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5 Major Signs of Overtraining – It’s Time you Stop!

Do you think that exercising more than needed and exerting your body means gaining more muscle mass? You are logically incorrect. R. Rajesh Kumar’s article is an eye-opener for those who are taking this too far!

5 Major Signs of Overtraining – It’s Time you Stop!

It always doesn’t mean that more exercise will help you to achieve more muscle mass.

Exercise is good for health and more exercise will be more beneficial Right! But it’s not true because there’s a tipping point beyond which you’ll workout just to harm your body than good.

We all want to build muscles very fast and get a muscular body as soon as possible but it leads the body in a condition in which you cannot recover and meet the demand you need in daily tasks.

Overtraining is common now in fitness industry because we try to achieve unbelievable fitness goals in certain period of time but it’s not possible to achieve unrealistic goals. Set your goals according to your body and capabilities.

If you want to over-train your body, simply switch to a progressive overload program as these programs have rest period so you can build muscles without stop over training session.

Overtraining has many unwanted side effects but I’m going to list the 5 major disadvantages of overtraining:

1. You get sick more frequently

You have been training for months and months hard every session and all of a sudden your throat gets sore, or you are coughing inexplicably. Overtraining clearly doesn’t give you a chance to recover from common illnesses naturally and instead of getting a stronger immune system you end up weakening it because where rest is imperative, it has to be taken.

2. Aches and pains that won’t go away

I’m not just talking about the muscle soreness the next day after a hard session. I am talking about constant nagging pain in joints, tendons or muscles themselves. The worst thing we do when we have chronic nagging pains like this is to carry on training and not rest them as this most of the times leads to injuries. You have to listen to your body and take it wisely, don’t ignore the warning as later you will regret it.

3. Feeling fatigues and tires all the time

Are workouts starting to feel like chores? Do you have this feeling of being constantly tired? This is because you are run down and over-trained, as simple as that.

Fatigue is a cumulative effect and it is the product of weeks and weeks of training too hard and resting too little.

It’s the stage in which your body tells you that it’s enough and you need some sleep and rest. After a break, you will notice that you will not feel lethargic and ready to get back in your workout routine.

4. Decreased Appetite

This is another sign of overtraining. If you were able to eat a full plate of food, were always hungry and were always in a lookout for food to build muscles. But over a period of time you find yourself battling to finish meals, this happens only because of overtraining.

Take some time off and let your body recover and get everything back to the way it should and you’ll notice that your appetite will return naturally!

5. Training hard every session

This is one of the major causes of overtraining.  Don’t get influenced from the workout you see in the magazine. You need to remember that these guys use whole host of steroids and other performance enhancers.

They not only have access to excellent nutrition, they eat, train and rest for a living.

These workouts are far away from the average lifter who wants to build muscles fast but naturally! Otherwise it can lead to overtraining.

Switch to a program that incorporates progressive overload which will allow you to never have to take off the gym.


The important thing I want to tell you from this article is that if you have even one of these symptoms, immediately take a proper rest and take one step back from the rigorous training.

About The Author

R. Rajesh Kumar

R. Rajesh kumar is a Master Trainer having rich experience of 23 years in fitness and bodybuilding industry. He is a certified Personal Trainer from ISSA (USA), I-COMBACT (UK), .. Read More..


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