Are You Overtraining?

Have you ever worked out consistently and all of a sudden your strength gains and results stopped progressing? I experienced this problem last week and I thought I’d share with all of you since its a pretty key concept in fitness.

Overtraining is a situation in which our exercise levels exceed our recovery capacity. It is a common problem in a lot of different types of exercise regimens when people are training a lot. Last week, I started noticing that my strength and endurance was dropping when I was working out with the team to the point where I was getting angry and frustrated at my performance. When I took a step back I realized that a combination of working too much (call this psychological stress), working out too much over the past few months (upwards of 2 hours a day on average), and inadequate nutrition led to overtraining. So I decided to take a few days off from workouts in general just to rest my body and rejuvenate it.

So if you are exercising a lot and start experiencing the following:

  • persistent muscle soreness
  • fatigue
  • elevated resting heart rate
  • increased frequency of sickness
  • irritability
  • increased incidence of injury
  • depression
  • mental breakdown

It might be a good idea to take a few days off from your workouts, rest and get the nutrition back in order. Our bodies naturally need a little break from intensive exercise every few months just to fully recover so you should never feel bad about taking a break. I know when I start exercising again today I will probably come back stronger since I took some time off!

Questions? I’d love to hear some stories about overtraining that you have too, please leave them in the comment section below!

About Chris Tse

Iā€™m a scientist turned owner of Blitz Conditioning, a Fitness Columnist at CBC Radio on Thursdays at 8:20 am, and owner of Tse Social Strategy. Follow me on Twitter or Read my full bio.


  1. Great article Chris! I see you made it again on the Bluehaus Daily as well! šŸ˜‰

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