Whey too much training

Shedding light on overtraining myths

A man stretches after completing a work out.(Photo by Sareenah Singh/SAIT)

A man stretches after completing a work out.(Photo by Sareenah Singh/SAIT)

We can all agree that fitness has a lot of benefits, especially the way it makes you feel after a workout.

The most rewarding feeling you can have in the gym is the pump where blood rushes to your muscles, making them feel big and swollen, and that bittersweet sensation you have when they hurt the next day.

Bodybuilding is considered an art, where most gym rats visualize themselves as a sculpture where they exercise to form their ideal bodies.

“It is a physical and mental challenge to see how far you can push your body,” says Trent Larson, a 51-year-old bodybuilder. “Plus, it teaches you about self-control.”

Back in 2008, Larson entered his first show and has competed in 10 competitions, including two Canadian nationals and several North American shows this year.

“Off season, I train five days a week. When contest prepping, I train every day, twice a day,” says Larson.

“I do my whole body twice a week and do cardio every day for an hour.”

Hearing this, the first thing that comes to mind is “overtraining.” Is there such a thing?

According to an article by Bobby Maximus on www.breakingmuscle.com, an online fitness publication, overtraining doesn’t exist. But your muscles may not be used to the degree of work they’re put through.

“There’s really no definite answer to this because it would depend on different variables,” says Rockson Adomah, a fitness enthusiast and first year business student at SAIT.

Our bodies are all different, which includes our genetic make-up, lifestyle, tolerance and recovery time. So, what may be working well for one person may not be working well for another, and that’s okay.

“Everyone has different recovery times,” says Adomah. “If you and I trained together, you’re probably going to feel sore longer because you’re not used to my workout and if I do your workouts, I might not feel as sore.”

It has taken some time for Adomah’s and Larson’s bodies to adapt to the volume of intense physical activity, making it possible for them to do what they do. If someone less active were to mimic their routines, only then you can say that they are “overtraining.”

“This applies to those people whose bodies are just being introduced to the gym because their bodies are not used to it,” says Larson

If what you’re doing is working for you, and you know you’re doing it safely then keep doing what works and ignore everyone else.

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