Can you overtrain?
I got this question over the weekend. It's a great one. And simply put the answer is: YES! 100% you can overtrain.
Here's what to look out for. You should have at least 1 if not 2 rest or active recovery days during your weekly training schedule. Don't combine 3 heavy, long training days in a row. Training programs that last over 1 hour should be done 1 or 2 times a week and spread out unless they are endurance style running, biking or swimming.
Symptoms. Tired, irritable, loss of appetite, insomnia, decreased performance, reduced immune system and more.
If you have ever been a member of a CrossFit gym, you have probably noticed that there's 1 or 2 members who fall victim to this unhealthy pattern.
The real truth about training is you make more gains on recovery days. AND, when you take a rest and come back, you see huge performance gains.
If you aren't getting the results you want but you are training for over 10 hours a week, you may need to change how you are training. Work smarter not longer.
SEAL Grinder PT's 180 Day and 365 Day Training plans are smart, balanced healthy training systems. They have rest days, deload weeks and help you recover so you can perform better!