Thread: Overtraining issues
10/08/2006 5:52pm, #1
Does anyone else suffer from these. I go thru this wierd sort of cycle. I go way over board on training for a while, end up injuring myslf in various ways as a result and being out of training for a while. As soon as i can start back up I tend to do the same thing.
For a while there I waas training 35-40 hours a week as well as working full time. Kept this up for a long time then had tos top all together for 7 months as a result of torn ligaments with a side order of multiple stress fractures.
The cycle has repeated itself for years. Usually im out for a couple of months a year.
Its annoying as hell but i cant seem to stop doing it.
I just enjoy exercise too much. Sometimes when im trying to cut back I'll say "i'll just go for a short jog today and leave it at that". Next thing I know i've been running for 3 or 4 hours.
I know it sounds like a simple case of cut back, but i just dont seem to be able to do it.
Then when im out of action i end up jsut aout climbing the walls.
Anyone else experienced this problem?
10/08/2006 6:19pm, #2
train hard but train smart. I train as hard as I can but if im injured I do everything I can to make sure I don't exacerbate it (sp?)
I know guys who think they are hard men by kicking when they have a leg injury, continuing to punch if they have a hand injury. I dont have much respect for that kind of behaviour because nobody will think you are tough when you are 40 years old and are a surgeons nightmare.
one thing you might try and do is set yourself up a timetable of things you are going to do. make sure the things are relevant and have an end goal. when you finish it you can feel good about completing your goal for the day, whereas if you are just training for the sake of training you might feel like you arent getting anywhere. And make sure you focus on technique over everything else. this will stop you getting injured. watch my youtube vid in my signature, I didn't win because I was stronger or because I had more stamina (I just could hide my tiredness better than him) it was because I trained my technique better than he did. power and speed come with good solid basics.
10/08/2006 6:48pm, #3
Hold on a minute colon.
You where training 35-40 hours per week ? You where running for 3 hours at a time ? That is just crazy. No wonder you overtrained. Your're doing too much, thats more training than proffessional fighters do and it's certainly more than anyone needs. Just cut back to 3 times per week to back off.Hannibal: The sworn enemy of dishonest politicians, source of entertainment on Bullshido and newly appointed Office Linebacker. Terry Tait ain't got **** on me !!!!
10/08/2006 7:31pm, #4Originally Posted by Alex
Congratulations on your fight alex, he looked like he was going to make a run for it by the end of the video.
10/08/2006 7:50pm, #5Originally Posted by Hannibal
I think i train because i just love doing it and dont have it isolated to specific goals. Definitely a gem of advice on that one.
I have read about exercise addiction and wonder if this is a factor
10/08/2006 8:25pm, #6
I read in a book one time....
The Fighters Fact Book by. Loren W. Christenson
That you have to rest. Listen to your body. If you feel that your body is saying slow down then slow down. If you dont you will pay for it when you get older.
10/08/2006 8:51pm, #7
:5eek: What Alex said. I had the same type of addiction, though not as bad as you. As I finally got older and burned out, I figured I should concentrate more on quality, then quantity. Train smart---->Quality workout----->Better results. At least in my case.:XXsmoker:
10/08/2006 9:56pm, #8
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Stick to interval training, weights, and plyometrics. Running for hours is counterproductive.
10/08/2006 10:03pm, #9
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I have the same type of addiction... and it is an addiction. It's just too much fun, but after a while it hits me physically (or my brain goes like meh!), and I take a couple of weeks break (or just a major scale back of things.)
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10/09/2006 7:52am, #10
A 40 hour work week of what you call exercise? :flipando:
Anyone else experienced this problem?