I talked about recently in fitness tip that muscle growth doesn’t happen while weight-training and tearing your muscles it happens when your body is resting. It is important to listen to your body when training especially if you are feeling really sore in certain body-parts. For a long period I over-trained where I was working out 6 to 7 days a week and I was in the gym 3 hours a day because I thought that the only to way build muscle was going all out 24/7.
Training this way was very counterproductive to me and my gains were limited because I wasn’t giving my body enough rest throughout the week. I used to tell myself why I am always so sore every day and I realized it was because my body was never given enough time to recuperate from my workouts. I came from the athletic background of no pain no gain so I thought that being sore was an indicator I had a great workout but it was an indicator that my body needed to rest. The more I educated myself on training the more I realized I was over-training.
You can get a quality and more efficient workout in only 4 days of training and resting your body 2 to 3 days and coming back to the gym. I’ve made greater gains training this way and spending less time in the gym. I went from training 6 to 7 days a week, 3 hours a day to 4 days a week 90 minutes a day and I truly feel it is more efficient muscle growth wise. If you over-train you are going to plateau it is that simple. Your gains will be limited if you over-train. Remember to always listen to your body and how it is feeling.
Don’t look at yourself as weak if you take a day off or two to recuperate because you are very sore. When your body is giving you those signals then listen to it as it will do that from time to time when you are training. If you don’t listen to those signals and continue to train you could cause injury to yourself. Remember that resting appropriately throughout the week is key in helping you attaining your fitness goals.