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More is NOT More

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So many people think that the longer you exercise, the better. The sorer you are, the better. The sweatier you are, the better. I’m here to tell you that more is not more. That workouts can be effective in short amounts of time and without leaving you feeling crippled afterwards.

What so many people don’t understand is that working out too much can actually inhibit your progress. Overtraining can actually get your farther form your goals rather then closer to them.

Your workouts should provide the precise amount of stimulation you need to trigger an adaptation response, whether that response is weight loss, endurance or muscle gain. Once you stimulate your muscles you have put in the work needed to make a change. Now it’s time to recover. There is definitely a point of diminishing returns when it comes to training. If you push your body too hard, it will eventually start fighting against you.

See, your muscles don’t grow when you are working out, they grow and change when you are recovering and resting. So, if you never let your body rest, you will never see the change you should from all your hard work.

I cannot emphasize how important it is to take those rest days. Even if you aren’t sore or feeling beat up. That’s a GOOD thing! Your workout is only part of the process, the real magic happens during rest.

So the take home message here should be – trust the process. Stimulate your body enough to initiate the change and let your body recover enough so the change become noticeable.

If you have questions about this be sure to ask a coach!