Impossible to overtrain on steroids

The point of this section being that you can’t look at a single workout or a single week or even a single block of training and say ‘This is or isn’t overtraining’.  It might be too much for one, just right for another, or too little for a third.  The specifics of the situation factor in and, again this is more of a hindsight thing, you can only know after the fact if the training load you gave was right or not.  If the trainee made progress on it, it was either just right (or certainly not too much).  If they didn’t, it was too much. If you did that too much for too long, badness might happen.  You end up overtrained.

The horrifying reality:
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First word of advice – don’t run, or stretch a certain way if it hurts your back. Secondly, if you can find a personal trainer, or physical therapist who can do a full body movement/postural assessment, that can be helpful. They can identify your areas of weakness and give you a few exercises that can help rid you of your weaknesses. Find compound leg and upper body exercises that don’t hurt your back and get stronger and better at them. In time, a combination of all the above should help you. Of course, be sure to check with your doctor before making any changes to your exercise regimen. I can write many pages on this topic, but hope that was helpful!

Great post, but it’s somewhat disheartening hearing that everyone that has trained with you has discovered that they weren’t training as hard as they thought. If one is training alone without a trainer, how do we know we are training hard enough to stimulate maximal gains? Should we do a second set to fill in the gaps just in case the first set wasn’t truly done to maximal effort, even if we feel like it was a maximal effort? If your clients already felt they were working hard, but in reality could work harder, what can the solo trainer do to ensure they’re doing enough?

Impossible to overtrain on steroids

impossible to overtrain on steroids

Great post, but it’s somewhat disheartening hearing that everyone that has trained with you has discovered that they weren’t training as hard as they thought. If one is training alone without a trainer, how do we know we are training hard enough to stimulate maximal gains? Should we do a second set to fill in the gaps just in case the first set wasn’t truly done to maximal effort, even if we feel like it was a maximal effort? If your clients already felt they were working hard, but in reality could work harder, what can the solo trainer do to ensure they’re doing enough?

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