adapt to overtraining


saggy pants
Mar 13, 2005
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hey guys i know this topic is a little bit of a stretch as tehre is no science to back up any of my thoughts but i have been wondering for some time now on some of the strength gains taht athletes get.

Wrestlers and football players seem to be what many lifters would be serious overtraining and perhaps it is but it hink that eventually our body begins to adapt to the overtraining and that is the new level of training that our body needs in order to gain benefits. So what im thinking is that maybe the limits to our muscle recovery depends on how much we push it... perhaps we have this whole resting deal wrong and once we push through our gains will shine through.

I see way too many people coming back from grueling camps where their ass gets kicked on a regular basis come back strong as hell.

Now im not saying that we should work til we injure ourselves but maybe our overtraining bar is set a little low...

or not :eek:
No, I think you're absolutely right.

Even though HIT is almost universally hated by those "in the know", the hardgainer mentality has made many inroads into the thinking of many modern trainers and trainees.

People hugely underestimate the ability of their body to adapt to greater training loads, given proper time.
of course you can train your body to be able to take more. many athelets train 9+ times a week for several hours. i would say overtraining is mainly a case lifting near maximal weights too often (even this can be trained but not that much).
Well, I'm currently lifting two times a day, 6 days a week in preparation for a bodybuilding contest. I feel fine. Just eat more vegetable and sleep a little bit more. I'm fine. But, when training for powerlifting or something involoving maximal strength (focusing on 1RM), I would say to lift only 4 times a week. I just don't think our bodies are designed to be tested to the limit 12 times a week.
When I was a gymnast in highschool our workout load was tougher than the bodybuilding literature at the time led us/me to believe was capable without overtraining. I asked my coach if we could do something different to allow maximum recovery because, as everybody knows, we get stronger when we rest and recover.

My coach said "yes, force your body to adapt to this higher load and you'll be fine."

It took a few weeks but he was right. Training is only 1/3 of the equation, if your eating and sleeping are up to par you'll be fine.