If you read interviews with top athletes, especially powerlifters and bodybuilders, a favorite question seems to be whether or not they made any mistakes in their early training. Most will say that they spent too much time overtraining early in their careers. Many of these athletes feel that if they hadn’t overtrained, they could’ve reached their current levels more quickly or maybe they could’ve been even better than they already are.
Overtraining is a result of training stress in addition to the rest of life’s stresses exceeding an athlete’s ability to recover. This results in stagnation or even injury. At a minimum, it’s inefficient, meaning the athlete won’t improve at his optimal rate. If overtraining is so bad and it’s easy enough to fall into, what can you do about it? Well I’m glad you asked!