In this video, I want to talk about overtraining. Overtraining. Are you doing too much work? And, if you are
overtraining, what is the effect? What is the negative effect that it’s causing? What is overtraining and what is the
negative impact of overtraining? I see a lot of men who I help, they don’t quite
understand what overtraining means. Maybe they’re getting from the younger,
passionate fitness experts a certain definition. Or, it’s their interpretation.
It’s throwing them off! There’s a lot of little things that you don’t get
exactly right that throw you off. So what is overtraining? Well, it’s
training too much. Right, too much but what? Compared to what? The law of
relativity says nothing has any value unless it’s compared to something else.
So think about it. Well, too much compared to what? Right, “I train hard”, well compared to
who? Compared to what? Compared to you when you first started training? Now? In
the future? Right, “I train heavy.” “I use good form.” Right, “I’m really intense.”
“‘I’m really strict on my diet.” Those are terms and standards that mean something to you.
All right, there’s no universal code. Right, it’s a standard that you create in your
mind and hopefully those standards are high enough. Hopefully those are helping
you reach your goals. If they’re not, you might have to reevaluate.
Are those standards that you came up with, are they high enough? All right, you’ve
got to think about those standards. Right so what’s too much? Right, too much
training. All right, is there such thing as overtraining? All right, let’s talk
about that. All right, and then what is the impact? Right, let me tell you about
as far as overtraining is concerned. You hear a lot about, you know is there
such thing as overtraining? Or is it just underrating? Let me just tell you from my
experience, being in the gym for over 30 years helping men going through the journey,
pushing myself, you know I don’t think I’ve seen too many people including
myself overtrain by the traditional definition. I want to clear that up too.
Right, because whether you train four days a week, you’re intense for 45 minutes, you know
what you’re doing, you train with intensity, all right you’re gonna push
your body to a certain level. Now, you may train six days a week at two
hours a day because that’s what the younger, passionate fitness experts told
you you had to do. Maybe that’s what you think you have to do.
All right, so that’s a lot more training. Six days a week, two hours a day versus
five days a week for 45 hard minutes. All right, it’s my belief because the mind is
so strong, you will pace yourself over those six days through those two hour
workouts. You’ll pace yourself and you’ll find out
that more isn’t necessarily better. Better is better. And so, there’s a law
of diminishing returns from what you’re gonna get. Even though you’re in
there for six days, even though it’s two hours that’s significantly more time
than the guy who’s in there for 45 minutes five days a week. But you’ll pace
yourself to get through it. You’re not gonna beat yourself up. We’re gonna
protect our bodies. Right, we’re gonna pace ourselves. You may not think because
you are training at your standard, 10 out of 10 intensity, but you’re training at
your standard to get through six days, two hours. All right, so you’re training hard
to get through all that time. Where if you sandwiched it in, you had more
pressure, you know one more rep, five more pounds, a little bit more focus. Because
you could sprint through five days at 45 minutes, you’ll get the same return. All
right, you’ll get the same return. And that’s the mindset. You got to know what
you’re doing though. More isn’t necessarily better. But here’s the thing,
the biggest distinction I want you to remember about overtraining, right, most
men when they look in the mirror and they don’t see the body that they want,
one thing that haunts them, “Am I overtraining?” “Is it my training routine?”
“Am I training too much?” And the assumption is if you over train, not only
are you not going to get the gains that you want, you’re actually going backwards.
All right, so if you trained the right amount and you didn’t overtrain, you
would be 5 pounds bigger or 10 pounds leaner. “I overtrained, and therefore I
went backwards.” That’s not what overtraining is. Right, because of the law of
diminishing returns. You’re not going to go backwards if you overtrain. What
you’re going to do, is you’re going to waste willpower, focus, energy and time.
You’re going to be in the gym six days a week for two hours where you could have
trained an appropriate amount for five days for 45 minutes. So you overtrained.
You trained more then you had to. The law of diminishing
returns came into effect and you didn’t need to train that much. You overtrained.
But, if you think the way you look in the mirror is because you overtrained, that
you would have been bigger and leaner because you didn’t train as much, you
trained too much. That’s not true. You’re gonna balance it out. You’re gonna
pace yourself. You just used your willpower, focus, energy and time ineffectively.
You overtrained, but you didn’t go backwards with your body. All right, so if
you’re a man, you know you’re looking for all the answers, you don’t like what you
look like in the mirror, and you think you may be overtraining and therefore you’re
going backwards meaning that you would have been five pounds bigger or ten
pounds leaner if you didn’t overtrain, that’s not true. You’d look the same. You
just ineffectively used your willpower, focus, energy and time. So the negative
impact of overtraining isn’t that you’re going backwards with your body. That is
so rare that we can even throw that out. The impact is that you didn’t use your
willpower, focus, energy and time efficiently. And those are the things they get
you frustrated. Those are the things that don’t have you stick to a program. It’s
not a sustainable system and you could use that time for your family and your
business and other things that are important to you. So, a lot of men, older
men, they throw all the training away because they can’t do it. All right, I hope I
clear that up when it comes to overtraining. All right, sometimes we
can’t figure it out. I appreciate that zest to want to do more. You’ll figure it
out. You’ll scale it down. You’ll start
understanding that law of diminishing returns. But one thing I want you to take away
from this, you are not going backwards in case you overtrain. Right, you’re not
going backwards. So, if you don’t like what you look like in the mirror, that’s not
it. If you want me to help you crack the code, I tell you, I talk to men all the time.
And they’re talking to me for 10 or 15 minutes and I’m listening intently. I’m
taking notes. Because, there are so many smaller things like that that make this
training overly complicated. It’s making the journey so frustrating. They’re
willing to put in the work. Maybe that’s you. They hear all this information
that’s either misinformation from the younger guys, the fitness experts or
their misinterpretation. And it’s those things like overtraining. That
uncertainty. And it comes to the diet, it comes to all facets of it. Let me help
you crack the code. Reach out me. Go to www.skiplacour.com/coach. Fill out that questionnaire. I will reach out to you. If you
get a text from the 925 area code, that’s me. We’ll talk about it.
We’ll talk 10 or 15 minutes. I’d love to talk to you. We’ll see a program, if
it’s right for you at this time. All right, I’ll see if it’s right for you.
You’ll see if it’s right for you. We’ll figure out a program whether you’re with me
for 12 weeks, you know, or one hour. Right, let me help you crack this code. Let me
help you crack the code. Let me help you figure out the pattern. We don’t
have all forever. We’ve got more time behind us than in front of us. Are you going to
wait until you’re 65, 75 to get this? Let me help you crack that code so you can put
all of this willpower, focus, energy and time into what you’re doing, your passion and
use it more effectively. Get the results without all the uncertainty. Imagine what
it would be like to look into the mirror knowing that whatever you look like, you
knew exactly what to do. Imagine walking around the gym with
absolute certainty. So much certainty the younger guys coming to you. The olderl guys
think you’ve been training just as long as them. I want to do that for you. Have a great
day. Have an outstanding day. Have an awesome day. We’ve got more time behind us
than we do in front of us when we’re a little bit older.
Let’s seize this day with passion and energy. All right, have a great day. Have an
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