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Pro powerlifter Mark Bell answers your questions about lifting very, very heavy objects off the floor and rack.
Overtraining is the bogeyman of the bodybuilding world. But is it really the menace it's cracked up to be? Our Muscle Prof, Dr. Jacob Wilson, looks at the research and explains how to safely increase your workload.
Just like your muscular system, your central nervous system can be overworked. If you feel tired, weak, and unmotivated in the gym, your sleepy CNS may be the cause.
I've graced more than 28 magazine covers in the past 3 years. The global fitness industry has branded me 'The World's Most Ripped Fitness Model.'
These 4 BOMB steps are the perfect arsenal for blowing your muscles to smithereens!
Overtraining can best be described as the state when an athlete undergoes a very stressful training regimen that he or she simply cannot recover from any longer. Learn more.
Here are some recommendations for training when you have specific injuries which should not prevent you from stopping weight training entirely.
I was easily driven to push myself beyond my limit, thinking I would have better results and look like the goddess I'd always wished... Get a reality check and some helpful tips on avoiding this training pitfall right here. Learn more.
When I started lifting weights, I fell into the same trap that most novice lifters do; I over trained. Here are the most common symptoms of overtraining, 6 common causes and possible solutions! Learn more.
Overtraining is one aspect of bodybuilding that is usually forgotten - Gym-goers end up with a severe plateau! This article outlines the damaging effects of overtraining and how you can tap into serious muscle growth.
Adding variety to an exercise program can improve adherence and can also help you stay physically challenged and mentally stimulated. Blow away your plateaus by considering the following ideas and methods of variation training.
What is the ideal way to train for maximum gains in size and strength? There are some general rules that I feel should be followed by the drug free bodybuilder in order to avoid overtraining and to optimize gains. Learn about them here!
I have had a number of people report to me with similar complaints: fatigue, muscle tension, prolonged soreness... After a thorough review I discovered they had been overtraining. Get details on causes, identification tips, and more right here!
Overtraining is an all too popular trend with bodybuilders and other high intensity training athletes. In the following article we will review what overtraining is, what the signs are, how to spot, and how to avoid overtraining.
How can one prevent overtraining? Very often bodybuilders fall victim to overtraining. Find out what some of the symptoms are, prevention, and more... Get the facts and opinions right here.
Overtraining is a common problem in weight training, but it can also be experienced by runners and other athletes. Learn what it is and how to combat it right here. Check it out!
What can you do to keep those bodybuilding gains coming if you have a job doing manual labor? I will share with you what I did to turn my losses into gains. Learn more...
Tired of training programs that want you to avoid overtraining at all costs? Then maybe you should take a look at High Frequency Training!
What is overtraining, and can we benefit from it? Well overtraining itself is not what you want, however over-reaching by design can be a good thing. To get more detail on this topic continue below.
There seems to be two more obvious reasons why physique competitors don't achieve as much definition as they hope to for a show. One is not applying enough effort and the other is to much effort. Read on to learn some of the symptoms of overtraining.
As the athlete continues to get better, it is human nature to want to add more and more stimulus in the hopes that they will continue to improve. Often this is not the end result however...
There are many bodybuilders who do not realize the important role rest plays in obtaining maximum performance and results from the hours spent in the gym. Learn the importance of recovery!
This article will try to shed some light on this most serious of bodybuilding dilemmas and provide ideas on how to avoid becoming overtrained while continuing to gain muscle consistently.
Let’s look for answers systematically (there are some, you know!). First, let’s talk about stress. Then about how it causes overreaching and overtraining, and what to look for as markers. Finally, how can we control it.
No exercise or training program proceeds completely free of difficulty. There are certain problems you're bound to encounter and, therefore, should be on the lookout for...
The International Conference on Overreaching & Overtraining in Sport is held each year. At this years conference, they brought up some great ideas! Find out what they are and how does it effect you...
Written by Tammy Thomas. After being suddenly afflicted with an autoimmune disease, my most beloved pastime activity of weight training came to a screeching halt. Find out how I overcame it and made new gains!
Written by Tammy Thomas. A good coach will recognize overreaching and overtraining and will convince the athlete that a day off now is better than a year off later. Learn how time off, supplements and much more can help you recover faster and prevent overtraining!
Written by Tammy Thomas. This week we'll cover stress in general, discuss the difference between exercise and non-exercise stress, and talk about some very interesting connections between mood and training status.
Written by Tammy Thomas. The general definition of overtraining is this - a syndrome occurring in athletes who train too frequently/in excess OR who may not allow for adequate recovery from intensive exercise. Read on to find out about the basics of overtraining!
You’re a warrior, you’ve paid your dues. Others have come and gone and yet you’ve remained, pumping furiously. Countless nights in irons cold embrace, unbreakable. You have been faithful to the cause, lifting religiously, offering your body as a sacrifice on the alter of steel.
When was the last time you took a day off for rest and recovery? Can't remember? You might be on the brink of overtraining. Find out more about the symptoms and when you need to take time off...
While a drug-using athlete can train twice as hard as the natural and make gains, overtraining is probably the number one reason for frustration with naturals - simply because the body never gets the time and rest needed to rebuild itself and grow.
Overtraining wears down the immune system and does not allow the body to fully recover. Find out how too much of a good thing can actually hurt you.
If you think that spending more time in the gym will give you better overall results, think again. Excessive exercising can quickly lead to overtraining, an imbalance between training and recovery. Learn why and how to prevent it!
If you want to prevent burn-out over-training and injuries, and if you want to continue to make positive results indefinitely, then your RPE should be one of the key factor in your program assessment.
As previously stated, quality experimental research is still warranted in this area of overtraining and staleness. However, the present evidence suggests promising ways to prevent staleness and maximize performance in athletes while overtraining.
Volume manipulation can help you make new muscle and strength gains. Use this four week program of overtraining and then tapering down back to normal to bust through your current plateaus!
Most people benefit from heavy workouts, but what is often omitted is that heavy is not equivalent to big weights. Heavy training for me is insane intensiy, extremely slow motions, almost no rest and too many sets. Learn why!
For the guy who wants maximum results with minimum time invested, an ultra-brief but ultra-intense workout will be performed about as often as he gets a haircut!
In my experiences over the years I have been training, taking a total week off from the gym has been a major contribution to my longevity and constant progress in bodybuilding and health in general.
You have been training hard over the holiday season, but now your hurt. Learn why your body reponds different that it did 20 years ago and find out how to prevent injury!
Well, to help each of us find our own meaning of life (besides Monday night football), we use names and labels. We have names and labels for everything in bodybuilding.
The gym attendent told me not to go over there but I did and he said 'I'm going to kill you if you don't get the hell out of here. I'll kick your ass.
Are you trying to convince yourself that the more time you spend in the gym working out, the better off your results will be?
Most athletes or avid exercisers will train through an illness or post training soreness even though the results limit advancement in their training goals. Science research supports the theory that the human immune response is at risk when over training occurs.
Certain individuals are swept away in their own tunnel vision, their own way of thinking and if anyone's ways are different or someone challenges their philosophy they attack. Read about it and learn the truth.
You're on your third and last set of squats. You take slow, deliberate breaths, feeling the adrenaline surging through your veins. With a growl of rage, you lift the bar off.
Most serious weight lifters have been injured before and are familiar with the drawbacks of injury. On another note, many beginning weight lifters, and even those with experience, fall into the trap of overtraining.
When you stop seeing gains really sit down and analyze your own self. Take into account every possible aspect of your life. It could be: Diet, Overtraining, Illness or Personal Problems.
For the past three months I have had two philosophies when it comes to training…HARD and HEAVY! Here is my current workout split and other things I have learned about bodybuilding.
Avoiding overtraining is one of the hardest things for an over-enthusiastic lifter to do. Most probably start off 6 days a week but eventually cut it back to 3 or 4. Learn when to slow things down and when to take time off.
Everyone wants to know the perfect amount of time to spend in the gym for maximum results. Three on, one off, no, four on, two off, or was it three on, two off, one on, one off?! I'm telling you it's enough to drive a hardcore bodybuilder to the lap pool. Learn about the different eras of bodybuilding and different theories.
There are a mountain of myths, tricks and scams that have plagued bodybuilding since its inception, which have clogged and blocked our progress from day one.
I am going to address the idea of overtraining and recuperation because it is actually one of the major aspects of bodybuilding. It's simple, the harder you work your body, the more time it takes to recover and recuperate from training. Train SMART!
One of my main concerns when I started bodybuilding was not to overtrain. What are the symptoms? How can you prevent it? What should you do if you do overtrain?
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