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Dr X 02-02-2006 05:44 PM

Overtraining
 
Excess weight lifting may hurt more than help
By Timothy Jensen


While women may obsess about slimming down and keeping off the pounds, too many men may be obsessed with hitting the weights and gaining muscle.

"It is probably even more of a problem for the general public," said Ray Burton, a certified personal trainer and winner of the 2002 Southern Alberta Body Building Championships. "It is like putting a nail in a piece of wood. Once it is in you cannot do anything more. If you keep hammering it, you will just cause more damage ... some guys end up in a hospital if they push their body too far."

To curb the obsession, people need to quit reading the magazines, Burton said. He added that magazines are designed to sell products, and the workouts written in the magazines are geared towards professional body builders. If people abide by them, they will be overtraining, get sick and get worn out.

Burton's Web site, http:// Buildingbodies.ca, stated balance is essential. It is good to burn calories and build muscle but that should not be one's entire life. A maximum of 2 hours should be spent in the gym and 22 hours away doing other things. Relax and enjoy life.

"I think in general, when you have to skip out on opportunities that would make life more enjoyable, I think it has gone too far," Burton said.

The major problem associated with workout obsession is that relationships suffer, Burton said. The individual gets more absorbed in himself or herself than the person they are with.

"I draw the line where you have to decide who is more important," Burton said. "Either you choose a partner that is equally involved in weight training as you are, or you just decide not to do it."

Simply Fit Inc., a company that supplies supplement drinks and advises on weight training, stated overtraining symptoms include elevated resting heart rate, loss of appetite, lethargy, weight loss and irritability, as well as changes in the testosterone and hormones involved in a stress response.

Burton said overtraining will cause one's muscle mass to decrease and the body's physique will enter in a downward spiral.

There is a big difference between muscle fatigue and muscle pain. Muscle fatigue is a tiredness throughout all of the muscles in the body. Muscle pain is a sharp shooting or stabbing pain in a certain part of the body.

According to the Web site's author, Dave Stowe, an assistant director of fitness for Le Club gym, when people work out or lift, the body produces endorphins. This is what gives that "runners high." Without it, one may feel antsy, irritable, and out of shape until he or she does it again.

"People just need to train a little smarter, have more fun and get the same results," Burton said.

Overtraining Symptoms

1) General aches and pains in muscles and joints
2) Not being able to sleep
3) Getting sick frequently
4) Nervous movements and fidgeting
5) Drops in performance in your sport
6) Irritability


I don't know about you, guys, but I have already had all these symptoms at least once or twice last year. All I needed was some time off the gym, doing other outdoor activities and I was as good as new and ready to lift heavy again!

hrdgain81 02-03-2006 06:00 AM

hahah this cracks me up. I will agree on some of the points, like most muscle mags arent worth the paper they are printed on. And that for your honest dedicated bodybuilder/strength athleate overtraining isnt always easy to spot.

But this makes no sense

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"It is probably even more of a problem for the general public,"
what i think is the problem for the general public is lack of activity in the first place. too many couch potatoes, eating potatoe chips. Overtraining fat stores is far worse then overtraining muscle.

_Wolf_ 02-03-2006 07:29 AM

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Originally Posted by Dr X
I don't know about you, guys, but I have already had all these symptoms at least once or twice last year. All I needed was some time off the gym, doing other outdoor activities and I was as good as new and ready to lift heavy again!

i have had the same experience too...

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Originally Posted by hrdgain81
what i think is the problem for the general public is lack of activity in the first place. too many couch potatoes, eating potatoe chips. Overtraining fat stores is far worse then overtraining muscle.

i agree here too... i know barely 10-15 ppl from a school of 400 kids my age and 400 a year elder to me who workout... much less who do it because they like to lift....

and i have a great social life as well, so i dont know why kids make lame statements like "dude, why should i spend my time workoing out when i can party every friday.." well, the fact that he parties every friday is a lie coz he's boasting about it 2 much :) and he's a dumbbass for making such an assenine statement..

Kane 02-03-2006 11:22 AM

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Originally Posted by ashimmatthan
"dude, why should i spend my time workoing out when i can party every friday.."

I still party alot. If anything the gym helps my social life, it's great when a chick recognizes you from the gym and starts up a conversation. How can 1-2 hours a day completely screw your social life up anyway? :rolleyes:

EricT 02-03-2006 01:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Ashimmatthan
i dont know why kids make lame statements

Kids are stupid. :eek: :D

_Wolf_ 02-03-2006 08:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Eric3237
Kids are stupid. :eek: :D

i agree....

atleast most kids... :)

another lame excuse i've heard is "why should i workout..? all people who workout have inferiority complexes and secretly homosexual"...

i think i cracked the skull of that last motherfucker... :D

Darkhorse 02-04-2006 07:21 AM

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Originally Posted by Eric3237
Kids are stupid. :eek: :D

;) :D

EricT 02-04-2006 05:10 PM

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Originally Posted by ashimmatthan
agree....

atleast most kids... :)

No, no, all kids :D;)


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