Another one of those terms that do the rounds from time-to-time.
Most peoples belief is that they train, they ache, they feel tired; it must be because they train too much.
I find it hard to believe that out of the 168 hours a week; you may spend somewhere near 3-8 hours of that available time training, does that constitute overtraining?
In professional sports, athletes regularly complain of persistent fatigue, frequent illness, poor sports performance. However, these guys are training up to 5-6 hours a DAY!
This when a break would be recommended.
A regular gym user, probably, is not having adequate sleep, sufficient calories and maybe burning the candle at both ends. Something has to give.
Sort out some of the above, and you will probably feel fine.
Ask yourself these questions:
– Have you been in a calorie deficit for a long period?
– do you get between 6-8 hours Undisturbed sleep a night?
– have you been constantly lifting to extreme fatigue on every session?
– persistent muscle/joint soreness?
– No motivation?
Even if you answer yes to any of these questions, it doesn’t automatically mean you’re “overtraining.”
Funny how no one has ever said: “under training.”
If you think rest is what you need, then, of course, take it.
Bear in mind, that actual overtraining syndrome takes up to 4-6 weeks to recover. Even 2-3 months in some cases. However, as said before, these tend to be pro athletes or extreme sports people.
It’s not just a case of feeling a little ”under the weather.”