Two weeks ago to the day, I woke up at 4:00AM aching all over and feeling extremely nauseous.
“What the hell is going on?” I thought to myself.
- “Do I have the flu?”
- “Have I got some sort of illness?”
Whatever it was, I couldn`t sleep anymore, so instead of disturbing my partner, I got up, had a couple of painkillers (which I never normally do) and went downstairs.
I ended up feeling weird and ill all day but luckily as I live the `liberated lifestyle` I could take the day off.
So, I did what any alpha would do, got cuddled up in bed with a nice blanket and a hot cup of tea.
It worked, I slept for a couple of hours, got up, felt a fair bit better and within another 24 hours I felt pretty good again.
So, what was this mystery illness?
If any of you have ever been in that god awful situation, you will know that it was some sort of overtraining.
Not severe but hardcore enough.
The trouble is I had gotten so wrapped up in my training, lifting big, heavy and lots that I ignored the signs and plowed through it.
I did so many sets of pull-ups my back muscles were just fried, but I was loving the pump they gave me.
That feeling the day after a hardcore back workout when your lats are tight and you can feel them about to pop your t-shirt is awesome. The trouble is, it was training that full on that made me hate life at 4 in the morning while everyone else slept like babies. Damn, those snorers!
I ended up taking 1 week off from training and haven`t felt better in ages. My general sense of health and my raging boners are back (I mean it, I was getting a little floppy in the mornings).
Since going back to the gym, I am still training 3 times per week, but now my workouts are half as long as much more effective for me at this time.
In the past I did a similar routine and looking back at my diary that was the time I made some awesome gains not only with the bar but with shredding the fat around my abs.
In the next post, I`ll share my current routine with you, and I`ll explain just why it is so effective.
For now, just ask yourself this question,
Are you constantly feeling fried, tired and/or not making the progress you would like?
If so, and you are training hard, you may just be training too hard. Overtraining symptoms are NOT fun! Stop and think about what you can do to change it up.
Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.