In this episode, Andrea, Eric, and Brad sit down for an in-depth discussion on overtraining and overreaching. The coaches’ conversation is packed with valuable insights and information relevant to all strength and physique athletes, competitors and noncompetitors alike.
What is the clinical definition of overtraining syndrome? What is the likelihood that a strength or physique athlete will meet this clinical definition? What is the difference between functional and nonfunctional overreaching? What verbiage can indicate that an athlete’s training is too intense?
Along with thoroughly answering the above questions, the coaches give practical advice on functional overreaching. This includes: when it can be beneficial to experiment with functional overreaching, when you should not experiment with it, how long you should overreach for if you choose to do so, and strategies for temporarily lowering volume.
1:42- Overtraining Syndrome vs. Functional and Nonfunctional Overreaching
10:51- Real-world examples of multifactorial acute injuries
27:24- Reasons for decreasing volume, scenarios which indicate increasing volume, and realistic time frames for progress
40:31- Functional Overreaching: When and Why
59:34- Verbiage indicating that an athlete’s training may be too intense
Selected Links From This Episode
Is Overtraining a Myth? (Eric Helms)- https://3dmusclejourney.com/overtraining-myth/
3DMJ Podcast #93: How Much Volume?- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpV0lc1i51c
Part 1: Identification of Lagging Body Parts (Andrea Valdez)- https://3dmusclejourney.com/lagging-body-parts-1/
Muscle Group Specialization Cycles: Why and How – Part 1 (Eric Helms)- https://3dmusclejourney.com/muscle-group-speicalization-cycles-part-1/
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