A lot of people are operating under the misconception that ALL overtraining is bad for the body and completely unnecessary, and maybe even the fastest way to derail all of your results and really plateau your progress significantly.
Sure it’s true that you don’t want to push too hard, too fast, and too often to the point where you are risking injury, but at the same time you have to be sure that you are always pushing yourself a little bit harder and beyond your comfort zone so that you will be able to create the kind of growth you’re looking for.
It’s also true that you can use overtraining (every now and then) to your advantage in a way that allows you to maximize all of the time you spend in the gym and really supercharge the results you’re getting.
Here are a couple of tips and tricks to help you do exactly that!
Push yourself to your limits…
What you’re going to want to do is slowly build up into overtraining – but that means that you want to take yourself to your very limits and then maintain that kind of intensity (maybe 80% or so) for about a week or two depending upon your experience level working out.
This is where you’re going to want to forcibly plateau your body all on your own, and you want to maintain this kind of effort level until you are sure that you could push harder but don’t just yet.
Then push a little bit harder…
Once you realize that you are actively plateauing all on your own and then you can handle a lot more capacity when it comes time to work out you’ll want to know me push into that extra capacity but past that level as well.
Sometimes this involves working out with heavier weights then you are used to, but often times it just involves cranking up the intensity by shortening your rest time between sets or stacking all of your exercises back to back in the form of a super set.
…And then (finally) dial things back considerably
After taking things to the next level and really overtraining your body for three or four days in a row you’re going to want to dial things back considerably, really reverting to the kind of intensity levels that you were working out at about a month or so ago.
These cycles are going to allow you to overtraining, stop permanent plateaus from happening, and gives you the ability to unlock extreme athletic performance.