I will tell you something about overtraining. It is used as many as a crutch and an over used excuse.
Now the other day at work we had an incident in which the drawbar assembly of a railroad car, the coupler assembly, was pulled out of a car. The field official parked his truck and walked to the car with a chain, the chain is 30 feet long and weighs around 130 lbs. He had to walk a quarter of a mile with this chain and a hammer and hardware. They use the chain to secure it so they can haul it to a place to set the car out for repairs.
It got me thinking. I started out with the railroad as a carman, repairing box cars. I worked harder 5 and 6 days per week for 8 hours harder than anybody trains. I got stronger, fitter, and felt great. Doing train inspections I had to wear a belt that with the tools weighed in the neighborhood of 40 lbs plus carry a 5 gal oil can and a 12 lb wrecking bar.
So what does that have to do with lifting? A lot you muscle heads.
Back in the pre computer days of our sport lots of lifters worked construction jobs, manufacturing jobs, and even the railroad. Hard physical work, then they went to their gyms and hit it damn hard.
Too many lifters now a days who are clean say, "I can't train that hard since I don't do roids." Not to mention, "that is overtraining."
Then the juice folks say, "I would rather be under trained than over trained."
What wimps. My doctor who has a love of Olympic lifting showed me routines done by the old guys like Dube, Schemanksi,Bednarski, and others. Damn by today's standards they were overtraining, yet they won.
He helped me set up a new program, and I had 3 lifters tell me I was overtraining. Yet I hit new records for myself, in the 3 powerlifts as far as reps with some damn good weights. Then I take of week of what the Westsiders call active recovery. I feel great, have had experienced lifters admire what is happening, and been told my physique is looking great.
Tell you folks something, I really feel overtraining is not that, but it is under eating and under resting. Hell I sleep great at night, eat like a horse, and am more alert at work, and making gains.
The only supplements I take are multivitamins, Vitamin E, a lot of Vitamin C, salmon oil, Creatine, and protein drinks.
So think of this. You can train damn hard, eat right, not junk foods, and make some gains. Main thing is if you want to be strong as a horse you must train like one, eat like one, and be one.