I had a thought this morning that I wanted to share. Perhaps it will make sense, perhaps not. It should make for interesting debate, nonetheless. Consider this hypothetical:
Scenario 1: Let’s say you’re playing tennis and you fall and scrape your elbow and it’s a bloody mess. You decide that you won’t play tennis again until it heals. As we all know, the human body has the skill to repair most wounds. Within a week or two the scab has healed and there’s no evidence that you had fallen at all.
Scenario 2: Same as scenario 1, only this time you’re a t-man or t-woman playing tennis and you surely won’t let an elbow scrape keep you from playing. Unfortunately, the next time you play you land on the same elbow and gash it up once again…before it’s been healed. Let’s say 2 days later you decide to play…and once again you fall on the SAME elbow.
Further, let’s assume you do this 4 or 5 times (or more). Finally, after cursing your awful luck, you decide to let the damn thing heal before you play again.
This time, however, because of the repeated trauma to an area that never fully healed you have a scar…and a big, ugly one to boot.
You probably know where I’m going with this, but hear me out. In a nutshell, I made this analogy to discuss overtraining.
If muscle is scar tissue, wouldn’t it make sense to train perhaps the same body part(s) for 4 or 5 days in a row (or longer) in order to repeatedly damage the tissue so that there is “scarring”? Isn’t that the goal?
If you train in a manner that allows a particular body part to fully heal before you attack it again, aren’t you allowing the body’s reliance on “homeostasis” to return you to the form that you started with? Isn’t that what the body is supposed to do, other things equal?
The reason I wanted to discuss this is that I’ve often questioned in my own mind what “overtraining” really is. If it’s excess scar tissue (aka muscle) that we’re after, “overtraining” would seem to be exactly what you need to do to make muscles bigger.
Let’s hear it!!!