CT - Past few weeks I’ve been under a lot of stress, limited sleep (disturbed cycles) and have been caffeinated to the gilt. Max ramp has gone down, although I “make up for it” by doing lots of HDL and clusters. I drag through the day but my evening workout becomes that stimulation that raises my mood, and I feel that Im not getting as much of a pump, feel as explosive, or increasing strength (in fact, may be getting weaker). But I’m training 6-7 days and
Physique wise I feel less full, and a tiny bit smoother even though my dietary intake has been pretty low. I dont kno if this is symptomatic of “overtraining” but I definitely recognize that I’ve seemed to push past diminishing returns.
My question is I’m not sure if this is just slowed progress, regression, or vastly overtrained. I’ve been doing the layer system for awhlie so Im not sure if “newbie gains” (particularly as I’ve been reaming the high pulls multiple times a eek) are gone anyways, and I should push further. It’s just my performance hasn’t been upwardly trending but I crave the stimulation from the workout.
Along with this, I feel mood/mental performance has suffered. Limited appetite, vapid feeling, etc. It seems kind of obvious as I write this yet simultaneously the training is what gives me a mood lift. I feel like off days would make me haywire. So would appreciate hearing your opinion on how to approach this.
Olympic lifters go through that “dark period” where they keep hitting maxes everyday and then after a few weeks suddenly emerge with newfound gains and adaptation. Im not sure if a similar thing could occur here? Or i’d be better off tapering down to some lower intensity version of your layering system? Limited volume?