I'm seeing a ton of new posts about being Over Trained in the BB Forum, and around the site in general, lately. Guys... Its not happening.
How do I know?
Oly Lifters have 12-18 training sessions EVERY week, lifting with near maximal poundages frequently
People who play sports not only perform at a high level, but also train at a high level... Its basically their JOB to workout with intensity all week long.
Competitive body builders train their asses off 5 days a week, do 7-14 cardio sessions a week, and drop calories to BASEMENT levels in order to strip every last ounce of fat of their body. And how many of them do you hear talking about being over trained, even on competition week?
There are MANY jobs that require the use certain muscles more than once a week, and those guys don't seem to be worried about over training.
Symptoms of over training include:
Persistent muscle soreness
Elevated resting heart rate
Reduced heart rate variability
Increased susceptibility to infections
Increased incidence of injuries
Think a HUGE, sustained drop in performce (20-30%), AND feeling like you have Mono. When you start developing skin sores, a rapid heart rate at rest, and cant bench 135, NOW you can start crying over training. These are not symptoms that last for a day, or even a few days. These symptoms can persist for WEEKS, a month, or longer.
Overtraining is a SERIOUS problem, it does NOT occer with a 5 day body part split. It does NOT occur benching 185x3 twice a week. It does not occur with a back day AND a bicep day...
Guys, Seriously... Over training exists, but unless you are working out so much even the gym rats tell you that you have a problem, it probably doesnt pertain to you.
Lift some weights, eat some food, get some sleep.