Can You Train Too Much?

Is it possible too strength train so much that you will not be able to reach your goals? This is a common question. If you want a straight answer, then yes, it is possible to train too much. However, in most cases, there are many intangibles that will determine whether or not your situation can still lead to strength gains. Look at construction workers, for example. Have you ever noticed that they are often well built? Think about how long and how hard they work. They work several hours per day at least 5 days per week. Wouldn’t that be considered overtraining? The reason construction workers can still build muscle – even if they don’t intend to do so – is because they are constantly using different muscles. If they were doing the bench press all day, their gains would be severely limited. Any gains they did see would be related to muscle memory, not actual strength gains.

The ideal way to train for strength is to shock your muscles. You want to avoid muscle memory. This is how you get stronger. By constantly shocking your muscles and doing something new, you will always be working hard and building, not relying on something your muscles are used to. By taking this approach, you can workout as many as 6 days per week. And if you are really gung-ho, you can do cardio or legs on the 7th day. Both are more important to strength training than you think. If you prefer working out the same body parts and doing the same exercises all the time, then at least make sure you are only working out around 3 times per week. These muscles will need time to rest so they can rebuild.


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