Cause & Symptoms of Plateau

Question: I am getting ready to run my first triathlon so I am training like crazy. I train every day for at least 4 hours, often more. My problem is, I seem to have reached a plateau. Not only have I stopped improving...I actually think I am losing ground. Is there such a thing as over-training?  

  

Answer: Yes there is such a thing as over-training. It is not something that most people ever have to worry about but it sounds like it just might be your problem. When you over-train your athletic ability actually suffers because of it.

 
 
 

Here are some of the symptoms:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Loss of motivation
  • Low energy
  • Stressed immune system
  • Muscle soreness and weakness
  • Elevated heart-rate of 10% or more

Your muscles need some time to rest to improve. If you ever find yourself over-training decrease the frequency, intensity and duration of your workouts. You might even want to take a break altogether from exercise for a week or so. If you have only been doing one type of exercise this might be a good time to try something different or switch to cross-training.

Be sure to give your muscles enough rest to recover and grow.


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