Have you ever completed a training session without a bead of sweat on your body? Or rather have you ever stopped halfway through your session bent over gasping for air, feeling the pain in the name of gains and results?
Depending on your training experience, you may have fallen into the trap of overtraining, in which you think that the more times you train and the harder and longer you go, the more gains you’ll make. But how hard and how long can you train before you begin pushing your body into a state of getting less than optimal results?
The body is a complex machine. There are so many factors that determine how ready your body is for exercise, affecting how well it responds to certain training intensities. Everything from dehydration, muscle soreness from previous exercise, and overconsumption of food can leave the body in a pre-stressed state, affecting your performance in the gym. Training a pre-stressed body at high intensities and neglecting proper recovery time will do more harm than good.
Similar to the gears of a car, the human body has several gears of intensities that it can train in, all of which utilising different energy systems. Just like a car, you wouldn’t constantly drive in one gear, as the gear would eventually burn out, causing further damage and require quite a bit of repair. The human body requires the same training intensity gear shifts to prevent overuse injuries and under-recovery.
Overdosing on the amount of training sessions, their time length and intensity can backfire on fitness goals. Too much exercise in one intensity gear can result in the body entering a catabolic state, in which the muscles which you worked so hard to build up begin to break down. Overtraining prevents the microscopic tears in the muscles from healing, which eventually increase the risk of serious injury. Those that overstrain their bodies also weaken their immune systems, as their bodies are in a constant state of healing.
So what’s the solution? Each of Underdog’s classes require the body to train at different intensities, which turns on different fuel sources within the body. Mixing up your weekly routine between HIIT Boxing, Strength and Conditioning, Power Boxing and Metabolic Conditioning is the key to optimal fitness results.
The important thing is to listen to your body every day, continuously switch up training intensities, and allow appropriate recovery and regeneration time. This will help prevent injuries and early burnouts, and yield better fitness results overall.