WHAT IS OVERTRAINING?
When training, we tear our muscles on a microscopic level, which when repaired by the bodies immune system become bigger and stronger. Simply put, when the damage caused to the body is more than it can recover from or when adequate time is not received by the body to recover, the performance and strength level of the body drops instead of growing. For a much detailed understanding of overtraining, read my article Overtraining Definition.
Does that mean that a sore body is a reason to skip the gym? Not just yet. Many experts diagnose overtraining as a chronic situation and as such its symptoms, although easily ignored, are quite prominent. Why do the ‘other’ experts then claim overtraining to be an overblown concept or as even a myth?
Well, myth is an overstatement and if said literally, it would only be foolish to ignore medical and scientific fitness studies. However, to be fair, what these guys really mean by it is that the majority of the people just use it as an excuse to slack on training.