Do you only feel as though you have worked hard if you leave the gym in a pool of sweat? Stress if you miss a training session? Feel unsuccessful when you can’t add extra weight to your lift each week? Or maybe every Monday, you train extra hard to burn the calories off from the weekend?
IS YOUR COMMITMENT TO TRAINING THE REASON YOU AREN’T SEEING RESULTS?
Having an unhealthy relationship with your training can be detrimental to your results.
I am the first person to admit that I used to have an addiction to training. I would be in the gym a minimum of 6 times a week. If I didn’t sweat enough when I was lifting, I would finish my session with some sprints to “actually work hard”.
Did it get me results? Over the course of months I noticed I was holding a lot more weight around my lower belly and had no visible muscle definition despite how hard I trained. Pair uneducated training with a poor relationship with food- every 2-4 weeks without a doubt I would be so sick and so run down that I’d need to take a week off from training.
Unfortunately, I see training addiction regularly. We have clients that have come from training every day. Professional athletes, performers, body builders. For many of them, their norm was living in a state of constant fatigue and not knowing otherwise. The most common training addiction I see is women believing that they have to train 5-7 days a week to achieve their weight loss and body composition goals.
This is not a commitment to your health. It can be unhealthy for your body and your mind.
We are here to tell you that this does not have to be the case! You can have great physical results while maintaining a lifestyle that allows you to remain in control in all aspects of your life.
Amongst the many effects of excessive training without the presence of adequate recovery we see common issues arising for many women. These can include weight gain, chronic fatigue, decrease in performance, hormone imbalances, fertility issues and the list goes on.
Having a healthy relationship with your training ensures you sustain longevity with your training and avoid cycling in and out.
So, how do you achieve this? Having helped a number of women to find their balance as well as overcoming my own training addiction, the following points are so important to consider:
1) Listen to your body. You are not meant to feel foggy, tired, weak or have a headache frequently. These are classic signs that something is going on inside! If you are feeling unwell or run down, it may mean you need to take a day off training and spend your time actively recovering. Not training doesn’t mean not moving! A light walk, foam rolling and stretching are great ways to relax your body and your mind.
2) Find yourself a coach. As a coach, it is my job to help my clients find a suitable training regime. This means that it must fit in with their own lifestyle while allowing them to get them optimal results with the least amount of work possible. Time and time again many of our clients are surprised with how much more their body can achieve over a 12 week period by training responsibly and effectively. Finding this balance is difficult alone. Having a Coach to appropriately program to your goals, body and lifestyle is of the utmost importance.
3) Have a training journal. Keep track of how your body feels, your energy levels, your food and water consumption and of course your training. This will allow you to reflect and have insight into what may or may not be achieving a desired effect. If your fatigue is high and you’re not recovering after 3-4 consecutive training days, it might be time to incorporate a rest day, address your recovery strategies or change your training program.
The most important thing to remember is that consistency is the key to long term and sustainable results. Train at a frequency that you can maintain year round, suits your lifestyle and gets you results. Remember to consider: what is the least amount of work I can do in order to achieve the results I am after.
Coach Jess x