Stress Adaptation & Overtraining [3]

12 Feb 2015
By: Brett Sutton, Head Coach
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From “The Ability to Adapt is Critical

“Age Groupers are driven self starters who would do or get up at anytime to fit whatever painful session coach has decided to give them.  Meanwhile, they are all working high stress jobs while juggling their family commitments also.  Despite this, all are so determined to meet their triathlon goals that they have at times, at least to me, made their lives worse.”

“It’s as if they have lost something of true importance. This can affect their mentality in a negative way, destabilize their week and undermine their future training.”

“Missing a session or two has no physical negative to a long term plan and that pushing through doesn’t enhance performance, it hinders it. Cramming a missed session in somewhere down the line. Just doesn’t work.”

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1 thought on “Stress Adaptation & Overtraining [3]

  1. MGrodski Post author

    Working out more isn’t always beneficial
    Published at Triathlon Magazine Canada

    Out of shape and trying to get fit fast? Cramming in more training won’t help.

    A Norwegian study has found that doing lots of high intensity training during a three-week period may not be as effective as doing the same number of workouts over a more reasonable number of weeks.

    Twenty-one healthy men and women, ages 20-25, were split into two groups and did 24 high-intensity treadmill workouts over the span of either three weeks — eight workouts per week — or eight weeks — three workouts per week.

    Both groups saw increases in cardiovascular fitness, measured in VO2 max, but those who did the workouts over a span of eight weeks saw a larger increase in fitness after all 24 workouts. The group who worked out more often had a similar results after three weeks of training as the other group, but it was still not as effective as the more moderate approach.

    After the 24 workouts both groups ceased training completely. The high-frequency group saw major improvements after they stopped exercising, but also saw a quick fall in fitness back to the original levels. The three-workouts-a-week group saw a slower decline in fitness.

    So a more moderate approach to your training will pay off more in the longer term than trying to get into shape fast. This does seem to line up with conventional wisdom about training plans. You would be hard-pressed to find someone who advocates eight high-intensity workouts each week, although the trend may be similar for less outrageous training plans also.

    It is worth noting that the study suffers from a low number of participants. The groups had only nine of ten subjects each, although they were tested often.

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