Am I Overtraining?
At the point of overtraining, an athlete compromises their performance, effort, and recovery by overexerting the body.
We sat down with Dr. Dani Uruyo (a Crossfit athlete & coach) to understand the effects of overtraining and how best to treat it.
Dr. Dani Urucyo is a board-certified physician in Family Medicine who has been involved in the CrossFit community for 10+ years. He’s a certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and has even competed at the 2011 CrossFit Games. Here’s what he had to say about the overtraining mindset and its symptoms:
How Do I Know if I’m Overtraining?
Functional fitness participants have made it a regular practice to step outside of their comfort zone and reach beyond their perceived limits. Athletes tend to be the type of people who hate rest days, try to make it to class 5 or 6 days per week and even try to fit in a jog or spinning class when we can.
I often see the ramifications of overtraining including hormonal problems or issues with metabolism in individuals who are “burning the candle at both ends.” Sometimes these problems can take months to years to resolve.
Pushing the intensity of one’s performance or training frequency can cause symptoms of:
- Lethargy (extreme fatigue)
- Moodiness and irritability
- Metabolic imbalance
- Chronic injury
- Chronic stress
How Do I Recover from Overtraining?
Dr. Dani’s Approach
I’m a firm believer that food and movement have the power to prevent and treat many chronic health conditions and I’m passionate about combining my interests in Functional Medicine and Sports Medicine to empower individuals to live their healthiest lives. I believe SteadyMD is at the forefront of a primary care revolution, and I’m excited to be part of it.
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