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Should I Workout On Game Day Or Is It Overtraining?

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How To Avoid Overtraining On Game Day

On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, we answer a viewer question who asked, should I workout on game day or is it overtraining?

This was a question from #AskLiveLeanTV Ep. 009.

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To help answer this question we are, once again, joined by special guest Jeremy Reid, from Jeremy Reid Fitness

Here’s today’s viewer question:

@KarlaGaytan42 on Twitter asks: what should the difference in my gym or home workouts be during my sports season? Should I workout outside of practice? Should I workout on game day or is it overtraining?

Thanks for the question.

Karla asked a question on previous episode about how much is too much exercise.

Although she mentioned she was a soccer player, we unfortunately don’t know where she is in the spectrum of athletics, i.e. is she a high school athlete or training to be pro?

Most trainers wouldn’t have their pro athletes training hard on game day.

When you’re an athlete who is balancing training, while being in-season, you have to be very strategic with your workouts.

For example, you wouldn’t want to go crush a leg workout when you have a soccer game that night.

You Must Be Strategic With Your Training Schedule

As an athlete, you have to be very smart, and strategic, with your training schedule.

When it’s game day, you can still be active.

But try to focus on relaxing activities such as stretching, mobility work, and walking during the day.

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Then go kill the soccer game at night.

Here’s What Jessica Did…

During Jessica’s athletic days, with on and off seasons, she used the in-season training sessions to get better at the skills required for the sport.

Although this primarily served as her workout, it didn’t mean she wasn’t doing other workouts as well.

But she wasn’t crushing it at the gym on a game day, then at night, going out on the field with noodle legs.

It’s important to save yourself for the games, then really hit in harder with your training in the off-season.

Increase The Intensity Of Your Workouts In The Off-Season

Regardless if you’re doing your workouts at home, or in the gym, you can increase the intensity of your workouts during your off-season.

That way you can give it your all during your workout, without having to save energy to play at night.

The off-season is your chance to really improve your game by training to get stronger and break down muscle tissue.

Jeremy Also Had Great Advice About Nutrition

Jeremy mentioned he also receives similar questions about people worrying about overtraining or working too hard.

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This is similar to the, how much is too much exercise on game day, question that Karla is asking

Nutrition plays a huge role in this as well.

If you’re wanting to improve by doing more, and going above and beyond what your coach is already doing with you weekly, you have to make sure your nutrition and rest is compensating for this.

Having your nutrition dialed in plays a huge role in allowing your body to properly recover.

Is There Such Thing As Too Much Exercise?

Yes, obviously.

Again, you wouldn’t want to go do a leg workout and then go out and play a competitive game.

However, when you properly manage your time, nutrition, workouts, and rest, you can get away with, and benefit from some extra training.

This extra training can push yourself a little bit further to improve your strength, agility, or whatever it may.

Again, this is all assuming your rest, food intake, and nutrition is on point.

Nutrition Is So Important To Athletes

As an athlete, your nutrition is going to be everything, since you will have to consume a lot of calories if you’re looking to work and train your body as much as you are.

For example, look at Michael Phelps.

During his training season, there was talk that he was consuming approximately 10,000 calories a day.

So crazy.

Last Thing…

Some people think that being athletic, or being an athlete, means you can eat whatever you want.

That’s actually not true.

You’ll get better results with your performance when you pay attention to eating the right types of foods in the right quantities, rather than just going on “binge fests”, then ignoring a couple meals.

Don’t be lazy about your nutrition.

When you really put more effort into your diet, you’ll feel better, you’ll perform better at your sport, and you’ll have better overall fitness.

Better games and better gains!

We should make a shirt that says that.

The next video post I want you to check out is called, How Much Is Too Much Exercise?

How Much Is Too Much Exercise?


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