There is a certain school of though that teaches people to be afraid and run away from hard work. This occurs in the fitness world as well. We are taught that if you train too frequently or with too much intensity you would not only limit the amount of muscle you can gain but even lose muscle from exercising too much.
After all, we grow while we sleep right. Or better yet, we fall for the myth that is we “eat big” we will “get big”. All we need to do is go to the gym and do a couple sets and then head on over to the supplement store and buy yourself a protein powder that taste like chalk instead of actually buying any gym chalk.
The stimulus is training. Our bodies undergo certain physiological changes to adapt to the stress placed on it. If you don’t train, nothing happens. This is reality for most people – not making it to the gym at all.
Take a look at Arnold Schwarzenegger’s pre-contest bodybuilding routine. The volume of his workouts are insane. Arnold used to train like this for up to three hours each day while still continuing to perform his regular military training duties. Most people can’t complete Arnold’s workouts let alone repeat them. However, the body always finds a way to adapt and your physique changes as a consequence.
People tend to forget how much the human body is physically capable of enduring.
There is a group of indigenous people in Central America that hunt deer by chasing them for days. When the deer sees the predator is panics and runs away flat out. The hunter slowly jogs behind the deer knowing to pace themselves and chases after the deer for days.
I remember a case study about a man who fasted for 3 weeks while continuing to work his regular job as a physical laborer. At the end of three weeks he reported only losing several pounds of bodyweight and claimed his energy levels to perform his job balanced on their own naturally within a few days of starting the fast.
Our bodies are designed to endure extreme physical endeavors and fast for extended periods of time while enduring physical challenges without breaking.
Don’t fall for the myth of overtraining. Instead, believe in the reality of hard work and working hard.