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I know that over-exercising can have psychological effects and cause you to become more stressed or get a lack of sleep. However, are there actually any physical disadvantages to over-exercising.

Will over-exercising affect results when exercising for muscle gain?

Will over-exercising deplete your energy levels and render you unable to exercise to your full potential?

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Does over-exercising reduce muscle gain?

Will over-exercising affect results when exercising for muscle gain?

Will over-exercising deplete your energy levels and render you unable to exercise to your full potential?

Yes.


There are a few questions on Fitness.SE that touch on this topic but maybe not from this exact angle. Firstly, overtraining does exist. Stressing your body past its point of recovery can be detrimental, however, as the accepted answer points out most of us are not overtraining. The question then becomes: how do I know if I'm training too hard? Which is asked here and here. Don't confuse over-training with delayed onset muscle soreness. It is OK to train when you're sore.

From a muscle-gain perspective, you need recovery. The rest time is when your muscles actually do the growing that you're looking for. If you check out the importance of rest days you'll find a really nice graphic on how rest periods impact muscle growth.


Repeated links to questions for easier access:

  1. Does over training exist?
  2. What are the detrimental effects of over exercising?
  3. How do I know if I'm training too hard?
  4. What are some signs of overtraining?
  5. Is it healthy to exercise a muscle when it's still sore?
  6. Importance of Rest Days
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  • Those rest day graphics are only based on theory though... They really have no solid evidence of being linked to reality – user33077 Apr 27 at 21:19

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