Are you killing yourself in the gym, day in and day out, and feel as if your progress has come to a halt? There are many reasons why people plateau, including improper nutrition, lack of rest or overtraining. Rest and overtraining actually go hand in hand, because skipping recovery time is usually the result of dedicated athletes-in-training who think rest is for the weak and more is always better. Read more →
Q: From a Team-Marsh Facebook fan: I have a race coming up and am nervous already. What does your typical “race week” look like?
Brandon Marsh answers:
A: The week before a race is a concern for all triathletes, no matter the distance or level of competition. And my advice is the same for everyone: keep it simple and don’t change too much. The three main components to focus on are training, diet and equipment. Let’s go over these, one by one:
Training: It’s normal for athletes to worry about not having done enough or having done too much. The best thing to realize is “the hay is in the barn”. Read more →
Q: Do you ever feel burned out? How do you beat the training blues and recommit to your goals?
Amy Marsh answers:
A: Swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles and then running a marathon is a major feat for anyone. On top of that is the pressure to not only complete the distance but compete and place in a division. It’s an extreme request. So, the short answer is YES – I have felt burned out.
In fact, at the end of last year, I was debating whether or not to continue racing at the professional level. Read more →
It’s tempting to keep pushing, and pushing, and pushing yourself, but if you over-train, you won’t be doing your body any favors. Fitness model, author and mother Jennifer Nicole Lee talks about how to avoid over-training–and how the right recovery supplements can protect your body after a workout.
Work out like an animal at the gym and get fatter? That might seem unfair, but it can happen. Chronic stress in your life can actually cause you to store extra body fat.
You may have heard of the hormone cortisol, which is also known as the “stress hormone.” When we’re stressed, our adrenal glands secrete cortisol at higher levels than normal.
When we think of stress, most of us think of emotional problems, money issues, office politics, love trouble and annoying mother-in-law types. But there are plenty of physical causes of stress, too.
Some of these include:
- Lack of sleep
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