Do you struggle to get out of bed every morning? Relying on coffee to get you through your day? How's your libido levels? If the answer to these questions aren't great you could be suffering from overtraining, adrenal exhaustion and disrupted circadian biology.
How do I know this? Because I suffered from all of this myself. Years of pushing myself in the sporting arena combined with poor sleep, too many stimulants and sub par diet led me to massive hormonal burnout. Fortunately I have recovered and learnt a valuable lesson. A lesson that changed the way I coach clients.
Many of you are aware of my sporting background. But what many do not know is that I was once very sick. This isn't your typical sickness - there was no fever, no vomiting, no pathogenic virus working away through my body. Nope this was an sickness that some simply scoff at or brush off. Some even choose to believe their is nothing wrong with them and grind through the symptoms.
How was I sick? In simple terms I was far from being healthy. I was tired, sore, had no desire in sex, training was a chore, energy was non-existent and I was exhausted. Chronically exhausted. But on the outside I looked like a picture of health. I was 25. I had 6 pack abs, I was strong and I'd just finished in the top 3 at national bodybuilding competitions in consecutive years.
The name for this 'sickness' could vary - adrenal fatigue, chronic fatigue and overtraining are all suitable terms. But the name doesn't really matter when you feel like rubbish.
A picture of health? Or just an illusion?
What made me realise that something was truly wrong? And what did I do about it? The answer to the first question is simple - Hormone and Blood testing. The second question is a lot, lot longer.
You cannot manage what you don't measure. This is a saying thrown around in business but applies to all aspects of life - sports performance, weight loss programs, one's health.
Simply testing my bio-markers (bloods, hormones etc) lead me down a path that changed everything - my diet, the way I trained, my coaching programs.. my life.
I was fortunate enough to be invited as a guest on The Mind Muscle Project to share my story, provide solutions for those in the same situation as I was and more importantly, help individuals avoid overtraining, adrenal fatigue and appreciate the importance of recovery.
This is all covered in an epic podcast recorded at Crossfit Creature in Sydney.
The podcast covers topics including:
Check it out on itunes - https://itunes.apple.com/…/the-mind-muscle-pro…/id934619356…#
What were your takeaway's from this podcast? Will you alter your training as a result? Maybe you're already suffering the symptoms I faced and this show simply connected the dots? If so, please go and do some lab tests to find out what's going on.
Feel free to discuss or ask any questions below. I'd love to help!
This blog post was written by Alex Fergus. Alex is an ISSN Sports Nutrition Specialist, Fitness Professional and certified Superhuman Coach who continues to expand his knowledge base and help people across the world with their health and wellness. Alex is recognized as the National Record Holder in Powerlifting and Indoor Rowing and has earned the title of the Australian National Natural Bodybuilding Champion. Having worked as a health coach and personal trainer for over a decade, Alex now researches all things health and wellness and shares his findings on this blog. Learn more about Alex's Credentials HERE.
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