This next video is all about the fundamentals about overload. This is one of the most misunderstood things about training, fatigue and getting fitter.

Video Transcript

All right. So now I’m going to talk about how we get fit. Overload. We’re really getting into the meat of some of the training techniques that we use in our training programs and the philosophies behind them. I hope you’re going to enjoy this one. These are going to be great slides to get through. When I cover this one off, for some people, the light bulb comes on. There’s a lot more clarity around what they’re actually doing with their training. That may happen for you, it may not.

Improvement comes from training through proper, periodized training plan which provides progressive overload training and recovery. Now, I’ve put recovery in asterisks because this is where we need to make the distinction. As you train, it makes you fatigued, it makes you tired. It actually de-trains. It makes you less fit because you’re tired and fatigued. The training load is what does that to you. It’s in the recovery that the adaptation from that training load happens. I want to pause for a moment because it’s important to understand that it’s the recovery that’s where the fitness is actually being developed. It’s the component of both things. It’s the first thing that you need to stress your body and then you need to give it the opportunity or the space to recover to get fit, all right?

If you don’t get that balance right, there’s two things that happen. One, if you over-train, for these people going, “I’m getting less fit, I’m riding slower, I’m not getting fitter, I need to train more.” That’s one of the traps that people fall into. Sometimes it’s actually better to actually stay in bed and have a sleep in and a rest day, it’s actually better for getting fitter than it is to go out for a ride. It depends on where you are in your program and how you’ve been training.

On the other end of the extreme, people that get a little bit of training load happening and they find they’re running slightly slower and they go, “Uh, I need to stop because I’m over-training.” It’s like they kind of don’t push themselves enough to get enough of a training load happening to get the adaptation happening. They actually have too much recovery. It’s important to get that balance, all right? But it’s important to understand that it’s the progressive loading and the recovery that makes the difference.

All right. So this is how we structure our training programs and our training. I’ll go through each of these three steps, base, strength, and speed. There’s a lot of training programs out there. Remember, I talked about, you get stuff off the internet or you get a training program that usually addresses one area of this, not all of them. Or you get a training tip from a magazine and it talks about doing a particular interval session and it just addresses a tiny component of what we put together in our training programs.