Not Enough Rest/Recovery Time
In the off-season, your major goal is to put on lean muscle mass. Many novice trainers don't realize that you do all your growing outside the gym. Even some experienced lifters find it hard to stay away from the gym in the off-season. They do everything right: eat clean, workout out hard, but forget to give their body's enough rest and recovery time between workouts so gains are diminished. I hear guys hitting the gym twice a day in their "off season", this is stupid!!! You break down the muscle tissue in the gym, given that you fuel your body with the proper food. The final piece of the puzzle is time. You need to give your body time to recover. Without adequate time to recover, you will break down already broken down muscle tissue caused by overtraining. There is a lot of opinions over how long a muscle needs to rest/recover from a workout before you should hit it again. I am a believer in 72 hours, or 3 days of recovery time before that muscle is hit again. If the muscle still seems to be sore, give it another day of rest. The last thing you want to do is to injure yourself. I also reccomend if possible to take a nap, I take a nap everyday and definately think it helps with my recovery and has aided in my offseason gains!
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