Some of you may have heard of the condition Rhabdomyolysis. Rhabdo, for short, results from a breakdown of muscle fibers and the release of their contents into the bloodstream. This becomes a problem when there is so much damage that the kidneys cannot remove the wastes and concentrated urine and can cause kidney damage and even kidney failure. Incidences of rhabdo are on the rise and often times, you’ll hear about it in conjunction with a Crossfit-style training mentality of that “just one more rep” taken to the extreme.
Here’s the thing:
Too much of a good thing is still too much. This goes for everything: healthy food, training, water, vitamins, etc.
As an athlete, it’s important to remember you should always strive for balance. Eat enough to fuel you but not so much you gain weight beyond what is necessary for your sport. Sleep enough to fully recover both physically and mentally but not so much you’re groggy all the time. Focus on your training enough to get the maximum benefits from the time you put in but don’t neglect the other areas of your life (family, friends, education, work). And train hard enough to get stronger and faster but not so much that cause your body to breakdown past it’s ability to repair. That’s not smart, healthy, or helpful and ultimately will do more harm than good.
Find the balance. If you’re struggling to find it, hire a reputable strength coach to help you but make sure they have the scientific background to be knowledgeable in the most current researched principles. Performance coaches are trained to understand when an athlete is doggin’ it and when they are pushing too hard. Their job is to find that sweet spot to make sure you get the maximum results with the minimum amount of risk of injury.
One more rep is not always the best kind of training. Yes, you should push yourself….but too much is still too much.