There are several factors that could led to sub-par results in the gym. For example, those following a training program that is a little too generic in nature could lose ground on their training progress simply because their workout isn’t optimal for their goal or body type. Other reasons include inadequate nutrition, poor form or simply incorrect exercise selection. But perhaps the most frustrating cause of poor results is over training, simply because the more you do the worse the cycle gets. Overtraining syndrome is a condition that occurs when the body is pushed (through exercise) beyond its natural ability to recover. Importantly, it’s not to be confused with mere tiredness, which is to be expected whenever you are engaged in a comprehensive workout regime. So how do you know when you have it? Mild overtraining syndrome is basically the same as having the flu: you feel rundown, and getting out of bed in the morning is tough. In extreme cases, when the body’s requests for recovery continue to be ignored, long term neurological, hormonal and muscular symptoms could occur. The balance between training hard and resting is always going to be a juggling act. It takes time to get to know your body and what its capable of. Once you learn to identify the signs of overtraining syndrome you’ll be able to strategically reign back your training in order to recover and come back harder another day.