Originally Posted by big_swede
Its hard to overtrain in the gym. Its often factors outside the gym that contributes to "overtraining". Stress, bad sleep, no time to get in enough quality food etcetera.
I like this quite a lot. I run pretty high volume on some very brutal lifts sometimes, and the only time I run into trouble is if I am under a lot of stress. Stress makes my sleep and food intake tank, and then I'm not recovering well.
To quote someone somewhere, there's no such thing as overtraining, just under recovering. I'm not 100% on board with that, but generally, its very hard to push yourself into a state of truly going so far past what you can recover from that your body rebels and just starts shutting down. But it isn't that hard to push yourself to a point where you become far more susceptible to injury.