The terms overtrained, overreached, and burned out are part of the endurance sports lexicon. Often these terms are used synonymously, but there are many nuanced differences between these conditions.
Research on overtraining syndrome is in its nascent phase, and much is still to be learned about the complex hormonal and physiological complications that can lead to this debilitating condition.
On the other hand, while the term hasn’t long been defined in the scientific literature, overreaching is a training method with a long history.
Then there’s burnout—the lack of motivation or mental fatigue that most likely all of us have experienced at some point.
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