Over-Training: About Us

Over-Training: About Us

Hi my Name is Christopher Barker and welcome to Over-Training.

What is Over-Training? 

Over-training is a subject  which has long been debated in the fitness world, and carries with it negative connotations.

In principle it is described as training where the overload stimulus exceeds the body’s ability to adapt to it.

Is too much of a good thing bad? The answer is yes, and whilst I do agree that over training will hinder your goals, whether it be fat loss or muscular gains, I believe that the widely established definition of over training is wrong.  Like diet and nutrition, what works for one person might not work for another. Genetics, work, diet are all factors to be taken into account when starting a training programme.

I believe that Over-Training is used as an excuse.  You need to push your body in order to force change/growth and this is one of my key principles when it comes to training and one that has brought lots of success, both for myself and my clients. Your body is amazing and will adapt to what you put it through, what people believe to be over training is actually a great way of forcing your body to adapt and grow.

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This is why I chose this as the title of my company, I want to highlight the ‘Personal’ aspect in my Training approach with clients, there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach. I like to treat everyone differently, in a way that helps them to achieve their goals in the best possible way.

Over-Training About Us:

Fitness and body building has been a passion of mine ever since I first saw Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan.

Like many beginners to the world of exercise and fitness i made all the classic mistakes during my first few years of training. It wasn’t untill my second year of university when i was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease that I started to learn about the key principles to building a healthier body. When I was diagnosed with Crohn’s i was put on a lot of medication and I found it hard to exercise.

After doing extensive research on Crohn’s I learnt that many other suffers had been able to come off medication and keep their illness in remission through correct diet and exercise.  I started to experiment with diets and exercise regimes. Whilst it is still my belief that everyone is different, the basic principles to obtaining a better and healthier body are the same.

I am pleased to say that it has been over four years since I came off all medication and my disease has been in remission.

What I first thought was a weakness I have come to view as a great strength. Because of it I have now got a great understanding of diet and nutrition.My life has become all about fitness, I hope to use my experience and knowledge to help you avoid making mistakes that will hinder your progress, and help motivate you to achieve your goals.

I am now one of the few lucky people who can say they do what they love for a living.

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Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instruction

Active IQ level 3 Certificate in Personal Training

Active IQ level 2 Award in Instructing Circuits

Active IQ Level 2 Award in Instructing Studio Cycling

Active IQ Level 2 Award in Instructing Kettle-bells

VFA (Vision Fitness Academy) certificate in PT Padwork

VFA Certificate in Business Start Up

Les Mils- GRIT Certified Trainer

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