- Impaired sexual function
- Lack of desire to train and regular enthusiasm
- Women – disruption or cessation of menstrual cycle
- Restlessness – difficulty falling sleep or relaxing
- weak grip strength,
- lower levels of power (e.g. vertical jump is down),
- Nagging aches and pains
If this is you, back off and let your body heal. Take a week or two off training and then gradually ease back into training.
Between the blister and the callus is a patch of smooth skin. This is an example of insufficient stress. If nothing is happening, it could be that you are not using an effective programing, not selecting the best exercises or that you are just going through the motions without really working hard.
In the middle below my middle finger is a nice, big callus. It is the result of years of heavy lifting and I like to call it my built-in weight lifting glove. This spot on my hand has been stress the right amount and has been able to adapt and get stronger to prevent injury.
The callus is a great example of the sweet spot of training. The training stimulus is intense enough to get results, without over-doing it and damaging the body. To find this, you need to start with setting some specific goals and developing a way to measure them. Then, always come back to that measurement. If you are staying healthy and moving towards your goals, then you have found the sweet spot! If not, adjust accordingly.