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Motivation! Intensity! Discipline! These are all integral components to an effective and rewarding workout experience. Yet all of these powerful elements of success can be undermined if recovery is ignored.

I certainly know what it is like to have an unbounded enthusiasm toward exercise. I love to train! I would go to the gym 7 days a week and workout for hours on end if it would foster greater results. Unfortunately, such exercise addiction will merely lead to over-training. It just seems ludicrous - how can too much exercise be bad for you? Yet over-training is real, and it will undermine all the positive benefits exercise can have. This was a hard pill for me to swallow. After all, I wanted to be in the gym for hours, pounding out rep after rep, it was exhilarating, it was my drug of choice.