2021 Overreaching Clinic

This program is now in its 10th year of operation. Usually, our most feared yet rewarding of all the things we do at Hammer. There is something about this program that makes us quiver and get excited. Each year we have modified, tinkered and improved this program and we are getting pretty good at the whole set up (if we don’t say ourselves). But once again the brains trust have thought to shake it up again with an even more daring and rewarding approach for overreaching.


What is Overreaching?


Overreaching is pushing yourself into a mild state of fatigue with your training, in order to produce big gains in a short period. While regression in performance can occur during an overreaching period, performance rebounds back rapidly, usually above and beyond its previous level, after a short period of rest (see figure below). Quite simply, we train the shit out of you in a small amount of time, shocking your system to such a fatigued state that when your body finally rests, it prepares itself just in case you do something stupid like this again. The human body adapts by altering a number of physiological properties into an enhanced state and each year we place overreaching just before the Christmas and New Year break, so participants are forced into a ‘recovery phase’ when gyms are closed over the festive period. So theoretically, you’re making gains during the period that your blood consists of your folk’s pavlova or half roast turkey – Boom!



This year we are trying something a little bolder. Usually we look to do 14 to 15 sessions in 10 days. We use ice baths to help get us ready and recovered for each day right up until the end. We laugh, we cry, and we feel we have earned a bloody good break.

However, this year we are changing the format to make it almost like a training camp. We are concentrating the days to only 7. Nevertheless, still achieving 14 sessions in these 7 days. Ludicrous I know!

This program will be specifically designed so that each session complements the previous one. It is impossible to avoid residual fatigue but, in this case, it’s actually the desired effect. So be prepared to feel cooked. To help with that feeling we are in talks with some pretty cool recovery modalities that aren’t necessary available to the general public. We are getting our hands on some very cool technology as well as do the basics incredibly well. Therefore, throughout this short intense period of training, we are doing everything we can both in the gym and in regards to recovery to get the best possible results for everyone involved.

Here is a snapshot of the clinic:

  • Thursday 16th  December: 2 sessions – am and pm resistance sessions
  • Friday 17th  December: 2 sessions – am and pm eesistance sessions
  • Saturday 18th  December: 3 sessions – am and midday and pm resistance and conditioning sessions
  • Sunday 19th December: 2 sessions – am resistance and pm conditioning sessions
  • Monday 20th  December: 2 sessions – am and pm resistance sessions
  • Tuesday 21st  December: 2 sessions – am and pm resistance sessions
  • Wednesday 22nd December: 1 session – am only resistance session
  • Thursday 23rd December: 1 session – am only metabolic session

What’s included:

  • 14 x sessions over 7 days
  • Post-session nutrition (Protein and drink)
  • Ice baths
  • Hard Work and great comradery!

$280 including GST

(This can be split over 2 x weekly payments of $140 on 16th December and 23rd December)

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