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Old 08-23-2008, 12:33 PM
 
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Default Skipping the resting part of muscle things..

Anyone do this?

I am not going to lift weights but use the weight of my own body by doing 3 diff push-ups/ab things....

Anyway..in the past I always rested minimum 24hrs. I just wonder if that really applies or matters when you are just using your own body weight. If anyone experiemented both ways with resting or strait through daily work please share.
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Old 08-23-2008, 05:57 PM
 
Location: The City of St. Louis
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I think it really depends on how sore you get. If I'm feeling noticeably sore, I don't work out. If you aren't sore you probably won't do any damage at all. I use weights, but have at least 48 hours between workouts. However, if you never get sore, you won't get any stronger!
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Old 08-24-2008, 09:11 PM
 
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I agree that if you're working out hard enough to get sore, it's better to do it every other day instead of every day. (I'm just going by my own experience and what I've read -- I'm not an exercise professional.)
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Old 08-25-2008, 07:24 AM
 
Location: SUNNY AZ
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Hey girly....I'm an every other day'er . I typically do a full body workout w/reistance and weights every other day and the days i'm not doing toning work I do strait cardio....

Regardless of where the weight is comig from if your sore you should do every other day as your actually tearing your msucles (this is why we get sore) and allowing them to rebuild on itself hence, more muscle tone.....so giving your muscles a day to do this is very important. It's a myth that only body builders "ripp" thier muscles......everyone who lifts weights and/or does resistance training is ripping.....
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Old 08-26-2008, 03:50 PM
 
Location: portland, me
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muscles need a full 6/7 days to fully heal and grow.

i used to go to the gym every day working the same muscles every other day. i no longer due this because it is less effective than working out a muscle group until failure and then resting for a full week.

this does not mean not working out for the rest of the week, but rather working out diferent muscle groups on the other days.

this is my schedule if it helps. 4 days done over 6 or 7 days.

day 1
-triceps
-shoulders
-abs

day 2
-lats
-back
-traps
-forearms

day 3
-legs
-abs

day 4
-chest
-biceps

this can all be done without weights. i have seen much greater results with this method.
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Old 08-26-2008, 07:47 PM
 
Location: The City of St. Louis
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muscles need a full 6/7 days to fully heal and grow.

i used to go to the gym every day working the same muscles every other day. i no longer due this because it is less effective than working out a muscle group until failure and then resting for a full week.

this does not mean not working out for the rest of the week, but rather working out diferent muscle groups on the other days.

this is my schedule if it helps. 4 days done over 6 or 7 days.
I also find that when I up my weights (I generally up every weight 5-10 pounds in a single day), I often need 5 or 6 days before I can really work again.

However, after a couple weeks of the new weights with taking an extra day off a week or so (I go 3x a week) I have no problem lifting every other day and generally don't get sore. I really think that once your body gets used to a routine you can go every other day with weight lifting (or even every day with light weights).
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Old 08-26-2008, 09:00 PM
 
Location: portland, me
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I also find that when I up my weights (I generally up every weight 5-10 pounds in a single day), I often need 5 or 6 days before I can really work again.

However, after a couple weeks of the new weights with taking an extra day off a week or so (I go 3x a week) I have no problem lifting every other day and generally don't get sore. I really think that once your body gets used to a routine you can go every other day with weight lifting (or even every day with light weights).
its not about being sore. its about proper muscle growth. the act of lifting tears the muscle fibers, and the final contraction at the end of the movement fills the muscles with blood. more torn fibers and more blood flow allow for greater strength and size.

even when a muscle is not 'sore', it is still healing. repetitive heavy exercise throughout the rest period can cause scarring and will not allow the muscle to achive its full potential. lighter lifting can be beneficial as it helps to flow blood, and thus heal the muscle faster.
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Old 08-26-2008, 09:25 PM
 
Location: SUNNY AZ
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ultimatly it depends on how much weight your lifting as well as how many reps your doing in accordance with your current tollerance......I might be totally wrong but I don't think the OP is trying to look like the hulk......

Trying to build muscle is different....you have to consistantly beat your last session....this can be either....heavier weights same reps....same weights more reps...or beat your previous time. The Body builder types I know work a different muscle group six days out of the week..... one day off....
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:04 AM
 
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I agree, if it's done everyday, then it's probably not enough stress to grow your muscles and you are merely doing a cardio workout, if that.

You may want to read up on HST (Hypertrophy Specific Training). They use a similar method to gain muscle.
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Old 08-27-2008, 12:53 PM
 
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I agree, if it's done everyday, then it's probably not enough stress to grow your muscles and you are merely doing a cardio workout, if that.

You may want to read up on HST (Hypertrophy Specific Training). They use a similar method to gain muscle.


Just reread the original post. If you DON'T workout with weights, then the HST is not for you. It is however usding the cumulative stress theory on your muscles to make them grow stronger and bigger, so that may still help you out with your questions.

I've heard a lot of good things about it. Seems to work. It is just a workout that gets more days/week for each bodypart. Their theory is why kill your chest once a week when you can coax it 3X/week? Something like that. Anyway, it may be along the lines of the original question.

Personally I do 1-2X/week muscle building workouts.
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