By: Betsy Stevens NCCPT | Click here to find me on Facebook
One of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to working out is that if we work the same areas back to back, day after day, we will achieve our desired results more quickly than if we gave them some time off. Sorry everyone. That isn’t how it works.
- When you work your muscles with resistance training or free weight training, you are creating tiny little tears in your muscle fibers. (It’s not as scary as it sounds, I promise.) These tiny tears need time to fuse back together. When they grow back together, they grow back stronger!
- By not allowing your muscles to recover from the first workout, the muscles remain fatigued. The rule of thumb is to let the muscle group rest for 48 hours. For example: If you did a strenuous bicep and tricep workout today, let your arms rest and do a lower body workout tomorrow. Giving yourself recovery time is what will make you stronger and leaner.
- Not only will your muscles be fatigued if you do not give them a chance to rest, you will also not be giving your best efforts through the workout, let alone be motivated enough to get yourself into the gym. Keep in mind that when technique gets sloppy, your performance will suffer, too.
Just remember a couple of key things:
- Give your muscle groups at least 2 rest days in between training times for them. Even if they aren’t sore from your previous workout, you are going to want to avoid overtraining them until they are fully recovered.
- Two training sessions a week per muscle group is what normally is recommended.
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