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A quick question

Post by andre » Sat Apr 08, 2006 4:10 am

hi guys,

just a quick question:
for someone lookin for bigger muscle size with a fast recovery rate is it better to
a/ heavily work each muscle group once a week (2 muscle groups, with about 4/5 exercises per group, a day on a split routine)
b/ work each muscle group 2 twice a week, reapeating the monday and tuesday workouts on thursday and friday respectively.?

any help would be great!

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Post by DubDub » Sat Apr 08, 2006 12:00 pm

That's the question isn't it?

Haha, well for most people I think working a muscle group twice a week is recommended, because you may not generate enough intensity once a week to necessitate such a long rest period. If you feel like you need the extra days of rest because you're lifting a lot when you do go, then maybe you should consider 1-day-a-week routines.

Matt Z

Post by Matt Z » Sun Apr 09, 2006 8:31 pm

Training each muscle twice a week is fine if you feel adequately recovered. Just remember it's not only your muscles that need time to recover between workouts, but also joints and connective tissues.

Matt Z

Post by Matt Z » Sun Apr 09, 2006 8:42 pm

PS.) 4-5 exercises per muscle group is high volume, even for once a week. Also, keep in mind smaller muscle groups need less work. It wouldn't make sense to do as many sets for biceps as you would for back.


Post by JeffD » Mon Apr 10, 2006 9:27 am

Yep, Matt is right. Dont do the classic newbie mistake and put barbell curls, conc. curls, preacher curls, and hammer curls all in the same workout.