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How much can your back take? (Quick question)

Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 12:15 am
by adam45h
So I'm looking to switch up my routine, here's how I'm rolling now:

Chest/Shoulders - Off Day - Quads - Off Day - Arms/Back - Off Day - Hamstrings/Calves - Off Day - Repeat

I'm wondering if I can just switch to working out 2 consecutive days and then taking a day off, then 2 days working out again, and so on. Am I risking overworking the lower back muscles by doing this, even though they are used as nothing more than stabilizers on the lower body days?

Oh, I also throw in abdominal work or light cardio after a couple of workouts a week, if that matters.

Posted: Mon May 12, 2008 5:31 pm
by scs217
Yes you can work out with an ABxABxx format. Here is a guideline:

http://www.exrx.net/Workouts/Workout2PP.html

As far as being careful with your lower back, it depends on the exercises that you choose.

http://www.exrx.net/WeightTraining/LowBack.html

Hope that helps.