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Old 01-07-2003, 12:52 AM
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Hello everyone.
I am new to this site. I already love it!
I have a question. I have always heard and now I have seen postings on this site saying work each body part only once per week. Right now I am working each body part twice per week. I am not seeing great improvements but I am not losing anything either. A trainer once told me that after working a body part you need to work it again within 72 hours. I think I have this in my mind and I am so afraid to switch to once a week.
I need reassurance!!!!
I am about 19%-20% BF now. I want to get to 16%-17%. I do have noticeable muscle but I want more.
Any suggestions??
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Old 01-07-2003, 10:38 AM
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I've always been of the opinion that you need to rest each body part sufficiently before working it out again - for growth and to reduce injury. Maybe you are not working your parts hard/heavy enough - do you feel "good" pain 24-48 hours after working out? Working a body part too hard may result negatively. You may find that if you lift heavier or with more reps to failure, you may see better results quicker.

Just a thought!
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Old 01-07-2003, 01:29 PM
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well i personally only work out each body part once a week. your muscles need time to recover and sometimes that will take a few days (longer than 72 hours). my muslces need anywhere from 5-7 days to recover. your muslces grow when their resting not while your working them at the gym. if you work your muslces too frequently they never get the chance to grow!!! by doing workouts more frequently, you risk overtaraining your muscles. this is not good. it may be the reason your not seeing any gains/improvements... your muslces may be overtrained.

the only other thing i can think of is maybe the intensity of your workouts is not that great. how many sets/reps are you doing? are you just going through the motions? have you increased your weight on any exercises? its good to struggle to get out 12 reps, for me anyways. i would try a one body part per week routine and see what happens. i think it will surprise you and your body! [img]/forum/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Old 01-07-2003, 04:42 PM
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<blockquote><font class="small">Posted by: soccerchick:</font><hr> well i personally only work out each body part once a week. your muscles need time to recover and sometimes that will take a few days (longer than 72 hours). my muslces need anywhere from 5-7 days to recover. your muslces grow when their resting not while your working them at the gym. if you work your muslces too frequently they never get the chance to grow!!! by doing workouts more frequently, you risk overtaraining your muscles. this is not good. it may be the reason your not seeing any gains/improvements... your muslces may be overtrained.

the only other thing i can think of is maybe the intensity of your workouts is not that great. how many sets/reps are you doing? are you just going through the motions? have you increased your weight on any exercises? its good to struggle to get out 12 reps, for me anyways. i would try a one body part per week routine and see what happens. i think it will surprise you and your body! [img]/forum/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] <hr /></blockquote>


Right on! [img]/forum/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]

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Old 01-08-2003, 04:56 AM
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A trainer once told me that after working a body part you need to work it again within 72 hours.
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That depends on the work out intensity.

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Old 01-08-2003, 05:08 PM
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Hi
Thanks for the reply.
I do 3-4 exercises per body part - 3 sets. I do work to failure and I do increase weight. As a matter of fact, this morning while bench pressing (without a spotter - not good), I couldn't get any more reps out and I had to roll the bar down my body and sit up with it [img]/forum/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img].
I think you are right, I may be overtraining.
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Old 01-09-2003, 10:29 AM
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LOL, I've had to do the "roll out from under the bar" thing a couple of times. Try using the squat cage, or you can just not put the locks on the ends of the bar and if you get stuck just tip some plates off one side.
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