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03 Oct 2006

Training & Resting...
Please help!
I have recently started weigth training again at gym after 4 years. I keep getting different information from different sources.
My question is: if I train a certain muscle group on one day eg. buns & thighs, do I need to rest that muscle group & do something different the following day eg: upper body or can I do the same muscle groups every day?
Also, should I have a complete rest day in the week?
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Kuki

It depends on what your goals from training are. If you are seriously working that muscle group - that is, very heavy weights, maximum power and strength, and you are getting pretty close to fatiguing the muscle on one day, then I do think that a day of rest before training it again is a good idea. However, if you are just training for toning and weight loss, then the recovery is much quicker, because the weight you use is lighter, and you don't need a day off between groups. However, in the classic 'split' routine, you would take about 48 hours between muscle groups. This is probably important in the beginning of your new routine anyway.

As for a day off per week, if you are only doing weights, and no cardio and you have the time to train every day, then I don't think that you need a day of per week, but certainly, you should try to take a day off perhaps every 10. That means 2 days every 3 weeks. Again though, this is something for later in the programme - for now, take the day off because you are just starting out. Later on though, you only need a rest every week and a half, provided you are resting the muscle groups for a day each.

Good luck
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