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fixationdarknes
04-07-2005, 05:17 PM
I was wondering because let's say for example that I have 2 off days a week (Wednesday and Sunday), and on both of those days I do cardio (jogging or HIIT), does that essentially mean that I have no off days? So, what I'm really asking is: is it necessary to have at least one off day a week that is complete rest (no lifting or cardio)? Or can all the off days have cardio sessions and still be completely adequate?

DNL
04-07-2005, 05:19 PM
I think if you do cardio on your "off day" then that day will become your "Cardio Day"

fixationdarknes
04-07-2005, 05:21 PM
Well, I keep hearing people say that they "do cardio" on their "off day," so I'm getting confused.

Adam
04-07-2005, 05:21 PM
Do you need off days?
Depends on your recovery abilities.
Your young and I presume bulking so being busy everyday(be it cardio or weights) shouldn't hurt you.
I've been training everyday for the last ~4months.
I do weights one day, cardio next, weights, cardio, etc, etc.

DNL
04-07-2005, 05:41 PM
Don't listen to Adam... i mean he's a guy that's can bench 303, squat 403, and deadlift 503.. Just listen to your body.

Question to Adam: Why the 03s (303, 403, and 503)?

getfit
04-07-2005, 05:42 PM
Don't listen to Adam... i mean he's a guy that's can bench 303, squat 403, and deadlift 503.. Just listen to your body.

Question to Adam: Why the 03s (303, 403, and 503)?
yes listen to Adam!

fixationdarknes
04-07-2005, 06:02 PM
Alright thanks Adam I'll try it. I have another question. Is the point of an off day to give the CNS a rest or to give the body a rest from physical stress?

DNL
04-07-2005, 06:18 PM
usualy on my off day i would eat and eat and drink and drink for the betterment of muscle recovery.

fixationdarknes
04-07-2005, 06:25 PM
I try to do that too. My tummy is always so full!

Collegekid
04-07-2005, 06:25 PM
Why not just lift 4 days, cardio 2 days and 1 complete off day. Best of all worlds.

abwowang
04-07-2005, 06:30 PM
OR..
lift 5 days.. cardio 1 day.. since cardio is DUMB
haha
i hate cardio.. i just run to keep myself up to par..

fixationdarknes
04-07-2005, 06:37 PM
Well, the thing is, I don't really do cardio to burn calories or anything. I just want to have strong cardiovascular strength and be good at running...have a bit of good endurance.

Optimum08
04-07-2005, 08:56 PM
cardio sucks...i still need to start my HIIT regimen/football-specific cardio work....damnit..

Zygote
04-07-2005, 11:40 PM
I do WBB 1 Mon-Wed-Friday mornings and run 5k every night except Sunday. I have Sunday completely exercise free.

After each 6 week period I have an entire week off.

Need to make sure you eat enough to cover your extra cardio though or you might mess up your muscle gains.

Zygote

fixationdarknes
04-07-2005, 11:45 PM
That's true Zygote, that's why I have only one serious day of cardio.

Adam
04-08-2005, 09:14 AM
DNL - the 03's are because those were all provincial records so some of the weights were like 137.5kg(303lbs) while others i could beat by 0.5kg's because it was a record, like 228.0kg(503lbs)
Fixation - Off days serve a couple reasons. They can be used to give the CNS a rest, they can give your body a break, they can also be good for really busy people that work 60+hours a week.
I use cardio as my off days because i want to improve my cardiovascular ability and i find cardio to be a break on the mind for 30mins or however long i go.

fixationdarknes
04-08-2005, 04:39 PM
Thanks Adam.