Stumbled upon this forum a couple of minutes ago, yes I don't really have any work to do right now .
I just have a question or two which I would like to ask and maybe someone will be able to answer it.
I starting going to the gym a couple of months ago. Yes I'm skinny and one of those people who doesn't pick up weight very easily - but I guess I have to look at my diet. Since I started lifting weights I have gained somewhat in size (only a little - but it is there) and I have gained in strength quite a bit especially in my triceps - so it's not that I'm not gaining. There was a time when I didn't really up the weight which held me back from being further than I am now. I'm still skinny haha, but luckily not as bony as I use to be (if I can use a term like that) - it was bad.
I'm not big by any means, but I have put on quite a bit of muscle. Don't really know how to explain but anyway here goes my question...
I bench using the smith machine since I don't have a spotter or training partner. I am however able to bench more on the machine than using the "free" barbell - I guess since you don't really have to balance the barbell also. Is this a good idea or would it be better to lower the weight and use "free" barbell to bench press?
Another question I have is what would be the maximum number of days (taking into consideration that I do have rest days inbetween) one can train a specific muscle group a week. For example would you only train your chest, shoulders and triceps 2 days of the week or can one train it 3 days? Lets say working on 5x5 for bench press, 10x5 for triceppulldowns, 5x8 shoulderspress (this is just an example of what weight and intensity I'm working at)