New to the board. Have some questions which I'm sure you all have seen at one point in time, sorry if they seem stupid. I just started lifting, about a month and a half ago. To build initial muscle, I've been doing primarily machines. I go every other day, and exercise most all the major muscle groups, lower and upper body. Since I had very low muscle mass to begin with, I've seen enough improvement to make me feel like I'm doing some good. I have seen a lotta people say they exercise their major muscle groups no more than once, or twice a week. I do so about 4 times a week. Are there ramifications to this? Approximately how long should the muscles "rest"? And for all of those people who will suggest free weights, I am attempting to make that transition with a buddy who knows what exercises to do.
Yeah anyway answers to those questions and any tips for a novice would be great thanks for your help!