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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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  1. #1
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    Training several days in a row??

    A while back I read a thread that said training more than two days in a row was bad because your nervous system couldn't handle it. I have been very careful to make sure I have a rest day in between each day of my 4 day routine each week.

    But I have seen some people post their rountine as something like this

    Mon: Chest/Tri
    Tues: Back/Bi
    Weds: Legs
    Thurs: Shoulders/Abs
    Friday: Cardio
    Saturday: Rest
    Sunday: Rest


    That is four days training in a row.... and I thought that was a bad thing.....

    So my question is, is the above theory BS? Is it ok to train however many days in a row you want as long as you have some rest on the weekend?

    What is the deal with this?


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    I don't see anything wrong w/ lifting 4 days in a row.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint Patrick
    I don't see anything wrong w/ lifting 4 days in a row.
    i read something about your nervous system couldnt handle it and you wouldnt see gains



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    there is so much conflicting information out there..i thought four days in a row was bad too

    well, maybe it is if you train the exact same muscles every day

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    As long as u train diffrent muscles each day then im sure its fine.

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    Whether it can be done as opposed to whether it should be done is probably a better question to ask. It's all up to the individual and his/her routine and recovery ability. Personally, I can't work anything the day after I do a back or leg workout - I'm too wiped out. However, I'm pushing 30 years old and have been lifting for 11 years. I've already been through the "newbie" stages of lifting. An 18-21 year old kid, still new to lifting, could probably pull it off for a while before gains start slowing or reversing.

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    It depends.

    You *can* train every day. You cna train 12 times each week. It all depends on your goals, how you train, etc, etc, etc.

    In general, for a bodybuilder, I would suggest training no more than 2 days in a row. The reason is for systemic recovery. Certainly lots of people do just fine training 4 or 5 days straight. Expreiment, and see how it works for you.
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    Well said, Paul.

    If you train to failure on every set and attempt a bunch of max lifts for 4 days in a row, then it'll be quite taxing on the CNS.
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    I would imagine that as long as theres no routine/split conflicts(i.e working the same bodypart as the previous day) there should be no problem. The above split looks fine.
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    The CNS works differently than that. Its more fatigue for a certain exercise than really anything else. As long as you aren't testing your bench 1RM day after day, you'll be fine, where the CNS is concerned.
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    Considering the weekly microcycle is important, but don't let that distract you from longer period cycles of training, rest and recovery. I think they're probably more important in the long run.

    I was "training" pretty hard almost 6 days a week for a month and a half, either lifting of climbing, and it finally caught up with me this week. Sheer exhaustion, lack of motivation, lack of recovery etc. So, I'm not lifting this week. Just listen to your body, and rest when necessary -- it's silly to stick to a schedule you fixed 2 months ago when you're tired now.

    Damn 9.5 hours of sleep last night and I'm still tired. Though perhaps it has more to do with the 7 beers and 2lbs of mussels and cream sauce.
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    As of the last 8 or 9 months I've been going 4-6 days a week and on off days I'll throw in short cardio sessions. Before that I did a little bit less work, but I haven't really noticed any differences as far as how my CNS is feeling.

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    I think the question you're asking really is, "how often is too often?" Like most have said, it is the recovery of the CNS that holds you back when you lift everyday. 4 days on is not a bad thing, but when you start to notice an increase in your recovery times I would switch splits.
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    3 on, 1 off, 2 on, 1 off works well for me.

    Mostly based around my schedule.

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    For the past month or two, I have been training 7 times during the 5 weekdays and resting on weekends. I've had great progress. As Will said, CNS is more of a movement based system, where you will adapt or stagnate on a specific movement if you are continuously working near one rep max percentages.

    I think that it would be more like Paul said, where your recovery could suffer because there are too many musclegroups recovering at once and competing for bodily resources, so you COULD shortchange yourself if you don't eat enough.

    I'd say you'll start experiencing joint pains first, which may meditate a need to take some time off, as I am now. That's why periodization can work wonders if you go into a lighter rep phase for a few weeks.

    I don't think 4 days in a row is a stretch though, unless you are doing high volume with a lot of maxing out mixed in there.
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