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    2 days off in a row is bad?

    My good friend who is jacked, says he never takes 2 days off during bulking time because it's pointless. His split is
    day 1 back n bis
    day 2 legs
    day 3 off
    day 4 chest n tris
    day 5 shoulder n traps
    day 6 off day 7 repeat

    Is this true ? I have been lifting had for about 40 days and havent had two days rest in a long time,

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    Id say during a bulking time their is nothing wrong with this however during cutting i could see the logic
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    i think rest is just as important as is your training and diet
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    Your friend is a gym rat. If you've only been training for 40 days, I wouldn't attempt to emulate somone's split who is much more advanced than you are. Also, how can he say he never takes 2 days off when day 3 and day 6 are off?

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    He meant 2 days off in a row.

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    Im asking if 2 days off in a row is bad for you, will I loose strength ?

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    My good friend who is jacked, says he never takes 2 days off during bulking time because it's pointless. His split is
    day 1 back n bis
    day 2 legs
    day 3 off
    day 4 chest n tris
    day 5 shoulder n traps
    day 6 off day 7 repeat

    Is this true ? I have been lifting had for about 40 days and havent had two days rest in a long time



    Heck no. 2 days off in a row won't hurt you, at all. I took last week off due to a minor leg injury and came back stronger. I set a personal best in deads. There are people that do 3 day splits, working Mon, Wed. and Friday, with the weekend off.
    It all depends on how hard you work and how well your body recovers. Stick to what you're doing and ignore other routines for at least a couple more months, concentrating on learning how to do all the lifts correctly. Stay away from machines and use nearly all free weights. Try to focus on compound movement exercises - squats, deads, bench flat/incline, bent over rowing, dips, pullups, standing military press, etc. These will help you build strength and size better than machines will.
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    If he does legs the day after back, I'd be willing to bet he either doesn't do deads or squats.

    To answer you question tho, 2 days off in a row will just give you more recovery time...your muscles wont dissapear.

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    I take two days in a row off every week and I get stronger every week.
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    FRIDAY and SATURDAY are my days off. We're only human, not machines.. even so, machines need rest too. Think of those days as rewards.. stay home eat and rest or go out and do something fun. last year when i took a year off from school, i'd take myself out shopping every 5lbs gained hahaha IT'S FUN.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plumber20
    His split is
    day 1 back n bis
    day 2 legs
    day 3 off
    day 4 chest n tris
    day 5 shoulder n traps
    day 6 off day 7 repeat
    Looks like he's got 6 days off in a row to me :P

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    to us the definition of 2 days off mean 2 days OFF from the gym. so if you do cardio in of those day, that day is no longer a day off. I think there's a difference between 2 days off and working a muscle group every 6 days. If this was the case, we all should workout every single day with one muscle group a day. haha I mean each group would then get 6 days of no direct work. Sure we can do that. But just because you can drive with one eye, that doesn't make it a good idea right? lol.

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    hahah those 2 days felt great, i shuoldered press 140lbs 4 times today and i regularly do it 2... now does this mean my body is telling me i should take 2 days off in a row more often ? My schedual is this

    Mon Bis n back
    tues tris n chest
    wed off
    thursa shoulders n legs
    fri back n bis
    sat ofdf
    sunday tris n chest
    mon shoulders n legs
    tues off
    wed repeat


    I go basically 2 days on 1 day off but since these 2 days off felt great....how should i change my schedual

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    the rest won't kill you....just do a 3 day split

    m - work
    t - off
    w- work
    r- off
    f- work
    s-off
    s-off

    your muscles build outside of the gym not while your lifting.

    When i was at school i would go everyday...but being at home i go 3X a week and i feel stronger with the extra rest

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    Quote Originally Posted by muscleup
    If he does legs the day after back, I'd be willing to bet he either doesn't do deads or squats.
    Don't place that bet so fast.

    I do legs after back day and I do both deadlifts and squats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by getfit
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    I've used routines that have two days off in a row for much of my time lifting and have seen great results.
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    So would you suggest lift 5 days in a row then the weekend off ?

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    you can lift 4 and throw in a cardio day in your split

    wknd off.

    i do upper/lower and cardio on wed.
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    Two days off in a row is definitely not a bad thing.

    One thing I'd recommend is trying different things out and seeing what works best for you. For me, lifting every other day, alternating upper and lower body with a lower volume, seems to do the trick. Every so many weeks, I'll take two-three days off if I feel like I need it. Give different splits a try for while (say. a month or so) and see how you like it. Why not start off lifting three times a week and add in more days every several weeks until you find the point where your gains are the highest? If you find something that works, stick with it. It's a pretty individual thing in my opinion.

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