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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís 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?

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    Once a Week vs Twice a Week

    Just wondering if you personally feel that you have worked your muscles hard enough once or twice a week? Personnaly i feel 3-5 days rest for any muscle group for me is enough rest or i feel i lose my gains, am i alone on this thought?

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    loose your gains in 3 -5 days your kiddin' me right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by teck
    Just wondering if you personally feel that you have worked your muscles hard enough once or twice a week? Personnaly i feel 3-5 days rest for any muscle group for me is enough rest or i feel i lose my gains, am i alone on this thought?

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    A week is not physiologically relevant.

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    However, if you work your muscles twice a week, they get twice as many growth cycles per year as opposed to working them only once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BG5150
    However, if you work your muscles twice a week, they get twice as many growth cycles per year as opposed to working them only once.
    And if you work the same muscles once every 4 days instead of every 8 days, you get "twice as many growth cycles per year."

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    Quote Originally Posted by BG5150
    However, if you work your muscles twice a week, they get twice as many growth cycles per year as opposed to working them only once.
    All depends on the person...

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    Is it true that if you feel that you must workout the same muscles more than once a week, it's best that they are small isolated muscle groups that recover quickly?... such as calfs, forearms, parts of the shoulders, etc.?

    Also...if you train chest and triceps on different days, you're hitting both twice a week (1 day primary/1 day secondary). Or atleast the triceps anyway..
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    Quote Originally Posted by clockwork24
    Is it true that if you feel that you must workout the same muscle more than once a week, it's best that it's a small isolated muscle group such as calfs, forearms, parts of the shoulders, etc.?
    A WEEK is not a physiologically relevant time frame.

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    ok..... just saying

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    Quote Originally Posted by clockwork24
    ok..... just saying
    The point is that a muscle might recover fully or enough to be worked again in a day or two or three, and so imposing an irrelevant external time constraint of a week may be sub-optimal.

    A weekly schedule may be convenient because of the regular work pattern of our everyday lives, but this is typically a restriction on when you can exercise, not what you can exercise.

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    Ok.. thanks for explaining. I am still assuming, however, that studies may help determine a timeframe for muscle recovery for the non-steriod bodybuilder.

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    if your legs are fully healed from squats 3 days later, you need to put some more weight on that bar

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