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    Lifting weights 3 or 4 times a day?

    I heard from a friend that the fastest way to gain muscle mass is to lift 3-4 times a day, 4-5 times a week. I'm no expert in this, I just started lifting weights regularly a few months ago. So, before he told me about lifting weights that intensively I always thought I should rest at least a day after lifting to give the muscle time to repair and grow. So before I agree with my buddy on that one, I wanna know if you agree with him ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bleek13 View Post
    I heard from a friend that the fastest way to gain muscle mass is to lift 3-4 times a day, 4-5 times a week. I'm no expert in this, I just started lifting weights regularly a few months ago. So, before he told me about lifting weights that intensively I always thought I should rest at least a day after lifting to give the muscle time to repair and grow. So before I agree with my buddy on that one, I wanna know if you agree with him ?

    That would be a very bad idea. Lifting the weights does not increase muscle size. The actual resting and eating part does. The only objective you have with lifting weights is to tear down the fibers.. a spark..not murder. If you lifted weights 3-4 times a day and 5 times a week, your muscles would be overtrained and actually atrophy instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichMcGuire View Post
    That would be a very bad idea. Lifting the weights does not increase muscle size. The actual resting and eating part does. The only objective you have with lifting weights is to tear down the fibers.. a spark..not murder. If you lifted weights 3-4 times a day and 5 times a week, your muscles would be overtrained and actually atrophy instead.
    Thanks, I was always felt a little cynical about that idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichMcGuire View Post
    That would be a very bad idea. Lifting the weights does not increase muscle size. The actual resting and eating part does. The only objective you have with lifting weights is to tear down the fibers.. a spark..not murder. If you lifted weights 3-4 times a day and 5 times a week, your muscles would be overtrained and actually atrophy instead.

    Rich is spot on the money here!
    Your mate, unfortunately, has no idea what he is talking about...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichMcGuire View Post
    That would be a very bad idea. Lifting the weights does not increase muscle size. The actual resting and eating part does. The only objective you have with lifting weights is to tear down the fibers.. a spark..not murder. If you lifted weights 3-4 times a day and 5 times a week, your muscles would be overtrained and actually atrophy instead.
    If your goal is muscular size then I see training more than twice a day pointless, however its very possible to set up numerous sessions a day for training and its very common in olympic weightlifters.

    Its about understanding how to do it, not just doing it like an idiot.

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    Stop listening to your friend. That sounds like a recipe for seriously injuring yourself, on top of overtraining.
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    dont listen to your buddy, what you think is right, muscles need time to repair, 1-2 days in most cases, 3-4 if you really beat em up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bleek13 View Post
    I heard from a friend that the fastest way to gain muscle mass is to lift 3-4 times a day, 4-5 times a week. I'm no expert in this, I just started lifting weights regularly a few months ago. So, before he told me about lifting weights that intensively I always thought I should rest at least a day after lifting to give the muscle time to repair and grow. So before I agree with my buddy on that one, I wanna know if you agree with him ?
    I'm guessing your buddy isn't very big
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris686 View Post
    I'm guessing your buddy isn't very big
    LOL, he's actually fat and has apparently started weightlifting to increase his metabolism rate and get in shape that way.

    ...and thanks for all the replies, I appreciate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris686 View Post
    I'm guessing your buddy isn't very big
    I'm guessing his buddy is feeding him ****.
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    Training 3 or 4 times per day is silly and will likely lead to injury.

    High frequency training has been done succesfully, however. Check out this article: http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do...dra?id=1324625

    I believe he also wrote an article about training twice per day which, apparently, worked very well for some people.

    IMO, though, I would start with a simple 3 day / week routine.

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