How much recovery time between workouts?

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  1. Mogul

    Mogul New Member

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    Hi F&N. I have been working out using the Body-for-Life system for the past few years since I was given the Body-for-Life book as a gift. I know its not exactly hardcore stuff but it was my first exposure to lifting of any kind and it has worked fairly well for me. I'm at a point where I would like to try something heavier in order to put on more muscle mass, and I have been expierimenting with different training styles that I have found. One thing that has confused me is the conflicting information about recovery times. Some people say you only need 2 days recovery between working out the same mucscle and others say you need up to a week. I have done both and think that 2 days is too short and a week is too long, but I am still not exactly sure what would work well. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

    By the way I did do a search for this and check the training logs. The search didnt turn up anything (maybe there is a term for this that I dont know?) and the training logs kind of confused me :hs: . Thanks!
     
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    chest/tri
    back/biceps
    shoulder/legs
    rest
    repeat
     
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    mon: chest/bi
    tues: abs/abductor machine
    wed: chest/bi/abs
    thurs: walk on treadmill for leg workout
    friday: chest/abs/abductor
    sat: rest or walk on treadmill(be careful, you dont want your legs to get too big)
    sunday: bi/abs
     
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    I didn't want to make a new thread about this, but do you guys take your supplements on days when you don't work out (wondering about whey mostly)?
     
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    y1997 Made in the U.S.S.R.

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    I basicly eat the same thing as my workout days just in smaller proportions. Same goes for suppliments.
     
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    this is the routine alot of pro bb's use for that herculian look.
     
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    y1997 Made in the U.S.S.R.

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    Arms
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    Legs/Lower Back
    Chest
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    Rest/light stretching and maybe a little abs.
    Rest
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    For a new person do a full body workout 3x a week
     
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    Wheys just protein :hsughno:
     
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    The weird thing for me is that I'm not that new. I have been working out for 5 or 6 years. The thing is that the Body for Life program has a large number of sets for each muscle. You do sets of 12 10 8 6 12 12 for the same muscle group. When I began to exercise at a gym with a friend of mine, he was shocked at how many repetitons I was doing. However, I am actually happy with the results I saw with the program. It's a good program for people who dont know anything about gyms and fitness. Still... you do a lot of reps and never max so I don't think its the best program if you want to add some muscle mass to your frame like I do :) .

    Also if I did full body 3x a week I would only have 1 day of rest between each full body workout and I don't think that's enough for me.
     
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    Wouldn't it be easier to work your shoulders with your chest and tris? If you are doing things like bench press and inclince press on your chest/tri day it seems like that would give your shoulders a good workout as well.

    In any case I think I might try something like this. Thanks for the suggestion:)
     
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    thats what i do

    i dont really do any direct shoulder work other than side and rear delts
     
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