2x a week for growth?
- 08-04-2018, 08:46 PM
2x a week for growth?
Is training each muscle group 2x a week the only way to incite growth? I've been doing so and I have to say it's wearing me out. I'm 39 and my program looks like this
Day 1 legs
Day 2 chest and shoulders
Day 3 back and arms
Day 4 rest
Then repeat the process. I'm looking to gain size after cutting down, but is it really necessary to train each group more than once a week? Does anyone have any other suggestions?
- 08-04-2018, 08:53 PM
If it’s wearing you out you’re doing too much volume. Cut the sets down and see how your recovery goes.
08-04-2018, 08:57 PM
08-04-2018, 08:58 PM
08-04-2018, 09:38 PM
I train each muscle group per day to break it up, and when it gets to be too much. I may drop the weight that week for recovery
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08-04-2018, 09:40 PM
Maybe I'm doing too many lifts each session? I typically start with a big lift using 5l/3/1, then 2 other lifts with medium to high volume on 3 sets plus a warm up set
08-04-2018, 10:11 PM
Try a fourth week deload week or day on day off routine. Could be your CNS is taking a beating.
Walking the long road.
08-04-2018, 11:04 PM
08-05-2018, 04:17 PM
Edit - article is blocked, search in GoogleThe total volume per session (how many sets and reps you perform per workout) is a key driver in muscle growth. One issue is that people think “more equals better” but this isn’t always the case.
Based on the research, once you’ve done around 5 - 10 sets per muscle group, the body doesn’t require any further stimulus nor will it grow to any significantly greater extent. So, if you’re doing 20 sets for your chest once per week, the second half of your workout, or your last 10 sets, may be a waste of time and energy.
The stimulus your muscle needs for change can be achieved within 5 – 10 solid sets. Beyond that, the muscle is fatigued and the stimulus isn’t producing beneficial results.
Remember, by doing less sets per workout, such as 5 - 10, you can keep your energy level high on each set and perform it with 100% intensity. This will ensure you’re getting the most out of each set, rather than continuing to train a fatigued muscle at a low intensity.
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08-05-2018, 04:43 PM
08-05-2018, 05:07 PM
Consider working muscle groups multiple times a week, but not all of them in the same week. For example, stick with your split, but do back multiple times in that week and do that for a few weeks. Then do the same with chest and then legs or whatever body parts you want to see the most improvement in.
08-05-2018, 07:59 PM
08-05-2018, 08:05 PM
08-05-2018, 08:20 PM
08-06-2018, 01:54 AM
A whole range of different things work, but nothing works forever
Start with low volume, increase volume over time. Deload for 2-4 weeks when you can't complete your training and then start again with a lower volume.
Increase or decrease frequency every other deload. Or spend 4 weeks higher frequency for one body part, then switch to another
If you're not gaining muscle and not getting fatter either, you're probably not eating enough
I am a carnivore (diet based exclusively on meat)- Here is my diet and training log
08-08-2018, 10:21 PM
08-09-2018, 07:06 PM
In regards to training frequency also consider the more you practice something the better you get at it. I find I maintain a stronger mind/muscle connection when training muscles multiple times a week. Let's say you squat every single day. After a few weeks you'll be amazed how much better you'll get even if you've been squatting for years.
08-14-2018, 09:54 PM
Recently I have been doing weakness spot training. Or an area I just wanna see grow more. For now I am hitting chest/back together twice a week but pretty soon I’ll be doing legs. I tend to do this type of training once or twice a year.
08-15-2018, 02:20 PM
You work the whole body twice a week and get 3 whole days for rest and recovery...and mentally you just have to will yourself to workout twice before you get a break.
You can also throw in cardio and abs on your rest days if you're looking to get/stay lean.
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