twista05
I'm switching my workouts up to do only one area of the body each day. First day is deadlifts, cleans, abs, hamstrings/lower back area. My ideas are like this:

Day 1: what I already described
2: chest
3: back
4: quads/abs
5: shoulders
6: arms

or

1: what i described
2: chest
3. quads/abs
4: back
5: shoulders
6: arms

or

SOmething else?

did deads, cleans and all that earlier, doing chest early tomorrow
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thebillwaltontrip
Unless you're at a very advanced level or chemically assisted, you don't need to go a full week in between training a specific muscle group.
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twista05
thebillwaltontrip wrote:
Unless you're at a very advanced level or chemically assisted, you don't need to go a full week in between training a specific muscle group.



Because muscles need approximately 48 hours rest to replenish themselves. This i know. To avoid boring myself I switch up my workouts every 6-8 weeks. I'll do a cycle where I do push, pull, push, pull, legs. Then I'll do one where I do circuits. Then I'll do legs and back, chest/tris/shoulders and go back and forth between those. The time I saw my best gains was when I did one muscle group a day actually.
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thebillwaltontrip
One thing I've found as I've gotten older is that high volume, low frequency routines are not practical or ideal for natural trainees for sustaining muscle and strength gains over an extended period of time. You can get away with it to an extent when you're younger because testosterone levels are elevated, but even then, it is not optimal to train with that much volume or that many days a week when you're natural.

Strictly from a hypertrophy standpoint, when you train 5-6 consecutive days a week, your body is in a constant state of recovery all the time. I'm not referring to localized muscle recovery, but your CNS and body's reserves for building muscle are constantly being taxed. You can get away with training that way when you're on the drugs.

Much more optimal for a natural trainee to build their foundation doing full body stuff every other day, 4-6 total sets per bodypart in the 8-10 rep range on the big hitter lifts. Then as your strength increases over time and it becomes too difficult to do all those lifts for the whole body in one session, split it up so you do half your body one day, take a day off, hit the other half of your body, take a day off, and keep repeating.

Read on how guys like Mike Mentzer and Dorian Yates, in his early days, used to train. It'll save you a lot of time from doing pointless exercises and volume and optimize your recovery and muscle building capabilities.
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