Can I train everyday?

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2011/02/02 01:16:56 (permalink)

Can I train everyday?

I usually do 20 mins cardio, 40 mins weights.  I get a good 8-10 hours sleep every night and have a good diet.  I feel lazy if I miss a day at the gym but understand my muscles need time to rest/grow.  Can this not just happen during the night???
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    OldDirtyNeck
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    Re:Can I train everyday? 2011/02/02 09:26:53 (permalink)
    I used to train everyday for a couple of months at a time when I was fighting, totally different with lifting and I wouldn't suggest it. I don't think anyone would suggest it.

    I had no gains in appearance, I actually looked bad because my body streamlined to cope with the stress it was under. I was in pretty awesome shape for a week of two and then I'd have to rest a lot.

    Really bad in the long run.
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    Re:Can I train everyday? 2011/02/02 09:57:02 (permalink)
    Jack Hughman

    Anybody feel free to chime in if I'm wrong but you should take rest days and not exercise the same group of muscles on consecutive days. Muscles develop on the days you rest, if you are constantly exercising the same muscle then you'll not get the results you expect from the effort you've put in.
    Someone wrote in a post on this forum that if you don’t ache for days after then you haven’t exercised the muscle enough!

    Food for thought.



    First part is true, but your muscles dont need to ache for days to prove theyve been worked well enough.


    Anyway as mentioned would give yourself at least 1 rest, day, preferably 2, just to help the body recover or youre likely to tire yourself out very quickly, and not get such good results



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    Re:Can I train everyday? 2011/02/02 10:02:39 (permalink)
    Can you train everyday? Simple anwser is yes.

    Just looking at many proffesional athletes whom do such for year on end.

    It all boils down to appropriate loading, volume, periodisation and recovery. Get this right and frequency of training will not be a problem.

    Most people won't know who to do the above.

    If your holding down a tough 50 hr job and a family yeah every day training may not fly. Have an easy out of gym life and everyday training can be easily doable.

    Its also worth noting that the more appropriate training you do the better, but increases in goals will not follow in a linear fashion. So if we carefully work up to doubling are weekly training volume we won't double the rate of gain.

    2 other points. You body/muscles do not need to be fully recovered to improve performance/gains, and there is plenty of time outside of the gym time to provide rest for gains.

    Again I am not suggesting we should all train every day. It is probably not appropriate in most situations. However there is no physiologcal reason why we cannot.
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    Re:Can I train everyday? 2011/02/02 11:51:15 (permalink)
    Jack Hughman

    I was under the impression that muscle growth (hypertrophy) takes place during rest, not during a workout.
     
    It dose. If you train 1hr in the day that'll leave your 23 for growth
     
    As this is a muscle talk forum I thought that's what the question was about. When your muscles repair themselves after training they are slightly stronger than before, which can lead to further growth if training is continued after sufficient rest. 

    It is important to note if you train before the muscle is fully recovered, you can retard growth,
    It may or may not. The muscle/body dose not have to be fully recvoverd to grow.

    So yes you can train but as I mentioned, you won't benefit from the effort if you want to develop muscle. What may work for someone else, may likely not work for you. 
     
    So it may work for some then? If thats the case then som may benefit

    My comment regards training the same muscle on consecutive days, unless this isn't true?
    I see no problem with training the same musculairty on consecutive days if done correctly.

     
    Again it may not be ideal for many, but that dosn't mean it cannot be done.

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    Re:Can I train everyday? 2011/02/02 12:18:54 (permalink)
    Hi Jack, it's not that it's not true, it's that it's not black and white. As a generalsation, you can say that maximum rest is needed  between workouts of the same muscle group (the aching for days thing is utter rubbish though). This does not mean that you cannot train every day, and in  fact the body will soon adjust to be able to cope with this and still prosper in growth and strength. As with all things though, everyone's success and failure with this will be different - yet again, horses for courses.

    Ian's right in that pro sportspeople train everyday, often several times a day, and far far harder than most of us ever manage in a gym! Persoonally, I train 6 days a week, I lift fo 3-4 days, play football and cycle on one of the days and climb 1-2 days. Having played sport to a decent level, I'm adjusted and this is fine for me, and I do manage the bodyparts so that activities don't hit same bodyparts on consecutive days - this is common sense. I meet my aims ok, I go for good functional strength allied to fitness, size is secondary but because I've trained a lot and for a long time I am still bigger and stronger than the average bear.

    Strict bodybuilding is a different animal though. Many BBers do all they can to completely optimise growth and this can include resting and diet control  to anal proportions, whilst they are right in essence, the potential tiny differences this can make are probably not noticeable in all but the top pro performers.

    Finally, most growth hormone is released in the latter stages of sleep, making good sleep rest the most important factor in your resting status, so if you get this right first, the rest of the rest will fall into place.
    post edited by Bollard - 2011/02/02 12:21:05
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    Re:Can I train everyday? 2011/02/15 17:06:36 (permalink)
    I don't grow unless I hit body parts twice a week, and as mentioned above I will sometimes do sessions on consecutive days on the same muscle groups (albeit using different exercises). As has been said, everyone is different, but for me I'm not making progress unless I'm doing what most people would call overtraining.

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    Re:Can I train everyday? 2011/02/17 22:24:25 (permalink)
    iaink

    Can you train everyday? Simple anwser is yes.

    Just looking at many proffesional athletes whom do such for year on end.

    It all boils down to appropriate loading, volume, periodisation and recovery. Get this right and frequency of training will not be a problem.

    Most people won't know who to do the above.

    If your holding down a tough 50 hr job and a family yeah every day training may not fly. Have an easy out of gym life and everyday training can be easily doable.

    Its also worth noting that the more appropriate training you do the better, but increases in goals will not follow in a linear fashion. So if we carefully work up to doubling are weekly training volume we won't double the rate of gain.

    2 other points. You body/muscles do not need to be fully recovered to improve performance/gains, and there is plenty of time outside of the gym time to provide rest for gains.

    Again I am not suggesting we should all train every day. It is probably not appropriate in most situations. However there is no physiologcal reason why we cannot.


    Exactly as above, In theory yes you can.
     
    'It all boils down to appropriate loading, volume, periodisation and recovery. Get this right and frequency of training will not be a problem.' - one thing id add to that is DIET. Correct diet is vital.

    Eat big - Lift big - Grow
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    Re:Can I train everyday? 2011/02/18 12:07:33 (permalink)
    Tbhdiet depends on your goals. Muscle mass or BF then yep diet is going to be key too. Just looking at strength gains then diet dosn't have to be particulary dialed in if your happy to keep the same wieght and body comp.

    However having a robust and 'good' diet (full or quality fruit, veg and proteins) is only ever a good thing.

    So I do agree with the diet thing, but feel in general its not too hard to get right.

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    Re:Can I train everyday? 2011/03/01 22:52:49 (permalink)
    Monitor your progress, set your routine up so that you get the right breaks in between and you can go places. The feeling lazy bit you mention i understand, but please don't let that be the reason you do it, let progress be your only reason.
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    Re:Can I train everyday? 2011/03/02 15:32:28 (permalink)
    Along the lines of what Iain says, this will always come down to your goals.

    If you are not intentionally breaking any tissue down you can absolutely train every day and most of your fatigue will be central/neural/mental.

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