View Full Version : Do you get enough Rest ?

09-21-2003, 09:02 AM
I just came across an article that I thought could interest you, as this aspect of BB is often neglected or forgotten. It said :

"Rest is probably the single most important aspect of growth in bodybuilders. Muscle repair is essential and the only way you get it is by sleeping and taking reasonable time off from the weights. If you skip this step, you'll not only set yourself back in term of progress, but you'll also be risking injury. When you're operating at a rest deficit, your ability to heal from injury will be just as poor as your ability to recuperate from your workouts"

Since I started working out again after the holidays, I have limited my visits to the gym to 3 a week and paid the utmost attention to get enough sleep. I now aim at a minimum of 7 hours of sleep. It's sometimes hard NOT to go to the gym or to force myself to hit the sack early, but I think it's wort it. Since I have started doing this (combined with a good diet) , my workouts are much better, the pump incredible and progress much faster.
So my message is : BB is not only training hard and dieting ! Don't forget to REST!

And what about you ? Do you get enough rest ? How many hours of sleep do you need ?

09-21-2003, 01:02 PM
i aim for 7-8 hours a night of snoozin'... i feel refreshed when i wake up and ready for my workouts... and not to mention my attitude is much better when i get the proper rest... so, it makes it an all-around good thing. :)
besides that.. your muscles need that sleep in order to recover from one workout to the next.

09-21-2003, 01:09 PM
Rest is important! I didn't start getting really big until adding in l-glutamine and one rest day for every 2 days of weight training.

7.5 hrs sleep on work nights and 12+ hrs sleep on the weekends.

09-21-2003, 01:29 PM
I get as much as i possibly can i just woke up from a nap here and i'll take them every chance i get plus at least 6-7 at night.

Theres a certain sleep or stage of sleep that is important to get i forget what its called but thats the one ya want, someone research it i'm going back to sleep :)

09-21-2003, 03:13 PM
I always try to get 7-8 hours.

09-21-2003, 03:27 PM
Is four weeks rest enough? LOL! I still feel like $#!+ too...

09-21-2003, 03:46 PM
Not all of our internal clocks allow for 7 to 8 hours sleep (mine for one, I'm a 5 to 6 hour person), however on the weekends, during my non-training days, I try to take a nap for 1 to 2 hours to help me re-charge.

09-21-2003, 04:14 PM
I likes me naps!! I get 6 to 7 each night. Makes little difference if it a weekend or not. I wake up, period. I am a early riser and do my workouts in the AM for that reason.
My big plus is getting in a half hour nap when ever possible. I can nod off and wake up in 20 to 30 min. feeling refreshed.

09-21-2003, 09:25 PM
Naps are REALLY helpful -IF you can take them.
I need 7-9 hours rest in a 24 hour period.
I find my best workouts are sually done with at least 3 days since the last one and up to 7. This doesn't include cardio since i had a great one today- last trained with weights Thurs, but ended up walking 4 miles Friday, and skipped rope for 15 mins yesterday- well over 20mins, but took 30-60 sec breaks.
Anyway, point is I do best on every 4-5 day workouts, plus cardio.