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    72 hours enough for a muscle to be fully rested?

    For example if I do my chest on mondays and than again of thursdays, will that be enough for my muscles to rest.
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    Probably

    But you can workout again before the muscle is fully recovered. Look up dual factor training theory
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    Everybodys a little different. Alot of things ive read say 48 hours is sufficient, all depends on how well your body recovers and how hard your working the muscle groups.
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    Originally Posted by armin20 View Post
    For example if I do my chest on mondays and than again of thursdays, will that be enough for my muscles to rest.
    Apparently they (researchers) were able to measure that super-compensation (hypertrophy) takes between 48 to 72 hrs, but no longer.

    But you can imagine if you completely trash a bodypart with an insane amount of workload it may take longer for it to be fully recovered.

    The way I interpret this is yes, it may take longer for it to be fully recovered, but you probably wont benefit any extra from it. Kinda like there is a limited window of opportunity to progress, any extra tearing down will simply hold you back.

    So the take home message is its probably better to spread the workload over 2 sessions a week rather than completely annihilate it once a week. Maybe even 3 times a week may be better - the full body routines 3 times a week have been proven to be VERY successful. So its not just a labcoat theory, - but its been proven in the field.




    Originally Posted by SuffolkPunch View Post
    Probably

    But you can workout again before the muscle is fully recovered. Look up dual factor training theory
    Yes this is a more advanced method that takes into account longer periods than just workout-to-workout tearing down - compensation cycles..
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