How many times a week should you lift each body part? I know many people that lift each body part once a week and many that lift each part twice.....both types are toned and have decent size? Whats the best for staying lean and tone?
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Depends on the person and you're probably going to get different answers. I like once a week per bodypart. If you push yourself hard enough, that's all you need IMO, plus you need the recovery time if you do go all out."Franco is pretty smart, but Franco's a child, and when it comes to the day of the contest, I am his father. He comes to me for advices. So it's not that hard for me to give him the wrong advices." - Arnold Schwarzenegger - Pumping Iron
10-15-2004, 07:44 AM #3
Originally Posted by baseballstud22
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Its different with everyone. Personally, what works BEST for me, is doing chest, back, legs all once a week each. Theyre all large groups and need more time to recover. My bis, tris, delts, forearms are all smaller groups and I hit those twice a week. They dont need as much time to recover.Just Du It: Experimentation In Adaptation
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10-15-2004, 09:05 AM #8Originally Posted by fuzzwazser
I think people need to experiment more and look at the results. It is for the same reason that some people eat 2k cal a day to maintain, others need 5k+ to maintain; the same reason some people need cardio 5x a week to get cut and others can do it with little to no cardio. Everyone is different and I think you have a very ignorant viewpoint saying they do not know how to train. I aint looking to pick a fight here but there is no need to criticise in such a general fashion as you have.
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10-15-2004, 09:14 AM #11Originally Posted by xenithon
Also my comment was people who say training 2x a week didnt work for them don't know how to train. They most likely didnt manage their total volume correctly still trained to failure and "gave it their all".
I'm not trying to start a fight these are my opinons. Sorry if my first post seemed inflamatory.
10-15-2004, 09:24 AM #12
I for one train each bodypart twice per week, except legs and lower back which I train once a week. Sometime I do alternate and do those twice a week but I cut back on the intensity. I will not say that once a week doesn’t work, it just doesn’t work for me. I say try it and if you are making progress stay with it if not try something else. Keep in mind if you do try the two day a week thing try it this way. On your first day try a rep range like 3x8 and then the second day for the same exercises switch it up and do 8x3. Yeah, that’s right. Why? Well, it keeps the you from getting burned out too fast. Notice I said try it...because what works for me may not work for you!Vae Victus
10-15-2004, 09:35 AM #13
fuzzwazser - I do not mean going to failure all the time, I know how that can kill the CNS. I just mean going as hard as possible just before failure. I refer mainly to intensity. You know when you walk out (or crawl out ) of the gym and know you worked bloody well without overextending yourself.
I myself actually rotate - a few months once a week, a few months twice a week. Keeps the body guessing, keeps things dynamic, and keeps results coming.
I know some people who even follow training routines based on 8 or 9 days, training a muscle once every 9 days etc. and they have fantastic results. It is simply how their body responds. As brokenchair said, things are rarely so simple.
10-15-2004, 09:46 AM #14