Are rests needed?

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    Are rests needed?

    When do i need to rest and recover? Lets say today i did chest and the next day it wasnt sore at all, does that mean i can work it again without loosing any muscle gain ?

    #2
    It either means you recovered and can handle more or you didn't really push hard enough to cause significant disruption. Either is really fine especially if you were doing more bodyweight/compound movements. If you feel you can properly execute the exercises the next day then go for it.

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      #3
      Rest is absolutely needed. Even if you aren't sore it's still very possible you fatigued your muscles.

      The rule of thumb for strength training is to take two break days for the muscle group. If you only fatigued them partially then of course you can shorten that period. Many physical therapy exercises are designed to be done every day.

      With cardio you're supposed to leave one day of rest.

      In my personal experience, if you're still sore on the third day after the workout you probably overworked yourself and it wasn't good for you.

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        #4
        I'd also say rest is needed at least one day per muscle group after training them. But you can still benefit from resting actively with abs or a light jog I guess...
        HOWEVER: I was browsing programs and came across Military Fit, and the first five days include push ups, so what is you guy's opinions on that kind of training?

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          #5
          Great advice here. For muscle growth and repair, rest is absolutely needed; otherwise we'd all be training like Saitama. I also find it of great value to morale to take 1-2 days off a week from exercise (ie lifting weights).

          In regards to time between bodyparts, that's the subject of debate. It's possible to train the same muscle groups two or more days in a row; once I did a bench press workout that had me training chest 5 times a week. I would recommend at least a day for each body part.

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            #6
            It comes down to what you're doing, Prisoners, manual labourers, gymnasts and many more never take rest days but they're not over taxing their bodies with heavy deadlifts and squats regularly. It's safe to say if you're a normal person with a regular life you should probably rest because what's the point of putting yourself more at risk.

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              #7
              Hmm I'm not sure but I think too many tears in the muscle might disrupt the muscle growth and prevent proper healing of the muscles, I'd wait at least a day unless you're doing a short-term routine (eg a daily challenge for 30 days)
              I think it's better to rotate daily which muscle group you work anyway, it helps to keep yourself more balanced without needing to think too hard about things like 'if I worked legs 4 times last week then I can do it once this week and work on chest this week 3 times and do abs once' or whatever.
              But darebee's programs seem to me to be rather balanced in how they rotate focus, even when there's overlap of muscle groups, it's usually separate main focus day-to-day

              If you're not sore because of having something like creatine then you should probably still rest, if you aren't sore without something like that then I think it might be a light enough workout for you to continue working the area.

              It's down to personal preference I think, Some will rest every 2 days, some will do daily workouts for an area
              Tis article might be a good read for you mate (x)

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