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Should I Really Rest Between Workouts?

By on September 29, 2008

Question: In a download I received from your website, askrocco.com, you wrote:

“To avoid this, allow 48 hours rest in between weight-training sessions. This is the approximate time that protein synthesis takes—the mechanism by which your muscles are repaired.”

I work out 5 days a week. I do: Stretching, Push ups, Heavy lifting (well for me anyway), A 30 minute elliptical workout.

I am at the point where I am slightly over my BMI “average” weight (by 5 pounds). I am 6″ 4′ and weigh 205 lbs. I am 43. I never touched a weight prior to three years ago. I was at 268 at that point. I went from a 42 waste to currently a 36 waste. I am now starting to work on “bulking” up my mass.

So I should only work out three times a week? I’m confused. Could you elaborate?

Sorry to ramble but I wanted you to have my main information so you can answer the question as well as possible.

Thank you, Brian

Answer: Your ramble still didn’t give me all the information that I needed but I’ll take it from here. The reason for your confusion is valid; so many fitness professionals throw so much shit at you it’s hard to comprehend. If you are working out 5 days a week performing all the activities you have stated then you are definitely doing something wrong. If you are truly doing some heavy lifting then you need to rest in between workouts…no matter what the bodybuilding magazines say! If you feel that stretching is beneficial to your workout keep doing it, but do it after your workout. I, for one don’t believe in stretching if you are working your muscles throughout their full range of motion. As for your 30 minutes on the elliptical, do it after your weight workout and cut it down to 20 minutes but do “hills” for 2 minutes then go as fast as you can for 2 minutes…and so on. If you want something to do on the in between days, go take a Yoga or Pilates class.



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