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I get asked all the time, “Mark, what should I do on rest days?”
This question tells me 1 thing – you don’t know what a rest day is. I’ve said the following a million times, so at the risk of repeating myself…
YOU DO NOT BUILD MUSCLE IN THE GYM. YOU JUST STIMULATE THE MUSCLE GROWTH PROCESS TO BEGIN.
If your training is intense enough, you will ignite a process of repair and growth in the muscle tissue. But the process has only begun. The growth occurs and finishes while you rest in between workouts.
So let’s get something straight…
A TRAINING DAY IS A STIMULATION DAY
A REST DAY IS A GROWTH DAY!
Stop thinking you need to be “doing something” on rest days. Funny how every sport in the world understands this principle (or their athletes will not be ‘match fit’). And they aren’t tearing up muscle fibers like we are. But somehow many bodybuilders don’t think this applies to us *shakes head*. If anything, it applies more! If you don’t rest enough, you don’t grow enough.
Who succeeds in this game? It’s the guys and girls doing a split workout (leaving enough time between body parts) or those doing full-body training about 3 days per week.
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I’ve done both 3-day and 5-day training in the past. But a couple of years ago I made a permanent switch to 3-day full body training. I benefit more by hitting each muscle directly 3 times per week (total time in the gym over a week is pretty much the same). And I’ve had the best gains of my life.
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So I personally do ZERO TRAINING on 4 days of the week. Why?
BECAUSE I PUNISH MY MUSCLES IN THE GYM AND I KNOW I’M REPAIRING AND GROWING WHEN I’M RESTING.
By the way, that pic above – I was performing my Arms Blast Workout on that day (up to an inch in arm gains in 7-10 with advanced techniques). It’s BRUTAL! You’ve been warned. I try to fit in one of my Blast workouts during week 1, 5 and 10 of my My Targeted Hypertrophy Training (THT) cycles.
Anyone who thinks you can hit the same muscle on consecutive days, or get gains with no rest days, has absolutely no clue as to the science/biology of this game. It’s a 50/50 game of training and rest.
You don’t need to train more. But you need to train intensely (punish it!). And you need to rest. That’s training smart! And you will grow.
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