Should I exercise muscle groups that are still sore from last workout?

  • glad2be07

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    Sep 29, 2012 1:34 PM GMT
    I leave a day between workouts to give my muscles a day to recover. If some muscles are still sore the second day, is it better not to exercise that muscle group until the soreness is gone? Will I slow down muscle growth if I exercise muscles that are still sore?
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    Sep 29, 2012 2:16 PM GMT
    I'm careful to workout each muscle group only twice a week. I think more than that maybe a bit too much. (The only exception is that once a week I'll workout chest & back and then the next day I'll work on arms & shoulders.) This way, my muscles aren't sore when I workout (because I'm resting them 3 to 4 days in between).
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    Sep 29, 2012 4:10 PM GMT
    glad2be07 saidI leave a day between workouts to give my muscles a day to recover. If some muscles are still sore the second day, is it better not to exercise that muscle group until the soreness is gone? Will I slow down muscle growth if I exercise muscles that are still sore?
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    Sep 29, 2012 4:15 PM GMT
    Short answer: No.

    Long answer: Nooooooooooooooooooooo.
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    Sep 29, 2012 4:22 PM GMT
    Are you doing full-body workouts each time you hit the gym? If you do a split routine, you shouldn't have to worry about doing two bodyparts directly in a row, even with a day in-between.
  • glad2be07

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    Sep 29, 2012 4:49 PM GMT
    This is really helpful information -- thanks!
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    Sep 29, 2012 4:58 PM GMT
    U wanna be able to give ur muscles a full 72 hrs to recuperate. Even if the soreness is gone before that... When you work out next time you wanna able to tare the muscle that has been repaired so it can get stronger, you dont wanna damage muscle that is already damaged... Wat good is that gonna do you???
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    Sep 29, 2012 5:29 PM GMT
    Now in my 50s, I only work each group thoroughly once per week. Its been decades since I could do every other day without injury.
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    Sep 29, 2012 7:07 PM GMT
    What exactly is your goal? If the muscle is still beat up from the last workout, don't work it intensely (and you won't be able to work it intensely). Intensity is key for results even if volume and frequency are lowered. You HAVE to lower the volume and frequency if you want intensity or you WILL overtrain, including injury, not getting much of an exercise high (more of an exercise low after), and just delaying recovery.

    Personally I don't know how some people can go to the gym 6 days a week and lift weights everyday. I'd shoot myself. That's monotonous and ineffective. Just lift intense one day, and then do something that's fun and cardio-like the rest of the days, assuming you're not overtraining particular muscles due to the cardio the other days. It is important to be physically active everyday, but just lifting weights is overemphasizing the resistance training component of the physical activity guidelines. You only need a little resistance training and a lot more time on just activity and metabolic fitness.

    If you're going for just a puffed toned look, then don't lift intensely (ie stop lifting heavy), workout more frequently with more sets and reps. This maximizes the amount of time you'll look puffy per week. The above intense workouts are more performance and strength oriented, but you'll lose strength if you're just lifting light weight all the time.

    Personally, I don't have time to go to the gym everyday (but physiologically speaking, I don't see the point of hypertrophy workouts other than aesthetics unless you're training for a particular aspect of fitness). Somedays, I'd rather do body weight stuff and run around my block, the local track, the parking garage, the lake, etc
  • mindblank

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    Sep 29, 2012 8:42 PM GMT
    The00realmain saidU wanna be able to give ur muscles a full 72 hrs to recuperate. Even if the soreness is gone before that... When you work out next time you wanna able to tare the muscle that has been repaired so it can get stronger, you dont wanna damage muscle that is already damaged... Wat good is that gonna do you???


    This sounds sensible.
  • BlackBeltGuy

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    Sep 30, 2012 3:57 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidShort answer: No.

    Long answer: Nooooooooooooooooooooo.


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