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how many days a week to lift weights?


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ive been lifting weights six days a week, a diff body group aday, i am changing to a new harder plan and was wonderg should i just do it 3 days or six to get the best results
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I do six days. 2 heavy days,2 medium and 2 light. But that's because I don't have enough time every morning to do longer sessions. It's supposed to be better to have more rest between sessions. 
Ideally you should have a day off between lifting. I alternate by doing arms one day, butt/thighs the next, 4-6 times a week. I think lifting weights 3 times a week is a good routine, with rest days inbetween.
i usually do mon: biceps and chest, tues: legs, Wed: shoulders and back, thurs: biceps and chest, fri: legs sat:shoulders and back, and do lighter weights with higher reps first 3days then heavy with lower reps the next few days, also i'm not having any luck with improving my abs, they were growing in a 6 pack but now have sort of stopped and i tried  different exercises, but i have been doing them 6 days a week as well, would that be the problem?
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You may be over doing it. Depending on what lifts you're doing the abs are already getting hit. Hitting them more just gives them less rest time to recover.

Plus muscles stand out from low fat levels.
i think as long as you alternate muscle groups each day via upper/lower split or push/pull split you are ok so that  each muscle group  has a day off. heres a fantastic site with tons of strength training/lifting info, templates for desinging your workout routine, a muscle directory, a accompanying lifting vid liibrary, and a great bodybuilding forum too. theres alot of info on this site thats non-bodybuiling specific, so you may need to dig a little...

www.exrx.net
      Personally I like doing a 3 day split with a full body workout each day. Since really muscle is built away from the gym, I see the largest growth when I have more rest days.  It really depends on how you lift though also.  I do compound lifts like squat/bench/dead/powerclean in reps with more sets.  Helps to build strength faster but this requires a 1-2min rest between sets and at least a day off per muscle worked to start to see results.

      As a general rule though never work the same muscle 2 days in a row, especially the small muscles such as bicept and tricept since they can be overtrained quite easily.  
my muscles have a fast restoring weight, for some reason my muscles will be dead for a few hours after the gym and then it'll go way and then i'll feel it sometimes for a few hrs when i wake up, so by the time i go to the gym im full of energy, on my new workout, there more intermediate/advance moves, and have changed to doing arms/ shoulders, which involves only free weights, legs, 3 kinds of squats, good moring squats, bulgaian split squat and normal, and single leg curls and calf raises, :for chest and back,
bench press, low to high cable fly, and others.
doing cardio to lose last bit of body fat, if i only did 3 days weights should i up my cardio, which is HIIT cardio for 40mins a day six days a week

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i lift weights only three days a week you shouldn't lift six days a week because it will tear you muscles up and it will be bad. i do high reps low rep with 50 pounds high reps and 10 pounds low reps

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i lift weights only three days a week you shouldn't lift six days a week because it will tear you muscles up and it will be bad. i do high reps low rep with 50 pounds high reps and 10 pounds low reps

I think 6 days is too much but it depends on your goals. You will get the most strength gains from a full body lifting program 3x a week. If you are doing Hiit correctly 2x a week will be sufficient therefore 2 rest days.

If you want to just be in the gym for sanity reasons or just because then 6 days is fine but you will burn out.

I hope you aren't going all this exercise on like 1200 calories or anything foolish like that.
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Original Post by lplionheart:

ive been lifting weights six days a week, a diff body group aday, i am changing to a new harder plan and was wonderg should i just do it 3 days or six to get the best results

Beginners should typically start with full body weight training routines that are done approximately 3 days a week.  if you have at some fitness experience, maybe split it upper vs. lower, and do 4 sessions a week.  But nothing more than that if you are new to weight training.  Especially at the beginning, you need time to recover.  And do not make the mistake of breaking it down by specific bodypart.  Thats for seasoned weight trainers, not beginners.  A beginner doesn't need to pound one area that much to see results.  

Original Post by dogzic:

 i do high reps low rep with 50 pounds high reps and 10 pounds low reps

Whaa?

Also, this topic is from 2006. The OP last logged in on October 18, 2006. Not sure he/she will take your advice at this point. ;)

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Original Post by bierorama:

Original Post by dogzic:

 i do high reps low rep with 50 pounds high reps and 10 pounds low reps

Whaa?

Also, this topic is from 2006. The OP last logged in on October 18, 2006. Not sure he/she will take your advice at this point. ;)

OP is probably ripped as hell at this point

Totally.

Also, I still have no idea what the hell "do high reps low reps" means.

10 lbs....for what?  Wrist curls, maybe?

I'm so confused.

Original Post by weirdfish:

Also, I still have no idea what the hell "do high reps low reps" means.

10 lbs....for what?  Wrist curls, maybe?

I'm so confused.

Maybe they are referring to a warm-up set?  I don't usually do a light weight warm-up set, but I know lots of people who do...  Although why you'd do higher reps of that I have no idea.

If you've never heard of the "Super-slow" method I highly recommend it. Devised by the guy who invented Gatorade back in the day in Gainsville, Fl. It emphasizes the bodys need for rest days to recover and rebuild.

I personally believe in a 2:1 day cycle. 2 exercise days and 1 total rest day then repeat. One exercise day is weightlifting "aerobically", basically circuit training to maintain a higher heart rate. The other exercise day is straight aerobics. This could be your walking, running, cycling or even a aerobics class, zumba, spinning etc.

The total rest day is just that, total minimal effort and relaxation. Its a great meditation day if you are into that sort of thing.

All you can do is give it a try and if it works for you great.

Caveats...eventually your body falls into a routine, you need to vary it to avoid this. this is called muscle confusion..

resting days will feel weird and wrong initially but over time your body will thank you for it.

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