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    How often can you work a particular muscle group while on cycle

    Like the title says, how often can you work a particular muscle group while on cycle? I know I'll get responses like "you have to know or feel your own body." But has anyone read any statistics or studies that say that a muscle can repair itself after X number of hours/days and be ready to handle another workout?
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    Re: How often can you work a particular muscle group while on cycle

    Depends, usually twice a week for me.
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    Re: How often can you work a particular muscle group while on cycle

    I'm a novice but I've gotten decent results from once a week, trouble areas 2x. If you have the time I'm sure 2x is better for growth!
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    Re: How often can you work a particular muscle group while on cycle

    There are a lot variables that playing to answering this question. Unfortantly, its my opion that there is no cut and dry answer to this question....just my opinion.

    For me personally, I can hit the same muscle groups every day if I am doing compound moves, eating right and on cycle. If I am doing isolation moves and high reps to failure it usally take my body 2-3 days to recover.
    Bottom line it all comes down to learning your body. For me the goal is to go all the way to the edge of over training without crossing the line.

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    Re: How often can you work a particular muscle group while on cycle

    i am trt so no high doseing but i hit every thing once except abs eod calves and lower back twice a week

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    Re: How often can you work a particular muscle group while on cycle

    I would say the absolute minimum time you should rest between training the same muscle groups twice is 48 hours. There is disagreement on this topic, but I have seen studies that support this.

    However, if you're doing 20+ sets per muscle group, and torching yourself until you're painfully sore, you should probably take closer to a week off. But I've used full body 3 day a week programs that have you doing 5 sets of a squat/dead movement, 5 sets of a push movement, 5 sets of a pull movement, and a little assistance work, and you can get in and do that 3 days a week with 48 hours between workouts.

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    Re: How often can you work a particular muscle group while on cycle

    I will say I repeatedly work my right arm throughout day, even on off days.
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    Re: How often can you work a particular muscle group while on cycle

    Originally Posted by Christosterone View Post
    I will say I repeatedly work my right arm throughout day, even on off days.
    OMG Im glad I read the rest of this post. Twice a week per had me intrested. I was going to ask you to post your work our routine. Ha then I read this thanks Doc.

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    Re: How often can you work a particular muscle group while on cycle

    There's a lot of factors that can play into this. Nutrition, rest, type of training, how much gear you're on, which muscle group you're training. Like you said, you have to know your body. Larger muscle groups take more time to heal then smaller. PL's train the same body parts twice a week although the first day they train different then the last. One day is max effort, next is dynamic. When I'm on cycle and my schedule allows it, I'll do major muscle groups twice a week going heavy and low reps the first day, then the second going lighter and high reps. When I'm cruising or off cycle I usually just train once a week. It's really all knowing your body and finding out what works for you. Although I don't recommend training twice a week on any body part for extended lengths of time. Just like changing rep ranges and weight, switch it up. Not because your body adapts but doing twice a week for too long will send you into overtraining. Give yourself a break. Have a week or 2 to deload. It's not just your muscles that need rest it's your CNS also.


    I think I'm kind of all over the place in that paragraph but I'm hiding in a corner at work so I'm typing everything quickly but hopefully you get my point.

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    Re: How often can you work a particular muscle group while on cycle

    Originally Posted by BigGameHunter View Post
    OMG Im glad I read the rest of this post. Twice a week per had me intrested. I was going to ask you to post your work our routine. Ha then I read this thanks Doc.
    I do work out stuff twice a week usually, for most part, I'll post workout here soon.
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    Re: How often can you work a particular muscle group while on cycle

    You need to know your body but 2x a week is max IMO.
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    Re: How often can you work a particular muscle group while on cycle

    I do a lot of circuit training high intensity and do two exercises back to back as one set ex:bench, then run to do pull-ups then back to bench etc.

    Monday: chest, back, light arms, abs
    Tuesday :legs
    Wed: shoulders, arms
    Thursday: chest abs
    Friday: back, arms

    This is just general, I can usually recover after a couple days off of a body part
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    Re: How often can you work a particular muscle group while on cycle

    It is important to understand that training in the gym is catabolic, which means that it breaks down your body. Therefore, you do not grow in the gym. You grow during recovery, especially if you get proper rest and nutrition. That is anabolic.

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    Re: How often can you work a particular muscle group while on cycle

    I'm not on cycle but I couldn't imagine working out more than once a week off cycle. I stay in the gym for over an hour hitting whatever muscle group I'm hitting to exhaustion and I usually STAY DOM'd up for an entire week. I hit it once and let it recover. Strength and size are coming along nicely for me.

    But if I was on roids on the other hand....10 times a week would be what I would aim for. Twice a day, 5 times a week because I'm crazy.

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    Re: How often can you work a particular muscle group while on cycle

    There are so many variables but for me its as fallows
    Cardio 25-30 min on elliptical ed.
    Mon-chest, tri's, abs,
    Tues-back, bi's
    Wed-shoulders, legs, abs
    Thurs-chest, tri's
    fri-back, bi's, abs
    Wish I could say every week this schedule is completed flawlessly but most weeks I accomplish this.

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    Re: How often can you work a particular muscle group while on cycle

    I work then around twice a week. Once a week is sufficient to a novice, but after you've trained a while and add gear in the equation and tons of food, once won't be nearly enough.
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    Re: How often can you work a particular muscle group while on cycle

    i would say once a week is enough, twice for problem areas.

    I squat/bench/deadlift once a week only, but i go heavy. Anymore and my body would fall apart. I always warm up with 10mins of cardio on the eleptical and cool down with 10 mins on the bike.

    mon- deadlifts, shrugs

    tues- bench press, triceps

    wed- off

    thurs- squats, legs

    fri- shoulders, biceps

    sat-off

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    Re: How often can you work a particular muscle group while on cycle

    Rest/recovery is what works for me to grow. In the summer/cut months when in a beater most of the time I'll pump (not really train) weak points 2-3 time a week for a fuller more balanced look all the time. Otherwise it's E7D.

    5-7 days has always been it for me (gear or no gear).
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    Re: How often can you work a particular muscle group while on cycle

    2 times a week is fine. If your eating and on anabolics you should have no problem.

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    Re: How often can you work a particular muscle group while on cycle

    Originally Posted by Tilltheend View Post
    2 times a week is fine. If your eating and on anabolics you should have no problem.
    Age, goals and energy expenditure (work) are all factors that affect recovery/gains.
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