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Am I Training Enough?

Ok, so if I sound like an idiot please have patience. I did a lot of research but I still can’t find any real answers to my questions.

So the deal with me is that I decided about a month ago that since I was never very sore from working out that my workout was too easy or that I was stuck in a rut and needed to change it. I changed it up, doing different exercises that target muscles in different ways or increase isolation. Now I get very sore (but in the good way) and it lasts a whole week so instead of doing upper body twice a week and lower body twice a week I can only hit upper and lower once a week each.

My question is: if it takes me a whole week to recover from my upper body workout (for example), will I lose mass? Is this too long or is a week about right to wait for a muscle to recover from a really intense workout? I eat like a horse, get over a gram of protein per pound of bodyweight and I sleep 8 hours a night. I don’t know if I’m doing this right anymore because I’m not really seeing any results from my workout change. Just when I thought I had it down, I’m all confused again. Thanks for any help you guys.

Mike

Testosterone-Nation rule #436 - Thy shall not judge thy progress by pain

If you don’t train your muslces often, eg once a week, then they will never recover much quicker, because there is no reason too. Work the pain, train twice a week, and youll recover in half a week. Sounds irrational, appears to work.

Begginner needs constant muscle hammering. Forget the pain, and aim for 2x a week or so for each muscle group, and you’ll likely find yourself in less pain overall, and with better progress. You are not likely to lose muscle needing a week to recover, unless you are going endurance style and stop eating over maintenance, but you won’t grow at your peak.

Don’t forget muscle growth slows the more you have.

post your routine both past and present.
Once per week will work, but is it optimal? That is a pissing match in about 200 threads

No. You should be so tired after training that you don’t have the urge to masturbate. You’ll know you’ve had an intense training session when this happens.