Your 21 the only way you can be overtraining is if your not eating enough.
Airtruth, how many hours a day do you lift then? If this was true, I would lift 5 hours a day, strait.
I reckon it’s true to a point. I guarantee you that, provided you’re not an extremely advanced lifter, if you trained 2-3 times a day and ate large amounts in between sessions, with a good nights sleep you’d make unreal gains. You’d need a back off week more often than on a regular routine.
My cousin went from being a average kid to someone with some decent size in under a year, and for at least half the time he would lift over 10 times a week. His recent pics are in my profile.
I train 4-6 times a week for 1-1? hours a session and with enough food I feel just fine. I make up for any lost sleep over the weekends, and I’m 22.
OP, if you feel fine, I say keep doing what you are doing.[/quote]
There is some truth to the statement, but it has a lot to do with training age/level as well.
Beginners like yourself and your brother can get away with training more frequently because the weights you’re lifting (your intensity level) is relatively low. Thus, your recovery systems are capable of recovering from your workouts fairly quickly (given enough fuel/calories).
However, as one gets more and more advanced and is lifting heavier and heavier weights (higher intensity levels) then it will most likely become imperative to decrease the frequency of training each body part.
It’s not necessarily that the muscles become unable to recover from the workouts as the skeletal muscular system is extremely good at adapting. It’s more so that the other systemic systems (nervous system, circulatory system, etc…) need more time to recover from more intense workouts.
That’s why most people feel the need to split their body parts into more workouts as they advance. 3 (or more) total body workouts are fine when you’re a beginner. Then as you progress a push/pull split works well for many people. Then maybe a biceps/back, legs. chest/shoulders/triceps. Then a 4 day split, then maybe a 5 day, etc…
One of the first training articles I ever read when beginning resistance training was by the Austrian Oak himself in which he addressed this phenomenon directly.
Hope this helped.