One thing that is certain though, is that as a beginner you can do the exercises a lot more often as your actual muscle capacity isn’t so much being taxed as your CNS is. Once you’ve got the CNS control to really blast your muscles, you’ll find out how much recovery time is right for you, I’d guess.
I am quite certain that you have this backwards.
You think? My experience as a relative beginner is that I was really sore in the beginning few weeks of training – and I will get really sore if I don’t train for a few weeks, and start again. However once I’m into my routine I’m not getting as sore as before, and not needing as much time to recover. I wrote this off to me mostly working on my CNS these days.
Some friends of mine who have been lifting longer say that after a year or so of consistent lifting their pattern changed, so they can blast a muscle group well once per week and make progress, whereas before they had to do it twice per week.
In either case, I am as I said a beginner myself, so my knowledge is far from comprehensive, but I figured for the first year or so it would be mostly CNS improvements, and after that, better muscle fiber recruitment, and you’d really find what kind of pattern works for you – different bodytypes etc. I’ve heard people say for example that ectomorphs need more time for their muscles to grow, than mesomorphs for example, but in the first year I’d suspect anyone can hit most bodyparts twice per week because of the CNS being the limiting factor more often than not?
Anyone care to set me straight?