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Resting and Recovering

Hello all,

I have a question regarding taking days to rest in between workouts.

The only exercise that I do every day is 20 pushups and 20 sit ups at the same time every day.

I have noticed large improvments in my health and strength and stamina just from this very brief daily routine.

I have not missed one day for 2 months, untill yesterday, and all of the sudden. My chest, shoulders, and arms grew in size and their solidity (or firmness) inscreased even more so then if I had just kept up the routine with out a break.

So my question is does taking a day off from working out, even if the workout doesn’t fatige my muscles or even make me sweat make that big of a difference in the results I will see?

[quote]atrumblood wrote:
I have noticed large improvments in my health and strength and stamina just from this very brief daily routine.[/quote]
Odds are you’d feel equally perked up from 40 quick reps of any calisthenics.

Chad Waterbury is a big advocate of high frequency training, and even he recommends at least one day of complete rest each week.
http://www.T-Nation.com/article/bodybuilding/essential_waterbury_program_design&cr=

Plus, if the workout “doesn’t fatigue your muscles” or “even make you sweat”, there’s not much benefit other than some NEPA. And even in that case, it’d be better for you all-around to have some variety in the exercises, not sticking to the same exercises 60 days in a row.

Bottom line, if you really want to do something every single day of the week, mix it up. Something like: Push-ups and crunches Monday and Wednesday, lunges and some kind of row (light dumbbell, backpack, etc) Tuesday/Thursday, twisting crunches and pull-ups Friday/Sunday, dive-bomber push-ups and squat thrusts Saturday.

Its pretty common knowlege that you should be resting more that you train! Your muscles dont grow while you train, they grow while you rest! Rest is of utmost importance!!!

Its usually hard for beginners to subscribe to this notion because they think they will loose something by not working out everyday!

Your muscle grows from increases in the stress that you put on them! This means that your training should be HEAVY, not merely FREQUENT!

Stick to compound movements ie Squats, Deadlifts, Presses, Rows, Chin Ups, Dips, etc about 2-3 days a week! Take all your sets to failure. Rest on other days so that you will be able to train hard evertime you workout!!

Center your diet around your particular goals. It’s simple, If you want to gain more, eat more. If you want to loose more, eat less.

Jazz

[quote]Jazz_Man1898 wrote:
Its pretty common knowlege that you should be resting more that you train! Your muscles dont grow while you train, they grow while you rest! Rest is of utmost importance!!!

Its usually hard for beginners to subscribe to this notion because they think they will loose something by not working out everyday!

Your muscle grows from increases in the stress that you put on them! This means that your training should be HEAVY, not merely FREQUENT!

Stick to compound movements ie Squats, Deadlifts, Presses, Rows, Chin Ups, Dips, etc about 2-3 days a week! Take all your sets to failure. Rest on other days so that you will be able to train hard evertime you workout!!

Center your diet around your particular goals. It’s simple, If you want to gain more, eat more. If you want to loose more, eat less.

Jazz[/quote]

He only does 20 pushups and 20 situps and he’s done it for 2 months straight. I believe this is intentional. Tho I commend you on your workout advice!

Yes I understand he is only doing 20 of each, but what is this accomplishing besides maybe a good rush from increased blood flow? now if thats what he’s aiming for, then have at it bud!!!

Secondly, push ups fall into the compound movement rationalle because they work the chest, upper back, shoulders, triceps, and abs all at some degree.

Doing this the same way everyday only takes away from the strength he could be using in his regular training routine! However, push ups are a great exercise that if used properly ie. increased reps and/or increased weight, can have great results!

His question was about taking off and resting so my opinion is YES!! Absolutely!!! Use push ups and sit ups just like you would do any other compound movement! For a rush, try doing some cardio like walking or running!

Jazz