Not trying to troll in HVT group. Rather I’m coming off a biceps tendon tear that has my ortho-surgeon telling me not lift upper body for weeks and not to train it hard for months. What a perfect time to try 6x a week squatting. Except the A&P I took first as an emt then as a nurse always left me with the impression that (sarcoplasmic pump aside) damage to the myofibrils was, effectively self-imposed injuries or wounds and while diet and sleep can aid recovery you don’t bounce back from a gunshot wound to the pec by…shooting it again. This passage has always been my general impression: [quote]
Muscles need time between weight-training workouts to recuperate strength and restore damaged tissue. If muscles donÃ¢??t have time to rebuild between sessions, all their resources will be funneled into repairing new tissue damage rather than building extra muscle mass. Without enough time to recover, muscles become weaker with each session rather than stronger. Listen to your body to know when youÃ¢??re ready to train again.
A weightlifting workout causes tiny tears in the muscle fibers, depletes a muscleÃ¢??s carbohydrate stores and interferes with the calcium balance within the cells, causing muscle soreness and weakness. After a workout, immune cells rush in to repair the damage and the muscle begins to swell. Even when the swelling goes down, carbohydrate stocks are replenished and the cellular chemical balance is restored, it takes four to seven days for muscles to fully recover their strength after an intense workout. It takes another two to three days for muscles to reach maximum strength gains beyond their original level.[/quote]
That’s about a 6-10 day between training sessions suggestion. Obviously HVT systems scoff at that. 6-7xweek squatting would really pick my mood up as training is a passion. However I’ve never been able to find any medical article suggesting our body’s ability to heal can be improved (different than increasing stamina or endurance).
Where am I going wrong and has anyone (as suggested in the quote by the doctor) trained doing a whole body workout only 3-4x per month.
Again, I’d love to squat everyday after reading some of the anecdotal testimonials on T-Nation–but there’s a disconnect I seem to be missing despite reading Christian’s articles.