More Time Off = More Gains!
Many guys go the wrong way on this – they attempt to speed up their muscle growth and gains by training even more.
That’s a big mistake.
If you want to get HUGE, you need to allow for more time to grow, not less.
That translates into more time off.
The equation to build muscle consists of two primary elements – hard core training that tears the muscle down, and abundant recovery and repair that builds the muscle back up. That’s it.
That is what you need to build your muscles ever larger.
However, both sides of the equation must be addressed if you want to get it right.
Consider the outrage over the recent revelation that 13 Iowa University football players were hospitalized for rhabdomyolysis.
What’s that, you say?
Rhabdomyolysis is, according to wiki, “the rapid breakdown (lysis) of skeletal muscle (rhabdomyo) due to injury to muscle tissue. The muscle damage may be caused by physical (e.g., crush injury), chemical, or biological factors. The destruction of the muscle leads to the release of the breakdown products of damaged muscle cells into the bloodstream.”
In other words your muscles are being destroyed, not built up.
This is a drastic situation and may have involved more than just overtraining, but the bottom line is this – overtraining can be harmful.
It is critical to not take the intensity so high on a constant basis that you break down – literally.
You need to take your foot off the pedal on occasion. That mentality may be tough for most to grasp, especially newbies who get told to workout more than what is effective, and it is a major element to rapid growth.
So here is one simple, yet counter-intuitive, thing you can implement to get faster results:
- add one more day of rest between workout sessions.
The key to gains is allowing yourself more recovery time, NOT less.
Aim for at least 2 consecutive rest days per workout week.
More rest rather than less rest is one of the top and most effective keys to growth!