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JAJUMOMMY2000 SparkPoints: (3,899)
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12/12/12 7:59 P

Thanks that helps quite a bit. No idea why I have never rested the core. Never have...Now I will.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,459
12/12/12 7:54 P

But if you don't train to failure (well, fatigue anyway), the benefits of strength training are significantly reduced.

Bottom line: lift heavy, and rest sufficiently between ST session. This is the clear advice of most experts in the field.


MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (79,230)
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12/12/12 3:44 P

The recovery time depends on if you are training to failure and your age. The older you are the more time you need. People in their 20's can get away with 48h, but I need 72h, older people may need even more. If you don't train to failure, then your recovery time will be shorter than when you do.

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12/12/12 1:44 P

You'll want to take a rest day. Like others have said, your core shouldn't be any different from your upper or lower body.

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
12/12/12 1:08 P

Muscle tissue is muscle tissue, why would it matter where in the body it's located? If you are taking a day off for your arms and legs, give the same courtesy to your core.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,459
12/12/12 9:46 A

Strength training works by creating microscopic tears in the muscle fibers. which then grow back stronger. But it takes time for this to happen, which is why most experts recommend resting 48 hours between strength training sessions.

The core muscles are no different from any other muscles - you need to rest them between strength training sessions. And doing a different exercise does NOT constitute rest.

Seriously, there is little benefit to strength training every day - your muscles never get the opportunity to rest and recover.


DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
12/12/12 9:03 A

I HIIT train daily and it has been recommended that I do not work out the same body parts with the same moves with the next workout.
Day 1 will be upper
day 2 will be lower
day 3 will be core
day 4 will be a full body surge
day 5 will be upper again

However if i need to repeat core workouts in a row, I make sure the exercises are different.

JAJUMOMMY2000 SparkPoints: (3,899)
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12/12/12 8:56 A

I do core training everyday. I know for arms and legs you need to take a break every other day in order to let the muscles heal. Is it the same for your core? I just want to get the most out of my workout so if i need to take breaks everyother day I will.

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