One of the most unexpected trends to emerge from the world of muscle building has been the concept of training harder, but resting longer between workouts. Bodybuilding legend Mike Mentzer was a huge proponent of this, and many other top competitors have followed this philosophy, as well. Not that we all aspire to look like pro bodybuilders, but if you’re really hitting it hard, you will want to take three, four or even five days off before training a particular body part again.
This might seem like a painfully long time to wait between sessions, but your body will really make use of the extra time to rebuild. After all, it’s away from the gym that your muscles actually grow. In fact, I’ve made my most dramatic gains on a regimen that involved working each muscle group every fifth or sixth day. (Again, this is with super-intense training on a Building cycle where you’re sore for several days afterward.)
Do you need to take an extra day or two off here or there to get better results?