The 48-Hour Rule

If you’re currently lifting weights or doing any kind of resistance training of note, don’t forget: Any given muscle group (except calves and abdominals) will need at least 48 hours to recover between workouts. Many enthusiastic novices train the same body parts everyday, thinking that this will garner better results. Actually, the opposite is true, because they are not allowing the body ample time to fully rebuild the muscle fiber that was broken down during their last session. So, since you actually make your gains away from the gym, wait at least 48 hours before you hit that same muscle group again, and even longer if you’re really hittin’ it hard.

As mentioned, calves and abs are a different story because they’re comprised of a different type of fiber. Still, I like to have a day of rest between calf and ab work, as well, especially if they’re still sore from the day before.

Until next time…

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About Bobby Rock

Bobby Rock is a world renown drummer, the author of seven books, and a recognized health and fitness specialist with certifications in exercise, nutrition and meditation. He has recorded and toured with a variety of artists, released three CDs as a solo performer and is recognized as a top drumming educator. (He is currently touring with rock icon, Lita Ford.) Through speaking, writing and activism, Bobby remains committed to a number of animal and environmental causes. Bobby lives in Los Angeles.
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