Rest days?

Discussion in 'General Fitness' started by Steve, Aug 28, 2005.

  1. Steve

    Steve Guest

    Hi,

    I'm doing some really basic weights because I've read it helps with weight
    loss and also I don't mind the look of gaining a bit of muscle in the upper
    body and arms but don't really want to bulk up big time. I just do a few
    basic excercises, pushups, situps, bicep curls, pull ups, lifting above the
    head, back extensions and a few other excercises I can make up with a couple
    of dumbells.

    The reps range from 20 to 5 depending and I just kinda do it till I feel
    I've had enough. My question is, is it important to have rest days in
    between workouts? Sometimes I'm sore and take a rest day or two or skip the
    excercise if its still really hurting from the last time. But lately I've
    found I'm not really getting sore and could work out every day. Is this a
    bad thing? If I don't take a breaks am I limiting the effectiveness of my
    workouts even though I feel great?

    Also, I do a cardio workout most days, does this factor into it at all?

    Thanks in advance for any advice.
     
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  2. JamesG

    JamesG Guest

    Steve,
    I would also recommend that you also do dumbell rows since you are
    using dumbells. These are one of my favorite exercises. I would
    recommend that you get at least a day rest after you have worked a body
    part so that your muscles have time to heal and not get overtrained.
    Since your routine is a full body workout this would mean every other
    day. On the full body subject, where is your leg exercise? Lifting
    some weights with the legs utilizes your biggest muscle group and would
    be beneficial in your goals of trimming down (muscle weight may be
    added so weight loss is not always the most accurate determination of
    fitness when beginning weightlifting). Since it sounds like you are
    working out at home with dumbells you could do some squats while
    holding the dumbells and also do step-ups while holding the dumbells.
    If you are not tired the day after your workout I would suggest
    increasing the intensity. Don't worry about bulking up, if you are not
    conciously eating to do this and are actually looking to lose fat
    bulking too much won't be a problem. If you are eating a healthy diet
    with enough protein and not excess calories you should be happy with
    the results. Bulking requires excess calories.
    Keep track of the weight you lift and the reps and move them up
    accordingly as you go to keep yourself motivated and progressing.
    I hope this helps.
    James
     
  3. Good reply James,
    I am a relatively beginner too (1+ yrs). I have realized that though
    the body doesn't really seem sore it does need rest! As an example, I
    used to work out my legs twice a week (3 times upper body). But when I
    experimented with just once a week (I wanted to increase my upperbody
    to 4 times a week!), I realized that my legs could handle more weights
    more than what I thought they would (ex: increased 90lbs in leg press).

    So the bottom line, I would say is, give your body a little bit more
    rest than you FEEL. You will be surprised that you could signficantly
    use more weights with relatively more rest.

    Ravi
     
  4. Steve

    Steve Guest

    Thanks James. I don't work out the legs as they get a workout when I go
    bike riding or running and they're toned enough as it is. I'm still
    dropping fat at a regular rate which is my main goal. I just want to make
    sure I maintain or even build a little definition in the upper body.

    What is a dumbell row?


    "JamesG" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Steve,
    > I would also recommend that you also do dumbell rows since you are
    > using dumbells. These are one of my favorite exercises. I would
    > recommend that you get at least a day rest after you have worked a body
    > part so that your muscles have time to heal and not get overtrained.
    > Since your routine is a full body workout this would mean every other
    > day. On the full body subject, where is your leg exercise? Lifting
    > some weights with the legs utilizes your biggest muscle group and would
    > be beneficial in your goals of trimming down (muscle weight may be
    > added so weight loss is not always the most accurate determination of
    > fitness when beginning weightlifting). Since it sounds like you are
    > working out at home with dumbells you could do some squats while
    > holding the dumbells and also do step-ups while holding the dumbells.
    > If you are not tired the day after your workout I would suggest
    > increasing the intensity. Don't worry about bulking up, if you are not
    > conciously eating to do this and are actually looking to lose fat
    > bulking too much won't be a problem. If you are eating a healthy diet
    > with enough protein and not excess calories you should be happy with
    > the results. Bulking requires excess calories.
    > Keep track of the weight you lift and the reps and move them up
    > accordingly as you go to keep yourself motivated and progressing.
    > I hope this helps.
    > James
    >
     
  5. On Mon, 29 Aug 2005 17:18:55 GMT, "Steve" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >What is a dumbell row?


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