This is a very important topic when it comes to seeing results. To give a simple answer, workout at least twice a week if you are performing a total body routine. You can certainly do more and it comes highly recommended you do, but you don’t want to overdo it either. You should give each muscle at least 48 hours rest after exercise. This gives the muscles time to recover from the stress and trauma of exercise.
48 hours isn’t just a random number. The University of Texas Medical Branch has shown that protein synthesis within the body is elevated up to 48 hours post exercise. This is a key indicator for muscle growth. What’s more is this is about the same amount of time it takes for your metabolism to return to its normal resting rate.
Ideally you should lift 3-4 times per week. You can accomplish this one of several ways and still give each muscle group the adequate 48 hours of rest. You can organize your workouts by total body, upper/lower split, or by muscle group. To read more into the different routines read What’s the Best Workout Routine?
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