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How much time should pass before we hit the same muscle again and how do we know when it is time to hit it again?

Nathan Carr

This poses for a great question.

If you are training a specific muscle this lets me know that you’re most likely looking for a cosmetic change. With that being said there are two ways to approach this.

The answer will change depending on the amount of volume one gives to the muscle group. Let’s say for example you’re training biceps. If you do 1-3 sets on your biceps, they can likely be trained 3 times a week without overtraining being an issue.

Now if you try and kill your biceps with 12-15 sets, you most certainly will only want to train them once a week to allow for proper recovery.

Remember, the real growing comes through optimal recovery.

About The Author

Douglas Zimmerman is board certified as a Corrective Exercise Specialist. His certifications were attained through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and he is certified in Sport’s Hypnosis through The National Exercise & Sports Trainer Association. Additionally Douglas is certified through Apex, the leader in nutritional academia. He currently is a Big Brother in the Big Brother, Big Sister foundation. Douglas is also active in charitable events including; raising money for the homeless, UPARC fundraisers, and green events. Read More »

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