Discover Your Body. Training Every Day Is It Worth It?

The question I am often asked about training is the following:
Can I train every day?
Obviously the answer is: it depends.
Let’s find out why then.
To make you understand the topic we must dispel a myth which is that the muscle grows at rest. 
The statement is correct in itself because while we train we create a strong catabolism which is then preparatory at rest to increase protein synthesis, so, without the catabolism process the anabolism cannot exist. 

Well, the muscle grows at rest (not on rest days) but in the hours following training, i.e. 48-72 hours after the protein synthesis stimulated by training catabolism decreases and returns to basal levels
For this reason, You should hit a muscle at least twice a week but, first of all, let’s try to better dispel the myth that the muscle grows at rest.
It is said that the more we “damage” our muscles in the gym the more we obtain a hypertrophic improvement. 

Discover Your Body. Training Every Day Is It Worth It?

As we know already the factors that induce the increase of the muscle cell are: 

  • mechanical tension 
  • metabolic stress 
  • muscle damage

The  research shows that the latter of all three is the one that has less to do with it and contributes less to get hypertrophy. 
The idea of having to “kill” the muscle and having to wait for the recovery time to repair it is aimed more at the world of doped people who have other hormonal levels than the world of “natural” people.
If we look at all those sports activities that have high energy demands for 40-60 seconds for example, we see that even if we train every day the hypertrophic response is evident because the cells, not only the muscle ones but all those of our body, they respond with the hypertrophy to an increased demand for work. 

This is one of the physiological laws of human beings, but what does it mean? 
It simply means that the demand for work increases as mechanical tension increases as well as metabolic stress increases and therefore we have the nervous system which strengthens on the one hand and the cellular fibre which becomes more hypertrophic on the other hand.


Discover Your Body. Training Every Day Is It Worth It?

Having said this, another important concept must be underlined: 
It is not the training session that counts but the weekly/monthly sessions are the factors that matter. 
We can use different training methods but we achieve results under constant stimulation after a long period of time, so, all methods lead to a result if we are constant on them and if we work hard because all methods have given the direction to our muscle fibres over a period of time.

On the workout plan of body building today  we no longer speak about a single training session but we speak about a weekly workout that is everything about how many series we do per muscle group and obviously, whether we do them in one, two, three sessions or even every day, well, we found this as irrelevant . 
In fact, the important thing is to obtain a quality in the volume of work and a progression of the load as it does not make much sense to train every day if then in the following months you no longer get strength etc.

From this point of view It is better to train once a week but progress over time than to train every day and always stay the same. 
Therefore, let’s go back to the question of whether it makes sense to train every day, so, the answer is that it mainly depends on the fitness level of each of us.

Discover Your Body. Training Every Day Is It Worth It?

If we are beginners for example, it makes sense to train a muscle once or twice a week because we can make progressions from time to time with the respective loads and volumes but if we belong to the category of advanced athletes well, this thing no longer works anymore because the possibility of progressing becomes very limited as the muscle stops growing because as the fitness level increases, the stress level and fatigue also increases.

These two factors do not allow us to see the improvements as we wish, therefore, the more we continue to train intensely the more we accumulate stress and fatigue with the final result of having an always stable level. 
At this point, how can we fix this? 
We can fix this by training with low volume of work for a period of time so that fatigue and stress will be reduced, the state of fitness will improve and we will finally get the long-awaited results.

Finally, if we are advanced athletes we must pay attention to the training period and we must be aware that it is not the individual sessions that bring us results but the period of “unloading” the volume of work in which the body will lower the stress in order to see the improvements we’ve made with past workouts.

I hope I have been helpful and if you have something to ask me you can contact me privately and I will certainly be happy to help you. Thank You!

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