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when i get into something i like going all in day after day. When it comes to bodybuilding rest days feels like a wrench in my schedule. "you mean i cant just do this everyday?"


Bodybuilders/powerlifters: how many days do you take off and what is your workout intensity like?
 

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There's no rule or science against working out every day.
I once worked out 70 days in a row, and would had been 100+ if it wasn't for a major family event that lasted a whole day.
I've also had workout structure with AM/PM split, doing 2 workouts on the same day.
Go nuts.

It's all about how you structure your workouts. Obviously, doing a 3 hour high intense full body workout won't be feasible for an extended period of time. If you do a 3-5 split, it's of no issue to workout every day.
Listen to your body, follow your instincts, learn from experience.
 

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Also, for those of you who do not take regular breaks, describe your workouts.
 

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I used to squat 6 days a week and my best deadlift happened when I was squatting 6 days a week and also doing deadlifts 4x/week. I did the high frequency for about a year and a half without injury. but I am not one of those lucky people who can just do it injury-free without a lot of supplemental effort; I need a lot of trigger point release to stay pain-free. And I don't mean just "foam rolling"...I mean I needed to actually learn the names and functions of all the muscles and learn about postural problems and bone alignment problems caused by tight muscles (because sometimes the spot that hurts is nowhere near the muscle that was causing the alignment problem). I needed a lot of different tools to release muscles not just a foam roller because that is too big and too blunt for most muscles. trigger point release is also a very big project because everything is connected; like after I fixed some posture problems in my pelvis and then suddenly my upper body started hurting until I released everything in my upper body with the same kind of thorough attention to detail. it was like the realignment of bones (in a good way) but literally every muscle wanted to be released so it could handle that change.
 

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yeah, I do every other day, but those rest days I just want to hit the gym more. The thing is, I have a physically demanding job, so Its not really a good idea to workout much more.
 

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when i get into something i like going all in day after day. When it comes to bodybuilding rest days feels like a wrench in my schedule. "you mean i cant just do this everyday?"


Bodybuilders/powerlifters: how many days do you take off and what is your workout intensity like?
What is your goal?, the key question.
 

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No set goal in mind just lift heavy and get some strength/mass. But I'll be adopting a powerlifting plan soon.
 

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My workouts(4x a week) atm:
bicep curl 5x8 80lb
bench press 5x8 130lb
Shoulder overhead press 5x8 120lb
Bent rows 5x8 100lb
 

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Rest days are blah. I force myself to rest 2 days a week to keep injury risk in check since my workouts are usually pretty intense. Right now I'm focused on keeping a good training base until December, which is when I'll start training for my next marathon.
 

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I feel you 100%..

It's the habit factor- my brain is fine with me not working out at all, and fine with me working out every day.. but alternating days confuses it. It's like going to work on mondays- the irony is mondays wouldn't be so bad if you actually worked 7 days a week (assuming you aren't burnt out as a result).

I actually did workout everyday when doing my cut. I did upper body one day, deadlifts next, then squats next, and 20mins cardio each day just to fill each day out. It was actually great, but I suspect the combination of a caloric deficit and not having a rest day is why I picked up an injury, so I stopped doing it. I'm tempted to go back to it though, maybe when I start properly bulking, purely because I enjoyed it, even though it's actually inefficient.
 
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