Rest for Muscle Growth
By Karen Sessions NSCA-CPT
Many factors apply when it comes to weight training for women and bodybuilding, and the most overlooked aspect is rest. As simple as that may seem it is essential.
Rest will allow your muscles to recover. Without proper recovery, you will never grow. Thus, you will never achieve that award winning physique you worked so hard for unless you make sure to incorporate adequate rest. In this article I will teach you how to properly tie-in rest into your workouts, making sure all of your hard efforts pay off 100%.
Rest Between Training Sessions for Muscle Growth
. I have had people tell me they can actually feel their muscles gaining size during a workout. Although it might seem like it, that is false. This “feeling” you get is called a pump, and is not to be confused with muscle growth.Muscle growth (hypertrophy) takes place during rest, not during a workout. You may get a pump during training, but it’s merely blood being pumped into the heated muscle, making it harder and increased in size temporarily. When this happens, many get a mental pump and drag the training out, resulting in over training, which is something we don’t want to do.
When your muscles repair themselves after training they are slightly stronger than before, which can lead to further growth if training is continued after sufficient rest. It is important to note if you train again before the muscle is fully recovered, you can retard growth, and if you fail to train at all you will lose size.
Rest needs vary for each individual. Dietary guidelines, stress, genetics, sleeping habits, age, and supplements all are contributing factors to recovery. So what may work for someone else, may likely not work for you.