QUESTION: Hey Tony, I have a question relating to weight lifting. I have been lifting weights for about an hour a day for a week. Is this bad? Or is it okay to lift weights everyday. I looked up resting after weight training but i don't fully understand how long to rest for. I want to gain muscle, and i love lifting weights. Should i lift and rest the next day, and so on?
I promise you that rest is even more important than training in terms of seeing gains and not getting injured. i completely agree that i love lifting weights and would lift everyday if i could. The fact of the matter is though that the body simply can't handle that type of physical demand without rest even with proper nutrition.
The minimum i think (and most experts think) you should rest for the week is 2 days but many people will rest 3. I suggest lifting with a 4-5 day split. so for a 4 day split i would train Monday Tuesday, rest Wednesday, train Thursday Friday, rest Saturday Sunday, and then repeat.
I personally do a 5 day split so i lift Monday-Friday and take Saturday and Sunday off. if you want you can do some light cardio 20-30 mins on your off days but i highly suggest taking a minimum 1 day of complete rest per week and no more than 5 days of weight training.
Tony isn't a licensed nutritionist yet, so he can't give anyone advice on what to do. Please consult your doctor for his professional opinion on a diet/nutrition program that will work for you.
Tony's blog is a journal of his experiences and what has worked for him. He lists general guidelines and suggestions only. He is NOT a professional.