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Good Training Schedule For Mass?
I'm 15 years old and have been seriously training for approximately 6 months. My diet is not entirely correct but good enough I believe. I used to train each muscle group once a week, this regime only put on a little size. I now train each muscle approximately twice a month, it works better for me as I have put on a lot more size. Do you feel this is right or look for an alternate training regime? Please help any tips would be great.
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I do not believe that this is the best way to go about putting on quality size. I think that in theory you could make it work if you did some type of one week light and one week heavy type of training routine. The light week would keep the muscle healthy and cause minimal to no trauma to the muscle cells. The heavy week would give you a chance to really put some shock to the tissue and tear it down. This also reminds Mother Nature that you need big muscles in case you ever decided to do this again.
I am not really sure why the first routine did not work but I have a hunch. You were probably slacking a little and the workouts were not very intense. When you decided to train only twice a month you became hungry and when you hit a muscle group you really hit that muscle in an effective way. You shocked the body as it had been resting for two whole weeks and therefore you would tear the muscle and then allow it to grow. What you were doing before was more like a maintaining type routine and never really pressing to shock the muscle. You always hear people say I do not get sore anymore. Well all that I have to say to that is "well, your muscles are not getting bigger anymore either".
I like to use the old calluses story when I get asked this type of question. Let us say that I had a labor job in which I used my hands everyday. I am not a wimp so I opt not to use gloves when working. Mother Nature gives me some mean looking rough and tough calluses. Well, lets say that I get a raise and I am moved into an office position (management) and I no longer use my hands for labor purposes. Mother Nature slowly takes the calluses away from me. The same theory goes for weights and big muscles. If you lift heavy weights Mother Nature will compensate for that activity by giving you muscles that are capable of moving those heavy weights on a frequent basis. The moment that you stop you will begin to lose those muscles that were once required to lift the heavy weights. Get it? This principal applies to several situations in life if you think about it.
Try the one light one heavy recommendation that I made and see what happens. Your body may need a super long time to recover but I seriously doubt that that is the case here. Train with passion and intensity and watch yourself grow. At 15 years of age you are going through hormone heaven keep it up. Train hard and be a tank!