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Usually this would be called an active rest day, and is something that I find very effective. I lift 6 days a week then do cardio whether it be riding my bike, jogging, running, or soccer drills. I find it quite helpful. It gives your muscles time to recover but you are still getting your daily dose of exercise. As you said, it is important to avoid using ...


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YES, both muscle size and strength need to be maintained. However, you need to provide much less stimulus to maintain said size/strength gains than you needed to grow them initially. E.g. going from a 5x5 protocol to a 3x10 or vice-versa shouldn't see any kind of strength or size loss, so long as you're keeping the same intensity and eating properly. That ...


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Days off from lifting, known as "rest days", are designed to let your body heal from the damage you do during training. Oddly enough, the more progress you make in strength training the less frequently you can train at maximum because you get very good at damaging your body. Putting it another way, the cumulative exercise (a.k.a. damage) a trained athlete ...


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Ditch your routine and go with the Starting Strength program. It will be much more effective in the short and long term. Buy the book. Follow the program. Become strong and powerful. You're wasting time doing isolation exercises, missing out on hormone bumps that come from compound lifts, getting yourself out of muscular balance, not on any kind of ...


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There's nothing wrong with the order of exercises you're currently performing. However, to avoid a training plateau, you should consider changing up your routine on a regular basis. Typically, that's every 6 to 8 weeks. For example, as you've asked, perform all chest exercises first, then biceps. Or, perform biceps first, then chest. You should base it ...


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To an extent. As long as you're progressing in volume it would be hard for you to lose mass when going back to low rep/heavy weight training. I enjoy doing both. So for instance training 5x5 on a monday. Doing high rep work on a wed and then heavy weight, low rep on friday.



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