As much as you need to work the muscle hard to build muscle, you need to give it sufficient recovery time for proper growth.
Recovery time is a critically important aspect of building muscle mass. The fact is you do not build any muscle during your muscle building workouts. All the development and growth of muscles happen during the recovery time. You simply break muscle down when you are working them in the gym. So it’s important to not only allow sufficient time for your muscles to fully recover, but also make sure that your body have all the right nutrients it needs during this period of time.
Recovery time should be scheduled appropriately with all the different workout routines. If you are doing a full body workout which means you work your entire body on the same day, recovery time would mean that you do no lifting again for a few days after a workout because your entire body has to recover. If you are doing an upper / lower body split where your upper body gets worked one day, and your lower body gets worked the next day, your recovery time would include the days that you are not working the other body part. Online Fitness Expert, Tom Venuto’s new muscle building program would provide detailed information about lower body splits. Checkout the 3 Day Classic Muscle Review for more info.
It’s recommended in many bodybuilding circles that recovery time for a fully worked muscle or muscle group should be no shorter than 72 hours. This will allow for full recuperation and compensated growth of the muscle. If you make the mistake of working the muscle too soon before it is fully recovered you’ll be overtraining the muscle which may prevent it from growing bigger.
Getting enough protein is another important component of muscle building recovery time. Protein is a very critical nutrient for muscle building. Protein is known as the building blocks of your muscles. It’s what muscles are made out of. But protein is also an essential requirement for aiding in the muscle recovery process. The amino acids in protein are used by the body to help the muscle repair and grow during recovery time.
Protein requirement for different people to gain muscle may vary in accordance with factors such as body type, training intensity etc. But a recommended protein intake during a weight training program is 1-2 grams of protein per pound of your body weight. If you keep your protein intake at this level when training for muscle mass you should be in a good position to get sufficient protein for muscle recovery and growth.
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