One of the biggest dilemma perhaps for bodybuilders is that they pay attention to almost all the factors except rest. The purpose of this article that I am writing is to make them aware of the fact that rest is equally important. Below I will explain how:
1- Keep in mind that muscles are developed not in the gym but during the time we take rest. Surprising? But this is the fact. If you are the one who thinks that you are getting your muscles while you are working hard in the gym than you are wrong. You are just damaging and tearing your muscles which then need proper time for recovery and growth. While your body is at rest, that is the time when muscles get repaired and developed. So you should take plenty of rest and sleep at least 7-8 hours per day.
2- Rest also prevents your body from getting over-trained. Over training is the situation where you actually end up training your muscle or group of muscles more than what is actually required. Over-training damages your muscles to an extent that their recovery process slows down considerably. So when muscles do not get repaired quickly enough, you end up prolonging your muscle building process. It is therefore recommended that you train your muscles not more than twice a week. You may increase it up to 3 times a week but not more so that you can get quick bodybuilding results. A good way to achieve better results and avoid over-training is to focus on compound exercises where you train a group of muscles rather than training individual muscles. This way you can train more muscles in less amount of time and get time for rest and sleep which enhances your muscle building process.
3- Testosterone plays a good role in bodybuilding. For the information of bodybuilding guys, this hormone gets produced when we are sleeping. So again, rest and sleep is important for effective bodybuilding.
My advice to all guys and folks in bodybuilding would be to take as much rest as you can but with a minimum limit of 7-8 hours per day and do not perform exercise for particular muscle or group more than 2-3 times a week so that muscles get time to repair and re-grow.