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2006/09/24 21:07:27 (permalink)
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hitting legs 3x a week.. over training?

tuesday and thursday
40-50 mins of plyometric exercise
 
saturday
40-50 mins of weight training
 
am i overtraining here? i do 6x 30 min of cardio every week though..

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RE: hitting legs 3x a week.. over training? 2006/09/25 01:30:19 (permalink)
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probably not but here are some signs.
lack of energy
lack of appetite
insomnia
persistent muscle soreness
reoccuring colds or sickness
A word of note olympic lifters train legs 4 to 6 times a week, doing 3 to 8 1hr sessions per day!
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RE: hitting legs 3x a week.. over training? 2006/09/25 04:02:51 (permalink)
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It is very easy to overtrain the legs. Don't forget that when you train chest, say, you can rest it without a problem. But your legs carry you everywhere you go and are always working.
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RE: hitting legs 3x a week.. over training? 2006/09/25 12:52:16 (permalink)
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I would say its more of an individual thing. If you feel the signs of overtraining then I would make adjustments, but then some people can handle it no problem.
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RE: hitting legs 3x a week.. over training? 2006/09/29 17:11:06 (permalink)
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Builtdarntough is wrong it only takes your muscles 48 hours to recover. your cns depending on how intense the workout is may take longer. if your going for mass u may wan't to cut down on the plyo to just once a week, and the cardio to 3-4 times a week, I'm not exactly sure how the cardio and plyo affects strength training. I will say this with all that stuff your doing I'd probably be eating 6 to 8 times a day, doing this can help prevent overtraining. Your leg muscles can take alot of work for the very fact that u walk on them everyday. Like baseball said if u feel the signs of overtraining then adjust if not stick with what your doing. 
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RE: hitting legs 3x a week.. over training? 2006/09/29 18:13:41 (permalink)
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builtdarntough is 100% correct.  you should only workout legs once a week.  the only body parts i believe you can(not saying should) work more than once a week are abs and forearms(if you even do direct work for forearms)
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RE: hitting legs 3x a week.. over training? 2006/09/29 18:30:20 (permalink)
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48 hours isn't adequate rest unless you're trainning very casually.
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RE: hitting legs 3x a week.. over training? 2006/09/30 00:53:39 (permalink)
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Track athletes and olympic weightlifters train legs just about everyday. If u ever take a look at them they usually have well developed leg muscles. now i'm not saying to do that but depending on your level of fitness 48 to 72 hrs is adequate enough time for your muscles to recover. i don't know how long u guys have been workingout but it seems to me that u have done more listening then lifting. I do legs 3 times in a week. people don't realize the biggest factor when training is not overworking their muscles i'ts overworking their central nervous system. Prisoners, boxers soccer players and wrestlers are all people that workout legs just about everyday. so don't give me bull about some article u read where a bodybuilder said to only do a bodypart once a week. by the way this is my leg workout full squats atg 6 to 8 sets  8-15 reps 3 sets glute ham raise 4-8 reps goodmornings 3 sets 6-10 reps i do this 2 to 3 times a week and i have gained muscle mass and have NO signs of overtraining. 
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RE: hitting legs 3x a week.. over training? 2006/09/30 11:41:01 (permalink)
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Once or twice a week is a good amount to work legs.
Yes, there are athletes out there who work legs a ridiculous amount, and spend ridiculous amounts of time in the gym, and yes, they get great results from it.
However, pro athletes are generally willing and able to push themselves to limits most people are not- For most of us, we have to work out smarter rather than harder to get the gains we want- And get them safely. Pro boxers, prisoners, etc- They'll risk taking things that allow them to work beyond the normal workout because of their particular risk vs. reward needs. Me? I've gotten excellent results from working legs once or twice a week for years now, and see no point at all in trying to push my body to the extreme, risking possible injury that could leave me crippled later on in life. I'd prefer to do it right, and stay strong for many, many years. Those who push too hard, normally run into problems later in life. And yes, this comes from experience, not from reading some mag.
Just think about squats, for example- They use damn near every single muscle in your body, and can really tax your CNS- I love pushing myself to the limit within my leg workouts, but I see no point in putting my entire body under that sort of stress too often throughout the week- It's flirting with danger. I love lifting too much to want to try and risk losing this hobby for the rest of my life.
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RE: hitting legs 3x a week.. over training? 2006/10/02 17:07:32 (permalink)
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over training for sure
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RE: hitting legs 3x a week.. over training? 2006/10/02 19:35:14 (permalink)
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this can be debated to no end...think of it this way Look at the Bill Starr 5x5 routine...you are squatting 3 times a week...and it is a well proven routine...I think what has to be viewed is intensity
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RE: hitting legs 3x a week.. over training? 2006/10/05 00:44:27 (permalink)
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i technically work out my legs 4 times a week as i do 2 full body work outs and 2 days of rugby league training and we do plyo in that and ive had really good results and havent had excessive muscle soreness
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RE: hitting legs 3x a week.. over training? 2006/10/12 11:00:25 (permalink)
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doesnt creatine help shorten recovery time?

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RE: hitting legs 3x a week.. over training? 2006/10/12 12:29:23 (permalink)
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ORIGINAL: shinobier

tuesday and thursday
40-50 mins of plyometric exercise

saturday
40-50 mins of weight training

am i overtraining here? i do 6x 30 min of cardio every week though..

 
shinobier:
 
Definately too much bud. What I don't like about training the same muscle twice a week is that it doesn't give enough time for rest. Even if it's a dynamic day(light day) I find it useless and just slows down your recovery. Training the same muscle twice a week with high intensity is to much. Although training twice a week moderately would be fine.
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