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Is weight lifting on consecutive days (Saturday and Sunday) bad for a person? I do an hour class at the gym which focuses on the whole body. The only time I can fit it into my schedule is on Sat and Sunday but I don't want to be over-doing it. Any advice?

Sat. Mar 11, 1:42pm

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Your body needs to repair itself. When you lift weights, tears are created in the muscle (which create more fibers, I believe) and those tears take between 24 & 48 hours to repair. I would probably forego the class or use lighter weights for more aerobic workout, than strength training, and do a full body workout with weighs on one of those days. I think Fitness mag had an article on this a few months back.

I weight train (to fatigue) with a trainer two days a week, but our sessions are spaced out - Wed & Sat. I do take a class of his on Thursday nights. I expressed concern about muscle repair, and he said to use the lighter weights for some resistence. There's nothing that we use in that class that would build muscle as we are in our training sessions.

Before I started training with him I weight trained on Tues & Sat, but to keep my cardio at 4 days, I just made Tues a really long night.

Hope that helps.

Saturday, March 11, 2006, 2:42 PM

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If I were you I would ask the instructor what they think. If it's the same instructor there's a good chance they change it up enough to make it doable both days - after all - they do it two days in a row. If it's 2 different instructors probably more likely the classes are too similar and you should have a day of rest as the prior poster mentioned.

Blozzom :-)

Saturday, March 11, 2006, 4:04 PM

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The other thing is that if 1 class focuses on upper body and the other on lower body, then 2 days in a row may not be too bad...

But, yes, the general consensus is that you should have at least 1 day of rest between weight training days if you are working out the same group of muscles.

Saturday, March 11, 2006, 4:11 PM

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OP here, it is taught by two different instructors and its a full body workout so the same muscles would be worked both days. I just know I need more than one day weight training a week and have not found the motivation to do the machines myself. Guess I better change that. Thanks for all your suggestions!

Saturday, March 11, 2006, 7:05 PM

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