The way you handle your off days can greatly affect your ability to build muscle and get stronger.
For the dedicated lifter, the problem isn't that you take an occasional rest day. The problem is that you don't take ENOUGH rest days and you don't time them wisely in your training week.
Change your thinking like this:
Think "stimulation days" instead of training days.
Think "growth days" instead of rest days.
The truth is, during your off days crucial things happen that make it easier to grow and get stronger.
Your body has limited resources. And if you invest more resources in a training session, rather than resting, you'll have fewer available to fuel adaptation and growth.
During rest days you devote more of your resources to growth and repair. Your nervous, immune, and hormonal systems also get back to a situation conducive to growth and performance.
If you're well rested you'll be able to perform at a higher level and do more volume, both of which will make the session more effective. "Growth days" make you grow directly by allowing you to recover. They make you grow indirectly by allowing your to put a greater stimulation on your body during your lifting sessions.
Long Story Short... Train smarter. Rest harder.
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