Why Slow? Why Rest?
We lift weights slowly for two main reasons – safety and efficiency.
Slow lifting greatly reduces the forces that commonly cause injury to your joints, muscles, and connective tissue.
Slow lifting also reduces momentum, which requires the muscle to do most of the work. The result is muscle failure achieved in a minimum amount of time, giving you a much more efficient workout. When you can no longer move the weight, the stimulus for muscle growth has begun.
Armed with the knowledge that you can train without injury, you will have the confidence to push your muscles to the required level of fatigue, making your workout more effective.
The InForm Fitness workout and rest are the Yin and the Yang of muscle building. It’s a physiological fact that your body needs sufficient time for rest and recovery. You need to eat well and strength train, but you also need to sit back, relax, and let your body do what it needs to do if you want to meet your goals.
Once you have worked your muscles to the point of true muscular failure, they require sufficient time to repair and restore torn fibers and build new muscle mass. This process can be enhanced only with proper nutrition, hydration, and the luck of genetics.
Most people believe that going back to the gym after two days of rest in between workouts is perfectly safe. Not true. If you’re pushing your muscles to the point of total muscle failure, your body needs to rest for much longer than a paltry two days. Some of the critical repair work that must occur in muscles post-exercise doesn’t even begin until well past the two-day mark. You should allow yourself a minimum of three to four days of full recovery, if not more.