It's pretty well known that unloading muscles via prolonged bedrest or time spent in microgravity will result in noticeable atrophy. What I'd like to know is if there is some amount of atrophy that occurs between workouts. If we consider resistance training to be an artificially high load on a particular muscle during the workout, contrasted with a much lower load (in our normal state for the time between workouts) does this mean that although resistance training results in hypertrophy, there's still some amount of atrophy that is occurring between workouts?
For example, is it the case that in the course of a week I have 5 units of hypertrophy due to working out, say, my quadriceps, but 2 units of atrophy, so the net result is 3 units of hypertrophy? Or does the fact that the muscle is being repaired between workouts mean that atrophy is postponed some number of days? Does the atrophy clock begin as soon as the muscle is fully repaired some number of days after a workout?
I ask this because I've been pondering using some minimal amount of volume on the intervening days to "remind" the muscles that they are necessary and need to not atrophy. I imagine this to be a single set (or maybe just a couple reps?) on what would normally be off days as a reinforcement of the necessity of the added muscle. It wouldn't be that difficult to do this, but I'd rather not do it if it's worthless or if it interferes with repair.
Any info is appreciated.
asked byTravis_Culp (39831)
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on March 22, 2011
at 01:17 AM
dont do too much because you can irreversibly damage your skeletal and cardiac muscle. I called my exercise physiology MD in our practice about your question and he said this does not happen......if you exercise consistently with rests. He forward this article. Pretty interesting stuff.
on March 22, 2011
at 01:28 AM
Maybe you are way over analyzing this. Lots of body builders, and/or figure competitors work out 6 days a week, not every muscle every day.... but muscles are affected by what you do no matter what. Pick a workout, e/o day, or M/W/F, or M,T-W-F, or..... whatever. Just don't work the same muscle (about) more than every 3 days.