Some weightlifting queries
December 1, 2009 8:42 PM Subscribe
How often should I lift weights? and when I do, how much weight should I lift to achieve my goals?
posted by miraimatt to health & fitness (13 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Right now I try to work out four to five times a week, doing either 45 minutes of cardio and some weightlifting or just 60 minutes of cardio.
Question #1) I've heard before that you should wait two days after lifting weights to allow your body to recuperate and build muscle and such. Does this mean that I should wait before lifting weights using those muscles again, or lifting any weights again? Would it be detrimental/not useful to do some upper body weightlifting one day and some lower body weightlifting the next day?
Question #2) This question is kinda vain, but I'm kinda short, stocky, and as a result of some time spent doing lower body focused activities like running & such, I think my upper body should be larger compared to my lower body. Am I correct in thinking that in order to achieve this, but keep things good fitness-wise, I should be doing a significantly higher number of reps of a significantly lower weight when I do lower body weightlifting exercises?
For what it's worth, I'm about 20lbs away from being within the acceptable BMI range.