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If my son exersizes everyda will he gain muscle or no?

My son (14) has been working uot constantly everymy friendshave told me that if he does workout every day, nothing will change, cause u have to let ur muscles rest, basically is it true.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 12:16 PM on Apr. 11, 2009 in Diet & Fitness

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  • In order to build muscle, you have to tear it down. Lifting weights and "fatiguing" the muscle will accomplish that. Keep in mind that diet and genetics also plays a role.

    Work the muscle groups every other day. Your friend is correct. The resting period is when the muscle cells rebuild.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:23 PM on Apr. 11, 2009

  • what she said. basically growth of a muscle is from it "tearing" and then rebuilding stronger so it won't "tear" when it tries to do that same exercise again. he should work out every day but do different muscle groups
    jambalover

    Answer by jambalover at 12:38 PM on Apr. 11, 2009

  • he has to do weight lifting and resitence training...with stretching to keep the muscles flexible...he also needs to do some cardio like jogging to burn fat or you will never see the muscle....
    pisces_chick89

    Answer by pisces_chick89 at 10:12 PM on Apr. 11, 2009

  • the muscles will be fine with one day of rest
    pisces_chick89

    Answer by pisces_chick89 at 10:13 PM on Apr. 11, 2009

  • YOU DO HAVE TO LET YOUR MUSCLES REST. HE SHOULD PICK A SET OF DIFFERENT MUSCLES TO WORK ON EVERYDAY, LEAVING AT LEAST A DAY IN BETWEEN FOR REST.
    older

    Answer by older at 2:25 PM on Apr. 12, 2009

  • hwo i worked out in high school was i would weight lift every other day and then do cardio the other days and rest oe day a week . it wll take a while but eventually ya he wil get muscle .
    Mrs.Owen86

    Answer by Mrs.Owen86 at 6:47 PM on Apr. 12, 2009

  • It is recommended that with weight lifting, the muscle have 72 hours to rest. But a 14 year old should prob. not be lifting weights as of yet. His body is growing. But if he's doing regular hand bells, running, weight machines that use pulleys, its a good thing. But also what most boys do not realize that you cannot build muscle unless you are eating protein with each meal. It takes protein to build muscle and without it, the higher activity will actually cause the body to lose muscle b/c the body will take from the muscle to give it energy. :)
    lifeasinoit

    Answer by lifeasinoit at 10:19 AM on Apr. 13, 2009

  • Have him try a 5 day split Day 1: Chest exercises, Day 2: Shoulders, Day 3: Legs, Day 4: arms (biceps, triceps, forearms), day 5: Back and abs or something similar... that way he is concentrating on one area at a time and has plenty of rest in between. It could be very beneficial to get him a couple sessions with a personal trainer or sign him up for a lifting class so that he learns proper form and how to design a lifting program for himself.

    He also needs to be getting enough protein, generally you want one gram of protein for every pound of body weight. He can get a Whey protein supplement if he's having a hard time getting enough protein through his diet, he should also be eating every 3 hours to maintain the muscle he is gaining and boost his metabolism.
    Blueliner

    Answer by Blueliner at 4:24 AM on May. 7, 2009

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