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How many times a week should I work each muscle?

There are several factors that determine the ideal frequency with which you should work a muscle including your goal, the training volume (number of sets), rest/sleep, nutrition, and recovery ability. All of these elements intermingle to shape what you do in your training program. If your goal is to build big muscles, then you will need more volume or sets. The higher your volume of training, typically the less frequently you can work the muscle. Doing 15 sets for a body part takes considerably more recovery than doing 8 sets for that muscle group. If you get poor sleep, that will slow your recovery. Skipping meals, reduced calories, or insufficient protein can hinder your recovery, stretching the time you need between workouts. Finally, some people just take longer to recover from an intense workout. Listen to your body. If you are still sore in the muscles you want to work, consider waiting and doing something else. This will reduce your risk of overtraining and injury which are both guaranteed progress killers. For higher intensity and volume training (like bodybuilding) consider resting 2-5 days before working that muscle again.

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