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    Anyone have, offhand, evidence supporting the concept that some muscle groups recover faster than others? Thanks,



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    Muscles which are predominantly slow twitch would recover faster than one that was predominantly fast twitch (assuming both were subjected to the same volume, intensity, etc.).



    Size of the muscle is also a factor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rich7522' date='Apr 23 2003, 08:09 AM
    Size of the muscle is also a factor.
    Yeah, I'd definately say so. Biceps Vs quads for me, for example, is the difference between a day and three days recovery at least.



    Gotta take into consideration how much "harder" you're hitting one muscle compared to another also.
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    i just dont understand though how size is a factor. maybe its just a question of complexity of movement ? with small muscle its easy to distribute load evenly with something like a deadlift it isn't. thus with a complex movement you always end up with some little part of some muscle grossly overtrained and then it is holding you back for days even as most of the muscle is good to go.



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    Size would be a factor because it is more metabolically demanding, overall -- it will not affect muscle damage to the individual fibers too much (though, tend to think larger muscle groups should create some whole body anabolism/catabolism), but it will spread resources for repair thin and will tax the CNS more.


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    Shawn Phillips in the early days of MM had something like "power systems training" it was based upon the premise that the major muscle groups had different recover rates.



    I would "guess" that when a smallmuscle group is trained it would tax the body less to repair and grow than for a larger muscle group. So does 3 arm trainings = 1 leg training in terms of recover ability?



    there are other factors that may play a part as well:



    Type of training is it maxing the nervous system eg set or 12 or sets of 3

    Systemic recovery factors: total nutient intake other excerise undertaken etc

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    so it is then not the size of muscle group, but rather the total muscle mass trained, no matter if it is 10 small or 1 large muscle no ?
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    This is something I've wondered about too



    If recovery eithe requires or bennefits from certain hormones that have a finite quantity then it should be possilbe that training too much of one's muscle mass would reduce this and make the recovery less effective.



    The are alot of ifs in the equation though.



    Lets say we look at GH (or this could be insulin or test or whatever) and you have a level of say 100 (imaginary units) no we can probably asume that under natural conditions we don't hit a cieling on effetiveness, if we did then GH injections would give us no added effect. So if you do HST training and that 100 IU's is spread out evenly over 10 different muscles (ass numbers here) then in effect each muscle in question would only be getting a portion of it, a 10th in this case (agian purely hypothetical). Now if we work out one muscle at a time what happens?
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    Generally, flexors recover slower than extensors and also hypertrophy at a faster rate. Flexors also contain a greater percentage of ft fibers. Flexors can be trained heavier with more sets and more recover time whereas extensors tend to respond best to higher reps, shorter rest intervals, and more frequent training. An easy way to differentiate a flexor vs extensor for those who are anatomically challenged is that for the major muscle groups flexors decrease joint angles...biceps, chest, hamstrings, and extensors increase joint angles...triceps, shoulders, quadriceps etc.

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