As much as I hate taking rest days they are important. They give the body time to recover, rebuild bigger stronger muscle fibers. I’m not one of those people who do nothing on rest days, I do yoga on days I don’t lift.
A few months ago a guy from work came into the gym I lift at, we talked for a bit then I asked him what he was going to hit that day….. legs. Oddly enough it was my leg and ab day so I asked him if he wanted to join me. He said he wasn’t sure if I could hang with him on legs but he would do my workout for legs and abs. We worked out until our legs gave out then pushed further. Then we hit my ab circuit I do every day then left. I didn’t see him at work or in the gym for a week after our workout. His first day back at work he saw me and shook his head, he had been in bed on doctors orders for “extreme muscle strains” in his legs and core. They even gave him tabs to deal with the pain. I laughed for a good five minutes, told him that’s how hard I go every leg day and he called me fuckin stupid. He’s been my workout partner ever since then.
Mike Rashid, Big Rob, and CT Fletcher. Stupid pump
Being a hard gainer I have to eat more and lift harder than most guys, I don’t do supplements either so that puts me at a disadvantage. My buddies use them and they look bigger but I’m a little stronger and have more muscular endurance. The thing about being a hard gainer is the mass I do build is dense solid muscle. I’m a believer in power over mass, looking swole is good but if you lack power what’s the point. My high metabolism keeps me from keeping weight on, I average 7600 calories a day. That has me at a small 100cal or so surplus, eating that much is hard for me since I don’t really like food that much.