• Fastest Recovering Muscles

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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



      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 ?



      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?



      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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