Here is the way it is FOR ME....it probably differs for other people, as I am 32 years old.
If I do a really intense powerlifting type workout where I go heavy and get heavier on every set and end up doing 3 or 4 reps on the last set, such as in my bench workout, I am sore for 2 to 3 days, depending on how well I eat and sleep. I am really tired and hungry the day after one of these workouts.
Example of this is this week's deadlift workout, which is a powerlifting routine designed to preexhaust you:
320 lbs. 2 reps as a warm up
260 lbs. 3 reps, 8 sets, 90 seconds between sets, explode off the bottom come up as fast as you can and still maintain perfect form.
Straight leg DL:
4 sets, 8 reps, 90 seconds rest, ended up at 195 lbs. on the last set, pretty damn tired by that point, back feels pumped.
2 sets of good morning exercise, as many reps as I can do, 90 seconds rest.
Shrugs in the rack, first week of doing this, not much weight. Back is pretty damn tired. 235 lbs. for 8 reps, 3 sets.
Hammer strength rows, 4 sets, 90 seconds, 8 reps a set, started at 195 and ended at 235. Pretty damn tired by the time I get to this.
Close grip lat pulldowns. 4 sets, starting at 160 lbs. ending at 190 lbs.
I'm still getting used to this workout and am increasing the weights every week on all of the exercises after the deadlifts which are there to pre-fatigue you. It makes me sore as hell for at least two days.
If I do a bodybuilding sort of workout with higher reps, IE a bit less weight and more cable and dumbell exercises I can be ready to go again in 48 hours. I'm hardly sore or fatigued at all.
There is a bid difference between training for strength and power and training for appearance or weight loss.
Last edited by AL P; 07-30-2004 at 09:50 AM.