Let me start by saying that I have found this forum - and PE Forum - incredibly useful since being drawn into the world of pe-ing about six weeks ago. I have read both sites end to end and cannot conceive of a richer information resource.
I understand the risks of “newbies” endlessly rehashing topics which have already been done to detailed and satisfactory conclusion but one element of this whole activity seems more thinly covered than all others, namely that of training frequency.
I am a 42 year old recreational bodybuilder. After years of patchy maintenance efforts, I have in the last two years remodelled myself from a pretty flabby c.240lbs into a much more in-shape 260lbs, at 6ft2ins.
I work out in hardcore gyms where the average trainee is usually about 20 years younger.
It reminds me of my own younger days. One uses weights in one’s youth for a myriad of subtextual reasons - pent-up energy release, indulging social and competitive instincts with your peers etc. Youthful recuperative powers allow some progress but it is desperately restricted by this chronic overtraining.
These days I go to the gym to grow. This entails a brief, no more than 20 minute, visit approximately every three days, training two or three bodyparts with two or three serious work sets. It is remarkably effective.
The diet and the rest variables are easily taken care of; reasonably early nights as a norm and a combination of a very slight calorific surplus coupled with ample protein and plenty of liquids, fruit and vegetables.
Now, these pe boards are full of analogies to bodybuilding and I am presuming that the comparisons pass some scientific muster.
Which brings me the training frequency variable. I must admit that the last six weeks have seen me drawn into a five or six day a week pe pattern despite my gut instincts - I think there is a novelty factor to pe and such hugely attractive potential results that overtraining may be endemic.
Although I have already begun to see some very encouraging minor early results from this approach, as of today I am determined to drop back to an every other day approach, entailing an intense but measured and mixed 20 minute stretching and jelquing programme.
Now, my specific question for pe veterans are:
In their personal experience, what really is ideal training frequency?
I think answers along the lines of “it varies with the individual” may ultimately be a bit of a fudge as, with bodybuilding (without drug assistance), there are in fact pretty clear indications that even though many people will make some gains with fairly haphazard approaches, there is also a clear middle ground bandwidth of training/rest which brings good results to the majority of trainees.
I do think this question is hugely important. We have these fantastic resources regarding training techniques but this big question mark hanging over this central issue of optimal application.
I thank you for any advice in anticipation and will no doubt continue to learn lots more from this great board.