Originally Posted by blindtiger
Plus, can't you lift too much? Like pamusky said, it can put a lot of strain on your joints, etc when you lift every day. Your body needs time to build muscle and "repair" itself and it won't do that if you lift everyday...
I've actually been noticing that I have been burning more fat and getting stronger (i.e. lifting more weight) when I give myself time in between lifting sessions.
Also getting enough sleep helps too....
I agree with you when you say sleep helps when it comes to strength training because it is during sleep your body recovers and repairs itsefl. It's during sleep that your body produces growth hormone and other chemicals such as leptin that take a major role in one's ability manage weight. However, lfting everyday is not necessarily a bad thing like you claim. Lifting two days a week can strain your joints just like you claim lifting everyday can. IT's all about how you approach strength training. Your muscles need at least 48 between bouts of exercise, so if you were doing a totally body workout 3 days a week would be sufficient. However, if you were to isolate muscle groups each day, you could essentially workout 7 days a week, however it is always a good idea to give yourself two days of complete rest from strength training. Nonetheless, you can still do aerobic actvity on those off days.
As for doing isolated core work as well as triceps, biceps, forearms, and calfs, if you are lifting corretly you should never rally have to a day that isolates these muscle groups. I can't tell you the last time I did bicep curls or tricep extenstions. IF you take a heavy enough weight for other compound movements, you should be targeting these secondary muscle groups as well.
One last thing- keep in mind that there is no specific formula for weight management that works for every individual. THe best thing to do is to get a rountine and do it for 4 to 6 weeks, then change it up. Do not stick with the same routine for more than 6 to 8 weeks as your body will adapt and be less responsive to the exercise stimulus.
If you have any questions let me know. BTW I'm a certied health fitness specialist throught the American Collgege of Sports Medicine and work as a Health Coach (exercise physiologist) for Cigna Health Worlwide- I do this everyday.