Is there any science at all supporting rest days?

All the stuff swirling around regarding rest days seems totally anecdotal. Lots of vague mentions of benefits that often seem to relate to the mental side of people. Maybe I’m a freak but I absolutely love picking up weight throughout the day. When I feel like I can do another set I go for it. I love the feeling of having a pump at all times. So what’s up with all these rest days? I searched for studies and the few I found seemed to be comparing one group with rest days to another without rest days… with the same total volume! If you don’t take rest days you can creep your volume up on what you would have done wasting all that time. The studies don’t take that into account probably because then they are comparing apples to oranges. But it seems to me the non-rest days people are going to just get more volume in over the long haul. All the stuff on the web refers to factors like the fact that people will apparently flake out if they have to do something every day. Well, whatever. That doesn’t answer the question of whether working out continually would actual lead to greater gains. For those of you who are going to say I am obviously not working out intensely enough… I’m not so sure their 2 or 3 sessions on the same muscle group is really getting them as far as 6 or 7 would. So, can any one point me to any facts about this? PS – I totally get it’s simply not feasible for a lot of people to get to the gym more than 3 times a week… totally understand… and this is no slight to them. I just want some real answers for those of us who have the option of daily sessions.
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All the stuff swirling around regarding rest days seems totally anecdotal. Lots of vague mentions of benefits that often seem to relate to the mental side of people. Maybe I’m a freak but I absolutely love picking up weight throughout the day. When I feel like I can do another set I go for it. I love the feeling of having a pump at all times.

So what’s up with all these rest days? I searched for studies and the few I found seemed to be comparing one group with rest days to another without rest days… with the same total volume!

If you don’t take rest days you can creep your volume up on what you would have done wasting all that time. The studies don’t take that into account probably because then they are comparing apples to oranges. But it seems to me the non-rest days people are going to just get more volume in over the long haul. All the stuff on the web refers to factors like the fact that people will apparently flake out if they have to do something every day. Well, whatever. That doesn’t answer the question of whether working out continually would actual lead to greater gains. For those of you who are going to say I am obviously not working out intensely enough… I’m not so sure their 2 or 3 sessions on the same muscle group is really getting them as far as 6 or 7 would. So, can any one point me to any facts about this?

PS – I totally get it’s simply not feasible for a lot of people to get to the gym more than 3 times a week… totally understand… and this is no slight to them. I just want some real answers for those of us who have the option of daily sessions.

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