Each gym-goer has their own rhythm and number of workouts they want to do each week. For some, this means daily gym visits, while some prefer a schedule consisting of 2 to 3 workouts per week. The most common training schedule for most people who aim to increase muscle mass is training at least 4 times a week – one muscle group each day.
Which training schedule is the best?
As with most questions in the fitness world, there is no universal answer to this one. Depending on physical fitness, goals, and many other aspects, different schedules and number of workouts suit different people. A few things to keep in mind when creating your own gym workout schedule are to include multiple forms of training, activation of different muscle groups, and the duration of each workout. In case your goal is to lose a few extra pounds, it is important to include strength training between cardio workouts in order to shape and strengthen the body evenly. If your goal is to increase muscle mass, a schedule of workouts is recommended, each workout focusing on one muscle group, along with cardio and mobility workouts that will ensure endurance and reduce the chance of injury.
Rest is half the workout
It is important to pay attention to providing time between training that is dedicated to rest and muscle regeneration. Demanding daily strength training can lead to overtraining and cause a counter-effect to the training itself. Listen to your body and give it enough rest to continue to perform the exercises properly and effectively. Two days of rest per week are recommended, but it still depends on your goals and training regimen.
Quality above quantity
Regardless of the number of workouts you perform per week, do every workout you start with quality! This means that the time you set aside for training, it really is time for training – distance yourself from distractions, follow the rest time between exercises and perform each exercise correctly and thoughtfully. Two hours of walking around the gym can count as cardio, but it can also ‘dilute’ strength training. Three quality workouts a week can mean a lot more to your progress than walking around 5 workouts per week.
We can say that there isn’t one perfect training schedule, but it should always be adjusted to the goals and abilities of the trainees. The most important thing is to stay active and enjoy your workouts to the maximum, and the results will definitely follow.
Your Gyms4You team