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How often should I work out to see results

Lauren Kent
Oct 7, 2023

People are always worried about whether or not they are working out enough. For most people, how many days depends on your overall goal. Let’s say that you are just starting out on your fitness journey; you are wanting to improve your overall fitness, as well as decrease in weight.

Some people go all in at the start, and try and get in every day. But two or three weeks down the track they give up because they find it too hard to sustain. For overall general health, you only need to be working out two days a week for full-body strength training to see results. If you were going more than this, you would just spend more of your time.

The most you should be strength training per week is five days - any more than this is overdoing it. If you are training 4-5 days per week, these should not be full-body training sessions.

You could break up the week in a few possible ways:

  • 2 days upper body, 2 days lower body;
  • 2 days upper body, 2 days lower body, and 1 day HITT;
  • 3 days upper body, 2 days lower body; or
  • 3 days lower body, 2 days upper body.

Consider your goals when you're planning your training; if your aim is to grow your lower body having three days lower with two days upper would be more beneficial. If you are only able to come in four days a week then the two lower with two upper would be more suited.

Some people find that they can push harder with four days per week rather than five, but either will get the same result. One is not superior than the other.

Choosing how many days to train depends on your lifestyle and what you can stay consistent with. Consistency is key. Keep working at it with progressive overload and challenge yourself in each session, and you will see results.

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This recipe and others are available to online, in-home and in-gym clients as part of your training at no additional charge. Trainerize have kindly let us post a few here!

Lauren Kent
Lauren is the founder of Impact, she enjoys challenging herself, music and chocolate!

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