When you are establishing your workout routine one of the big questions is – how often should you be lifting weights? Should you be doing it every other day? Or twice per week?
The truth is that there is no one right answer to this question – the answer will depend on your goals and what you are trying to achieve by working out. As a general baseline, if you are looking to achieve results it is a good idea to go to the gym at least three days per week. If you train less than this, you won’t start to see the lasting effects on your strength or your muscle burn. You can add in a day of rest of a day of light cardio in between each training workout.
For example, you could set up a schedule of lifting weights on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, performing some moderate cardio on Tuesday and Thursday and take the weekend to relax and recharge. Having adequate recovery time is just as important as having frequent workouts, as your muscles need time to heal and grow. Don’t plan your weight training sessions more than two consecutive days in a row.
When you start to build more muscle this will burn more calories even when you are not at the gym. For the best results, aim for full body workouts that will target your legs, abs and back and go for exercises that will target several muscle groups at a time. For example, squats are a great move because they use muscles in the front and back of your legs.
Since you will be going to the gym frequently, it makes a lot of sense to have a membership. A gym membership can save you money if you go there in a regular basis, rather than paying for each go. Also, when you have a monthly membership you find yourself wanting to go more often, so that you can “get your money’s worth.”
You might find it difficult to find the time to lift weights three times per week, but when you prioritize you will find a way to fit it into your schedule. Everyone has the same 168 hours per week, so it is up to you to choose where you spend those hours. If you have a goal to get fit, you will find the time to squeeze in the workout wherever you can – whether it is getting up early so that you can go to the gym before you go to work or going straight after work for a lifting session before dinner.
Take a look at your schedule to see where you can fit in the exercise sessions that you need in order to meet your goals. It might take a little bit of scheduling, but when you find the right workout groove you will be well on your way to meeting your fitness goals.