How many days per week should you train?
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, all of them?
Honestly it doesn’t really matter too much so long as your consistent.
You know there are people who hit the gym only twice a week and make more progress than those who frequent it 6 days and train twice per day.
It comes down to the premise of quality or quantity.
Technically you need both.
I know, it’s quite irritating.
The more quality you can put out the better progress you will make, that’s just how it goes, however no one starts off being able to do that, despite what fitness guy’s and influencers tell you.
Back in the day my philosophy for my own training was very much about all or nothing, luckily this didn’t extend to my clients and was purely pushed on myself.
Ironically many clients made great progress on 2-3 days of training per week.
Then there was me, slogging it away with multiple gym sessions, essentially every day and being honest there was very little to show for it.
When you keep digging in to your training tanks your body stops adapting and overcoming the stimulus, it merely learns to survive at any cost.
You will also find your body becomes more efficient.
Yep, it’s clever like that, so it ends up using less energy, especially when you place more demand on it.
Less resources become available for growth, progress and overall health and eventually the wheels fall of the wagon and you get hurt.
Then comes the mental anguish.
Along with the realisation that you’d become quite addicted to the gym, and despite all your ‘hard work’ you’ve very little to show for it.
I speak from experience on this one.
Even though personally I;ve always been lean and looked in shape (by the standards of an average person), I was causing a lot of internal damage and just not making the progress I felt I deserved or should have been.
Even knowing everything I knew, hubris got in the way.
Training should enhance our lives, not detract or dictate it.
If you find yourself binning off social events, or actually living because you MUST get to the gym less you miss your training then you’ve got a problem.
Seriously, it’s quite a big problem as well.
Addiction, regardless of the form is still addiction and at some point it goes pas the point of being helpful or even good for you and becomes toxic.
How does the old saying go – The poisons in the dose.
Or is it – The dose makes the poison.
Either way, I’m sure you get it.
I understand though, why you end up in this place.
We live in a very shallow and superficial world.
Both women & men are only as valuable as what they have to offer in regards to the majorities perception of them.
Better looking people get more opportunities in life, many may disagree, however it’s called the ‘Halo Affect’, a very real thing.
I spoke to a friend recently about this and they got rather put out by it and reacted emotionally as they don’t want people to think they only did well because of their looks, yet that is the exact reason they got offered as many opportunities as they did.
All of this brings us back to how many days we should train per week.
2 or 7, multiple times a day or just once.
My advice, 2-4 times per week is plenty for everyone.
These days I’d urge people to look at doing 2 gym sessions a week.
If you feel the need to doing something daily and move, that’s not a bad thing as you can pick something to practice, be that 20min of yoga, kettlebell work, bodyweight skill or something else entirely.
There are many many options available to us and in all honesty you can do which ever you enjoy the most.
Just beware the little gym monster of addiction.
It sits on your shoulder and tells you that you’ll never be good enough, lean enough, big enough, strong enough, or worthy.
When you start having these thoughts it’s time to step back from the gym and reduce training frequency before it gets worse.
Just something to remember.