We’ll go ahead and tell you upfront, this question is one that’s been debated for decades, and the debate isn’t likely to stop anytime soon. However, just because training experts haven’t reached a conclusion, it doesn’t follow that there aren’t smarter ways to approach your workout schedule.
The Magic Number We All Search For
You probably have a gym buddy that’s working out 4-5 times per week and gets very average results. You also probably know a guy who runs a couple times a week and then steps into the gym only on Tuesdays, but is totally ripped. So, what’s the magic number? What’s the formula?
Well, there isn’t one. Workouts are just one part of the equation when it comes to overall health and bodybuilding. Other important factors include getting plenty of rest, eating well, and allowing your body the recovery time that it needs (not whatever the “recommended standard” may be).
Recommended Gym Schedules
If you’re looking for a recommended gym schedule, there’s one basic rule of thumb we suggest. Workout as frequently as your social, family, and professional life will allow. Then, scale back (if applicable) to get the rest and recovery time your body needs.
If, for example, you have few commitments, you might be able to workout 6-7 times per week. However, that’s almost certainly too much for your body. So, scale back to perhaps 4 times per week and 5 times per week, switching your schedule every other week.
If you have a demanding career, three kids, and a healthy marriage, then working out 2-3 times per week might be the most you can put on your plate. Many experts believe that this is enough exercise to put on muscle mass.