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How many days per week should I resistance train?

JC Pinzon
Fitness
One can do resistance training everyday. There are over 600 muscles in the human body an it would be impossible to train them all in one session. The best way to train is to split your routine using different muscle groups everyday. One can split major muscle groups in either upper body exercises one day and lower body exercises the next day, or front and back muscles. Some muscles can be trained everyday like the core muscles. The core muscles which are mostly in your midsection are build for endurance and you can use different exercises for these group of muscles. Be sure to target the muscles in different planes of motion and keeping track of the exercises so you don't overtrain them. Resistance exercises can use either your own body weight, free weights, machines or rubber bands as long as you use them with the right intensity and frequency. Resistance training can help you either gain or lose weight depending on your goals. The intensity of the exercises will help you achieve your goals.

The amount of days you resistance train as a lot to do with your goal, three days of resistance circuit training with some form of cardiovascular exercise on alternate days work well for someone who is trying to tone and shape their body. For more bodybuilding type resistance training, you could train five to six days by alternate two muscle groups on alternate days.

This largely depends on your method, program and goal. For the average person, do 3-5 days per week for 30-60 mins. Consult further with a trainer to find out specifically what programing protocol will be correct for your situation.

That depends on what your goals are and what you exercise experience is. Whatever the answers to those questions are you must remember that you want to give your muscles time to recover because the development occurs during the recovery period.

If you choose to train on back to back days such as Monday Tuesday and Wednesday then you will want to alternate muscle groups. For example you could do back and biceps on Monday, legs and cardio on Tuesday and chest and triceps on Wednesday. This schedule will give all your major muscle groups time to recover before working them again. There are several different scenarios. This is just one example.

The number of days per week that you should resistance train depends on multiple factors including, but not limited to, your lifestyle, fitness goals, resistance training experience, and your schedule. Due to other obligations, it can be a real challenge for many people to resistance train more than 2-3 days a week, and that is okay! For most exercisers, 2-3 days a week of resistance training will be adequate to continue to see improved health and strength benefits and body composition change. The key with any resistance training program is to maximize the time that you can commit to your workouts to ensure that you are getting the most benefit out of every session as well as to develop a realistic plan that you can stay commited to. Consistency is one the most important factors when it comes to benefitting from an exercise program.

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