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How many days a week should I focus on strength training?

Research on training frequency indicates that the optimum training frequency for improvements in strength is three to five times per week. The number of training sessions per week, per body part is determined by many factors, including training goals, age, general health, work capacity, nutritional status, recoverability, lifestyle, and other stressors. Your specific training goal will dictate your program design.

How many strength training days you need to do is really based on several factors.  One important factor is schedule.  You are looking at working out about 3-6 days per week.  This also will depend on how much you can do each week for each muscle group.  Your goals will also play a part in what you need to do as well.  Also it will depend on how experienced you are.  If this is something new to you, you might only do 3 days a week to start.  Also if you have access to a certified personal trainer he or she can help map out your goals on what you should be doing each week.

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