If you have dabbled around with weights you will have undoubtedly wondered “how many times a week should I lift weights?” In this post I will look at some common thoughts as well as my own feelings on the matter.
So how many times per week should I weight train?
Here are some common views on the matter. Take a look at all the information and then make up your own mind.
- What are your goals?
The first thing you need to look at are your goals. If your goal is to become a bodybuilder and absolutely huge then you are obviously going to need to workout more than the guy who is just trying to look nice for the high school prom. It is important to establish what your goals are and then what level of weight training goes along with those goals.
- What are your physical limitations?
Many people overlook this one. For example, you might want to be the biggest guy in your city and as such decide you are going to workout everyday. This is pointless, however, if you have a chronic back problem and weight training seems to set it off. Or, if you have a full time job and a family to support it is stupid to train more than a few times a week.
- How experienced are you?
People who have been lifting weights for a long time (5 + years) are able to workout more times per week as their body is used to it and they know how to look after themselves. They know how to eat and how to rest. Beginners on the other hand do not know these things and usually go too hard too fast. They wind up with an injury or burned out.
- Do you spit your routine?
If you split your weights routine into common body parts you can workout more times than if you don’t. For example, you might do your chest and triceps on Monday and then your back and biceps on Tuesday. This means that your muscles get a longer rest than if you did the same workout each time.
Make sure you look at each on of these elements before deciding how much you want to weight train. You also need to remember the most important is your self-attitude and not be fanatic of controlling weights. Me, personally – I prefer to keep balance and harmony.