How often SHOULD you train?
We’ve all seen #teamnodaysoff. People training 6 or 7 days a wk & often 2 times per day.
Is this good or bad? Does the more times you train per week = more RESULTS?
I’ve done both & I’ll explain the impact each of them had on me - PLUS what I prescribe for my clients & why.
Firstly - the goal for training should be, & this is for EVERYONE, to be doing the least amount possible to elicit the most amount of CHANGE.
There’s a sweet spot in training where you will recover & grow - BUT once you pass this point, all you are doing is reducing your body’s ability to recover (and change).. At this point you’re not getting more results. You’re slowing down your journey.
Your body only has a certain amount it can get from a single workout. Once you hit that point, it’s not just diminishing returns, it’s negative returns. It starts going BACKWARDS.
It’s like having a car that takes 60 ltrs of fuel. Once the tank’s full - that’s it. You can’t get more in there. You can hold the nozzle on, but you’re only going to get negatives from this - not positives.
This point is different from person to person, & the longer you have been training the more capacity your body has to adapt to high volumes of training & still grow BUT we’re really talking about ATHLETES or COMPETITORS at this point. People that have been training for YEARS & YEARS.
BUT what if you LOVE training? What if you LOVE being in the gym?
Easy - once you have reached your goal. When you’re where you want to be & you’re happy & you don't necessarily want to make any more changes, THIS is the time to train as much as you want.
But if you have a goal in mind, such as building muscle, LOSING FAT, or maybe both - #teamnodaysoff is not going to be the quickest, easiest, or safest way to get you there.
In fact for most people, you may simply NEVER achieve your FAT LOSS goals by training past the sweet spot.
I used to train 12 x / wk. Week in week out.
Now I train 3 x / wk.
If you train because you LOVE it & have no goal in mind. Do whatever makes you HAPPY.
If you’re training with the goal of FAT LOSS or MUSCLE GROWTH - maybe the above applies to you?