While dieting is without a doubt the most crucial part of losing weight, regular exercise and strength training can help you build up muscle and lose fat faster. The more muscle you build up, the faster you’ll see results in your physical body, which is a major goal for most people.
However, choosing exactly how often you work out is an important decision. One of the key factors in determining the frequency that you should work out is your level of experience.
Different levels of experience can handle different frequencies, and the most effective amount of working out will vary. To break it down simply, you can divide people into beginners, intermediates, and advanced.
If you’ve only ever worked out a few times or not at all, you’re a beginner. Beginners won’t be used to working out at all, so after their first workouts, they’re definitely going to be sore quickly.
Additionally, they’ll also gain muscle a lot faster, because it will take less effort to tear their muscles. For beginners, they should only work out about twice a week, which can help with soreness and can also keep you more dedicated to doing it.
Now, if you work out here and there but don’t have a consistent schedule already, you’d be considered intermediate. Intermediate exercisers will have some light muscle built up, but certainly won’t be used to a regular schedule.
These exercisers will get used to the soreness of workouts a lot quicker than beginners, and because of this, they can work out about 3-4 times per week. If you’re decently in shape and you’ve been sustaining a consistent workout schedule, then you?re considered advanced.
Advanced exercisers can easily work out 5 or more days per week, because their bodies are used to it. Once you work your way up to being an advanced exerciser, you’ll have to work out more frequently to make any difference in your body.
Another important part of maintaining a good frequency of strength training is your schedule. If you’re extremely busy all the time and can’t fit in a workout every day, you can still be fine getting in one or two a week.
While frequency is important, it’s all for nothing if you can’t consistently keep up with your workout schedule. It might seem best to work out as much as you can, but by pacing yourself, you can avoid burning out.