How many times a week should you train?

March 13, 2014

Right. Here’s the good news. When it comes to training frequency, more is not necessarily better. How many times per week you exercise is dependent on various factors, such as your goals, nutritional status and training history, not to mention practical things such as the time you have available.

For non-specific fitness goals where it’s more about being in decent shape, moving well, being in robust health and having a decent level of fitness, three times per week seems to work well for most people.  Four would be great, but three seems to be the sustainable number for many.

Be goal driven

The number of sessions you ‘need’ to do each week in the gym and the further commitment you need outside of the gym (nutrition etcetera) is going to come down to your goals.  If you have very specific requirements or goals beyond the norm, the time you spend on your programme will need to reflect this.

Our Six Pack Spectrum provides some guidelines for matching goals and behaviors.  Click here to download.

Six-pack spectrum

You need to match your behavior to your goals.  Getting results means something different to us all, we all want different things from our programme.  The key to success is to make sure that you’re clear on what you need to do to get to where you want to get to, and you get it done.