It’s an indisputable fact that strength training is good for you. It helps you build muscle, burn fat, get stronger, speed up your metabolism, strengthen your bones, and build a banging physique.
You’ve probably felt the excitement of seeing all the changes your body goes through after a few weeks of hitting the weights.
As you progress, you may be tempted to increase the dosage of training to see even better results. After all, more training equals more gains, right?
There’s an important aspect of training that newbies and even intermediate trainees neglect: recovery.
You see, you don’t actually make any gains while training. The training itself is more of a disruption to the body’s systems. You’re literally tearing muscle fibers so they can be rebuilt to withstand the stress of future training (i.e. get bigger and stronger).
This is why bodybuilders sleep like toddlers. They understand that recovery is just as important as pushing yourself in the gym.
You’re probably not a bodybuilder. And you don’t have the time or luxury to sleep 8 hours a night and take a midday nap.
You’re probably busy, stressed and managing many responsibilities. Training hard and often without paying attention to recovery is a recipe for injuries, overtraining, and burnout.
The perfect workout split
There’s a reason our Small Group program includes four training sessions per week. It was designed strategically to challenge all muscle groups, master foundational movements, and allow for proper recovery in between workouts.
If you put maximum effort into each session, your body will feel it the next day. It’s wise to give yourself a rest day or cardio day in between tough strength workouts to mix and match the intensity.
The perfect weekly workout routine should not only include strength training days, but also cardio workouts, mobility/flexibility routines, and health-promoting movements like walking.
Sometimes our members want to train with us more than four times a week. First, we’re flattered! Most people skip the gym altogether, but these members want to come more often!
When this happens, we remind them of the importance of recovery and making time for other components of fitness.
If you do it right, four strength training sessions per week is enough to give you the results you’re seeking. By putting maximum effort into each session and balancing your strength training with proper recovery, you’ll be happy that you don’t have to spend any more time in the gym.
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