There are people who think that to be able to see the effects of the gym on the body it is essential to go as many days as possible to train. However, this is not true because our body needs moments of rest to recover and avoid the effects of the known “overtraining”.
Here we want you to make the most of your visits to the gym by unveiling a question that surely you have ever questioned: how often should I go to the gym? “Keep reading and you’ll know!
How often to go to the gym
From the seven days of a week there are different possible combinations that you can make to go to the gym but not all are equally effective. Below we will indicate what are the frequencies most followed by gym users.
- Train 1 or 2 days a week
People who have just started going to the gym or who have little time to do so, usually go to the gym 1 or 2 days a week. This frequency is not enough for our body to adapt to new muscle work, so you will not see physical changes or improve your sports performance.
- Train 3 days a week
It is the minimum frequency to go to the gym and observe some result in both your physique and your resistance; however, if you are going to go only 3 days a week you should do an intense exercise and give 100% of your capacity.
- Train 4 or 5 days a week
It is the most recommended training frequency because you can maximize the results of your exercises without overtraining the body. Going 4 or 5 days to the gym you get the body to get used to the new energy expenditure getting your body to become more slender and muscular.
- Train 6 or 7 days a week
This type of training is recommended for elite athletes or people who work in the sports world (footballers, tennis players, etc.). A person on foot, if he wants to train for health and aesthetic reasons, it is discouraged to go so often because the body needs to rest to recover.
How to start going to the gym
Now you know how often you should go to the gym, however, it is clear that if you have not done anything for a while, it is recommended that you go to the gym progressively and reach the frequency of 4 or 5 days a week at over time
In a How we will help you plan your visit to the gym depending on your experience in the world of sports training.
Beginners are considered to be those who start training or have been going to the gym for less than 3 months. The ideal way to enjoy healthy workouts is to go to the gym 3 days a week with a rest day between them; For example, a good option is to go on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
- Intermediates – advanced
If you have been going to the gym for more than 3 months, your body is already prepared to train more frequently; you should go to the gym between 4 or 5 days a week, as we have already mentioned. It is recommended that you intersperse the sessions so as not to go to the gym for many days.
For example, one option would be to go Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (if you want to go 4 days), or Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (if you want to go 5). Try not to go more than 3 days in a row to the gym because you can feel your muscles getting tired and you can suffer overtraining.