how many days should i go to the gym?

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    Jun 17, 2011 9:09 PM GMT
    just wondering how often each week i should be going to the gym. im a hard gainer and my trainer (who isnt a hard gainer) said as long as im getting the calories i need i can go 5 days a week. im not sure about this because the workout plan he set for me works out each muscle in a day and doing the same thing each day in a row doesnt seem right. should i cut it back to mon, tues and fri? if so would it be good to do swimming on the other 2 days? im really confused about this
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    Jun 17, 2011 9:11 PM GMT
    oh yeah, i forgot to say, he has me doing 3 sets of 12 reps of full body workouts. should i be going heavier with less reps?
  • Bunjamon

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    Jun 18, 2011 1:22 AM GMT
    You shouldn't work out the same muscles every day, you want to develop a rotation that gives each muscle group a chance to rest. Full-body workouts every day is a no go. Fry back/biceps one day, then chest/triceps, shoulders/abs, legs, then rest. You can throw in a day of cardio if you want, too. Or do more cardio and less weights, it all depends on what your goals are.

    3 sets of 10-12 is good. You want to reach failure in about 10 reps.

    If you're working with a trainer though, if he's good he should be figuring all this out for you, even if he isn't a hard gainer. If you're dissatisfied with his program, TALK to him about it. He works for you. If you can't resolve your issues, switch trainers.
  • Glorfindel

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    Jun 18, 2011 1:35 AM GMT
    It really depends on what your goals are. That will dictate how often you should be going to the gym.
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    Jun 18, 2011 1:44 AM GMT
    you don't want to overwork yourself. You need rest as your muscles only repair and grow while you are sleeping. Just don't workout the same muscle groups two days in a row.

    Also you don't want to constantly have the same routine, you should change it up from time to time.
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    Jun 18, 2011 12:38 PM GMT
    thanks lads, i'll talk to my trainer about that, im surprised he was letting me do full body workouts day after day. im gonna ask him to set up a new program for me tomorrow.
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    Jun 18, 2011 1:03 PM GMT
    btw ... i'm sure u've checked out your trainer's background and are sufficiently impressed with his credentials, experience and client testimonials to know that this guy is qualified, right? I mean, I don't think u'll find many trainers recommending the type of workout he's got you on.
  • jlly_rnchr

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    Jun 18, 2011 1:05 PM GMT
    I am no trainer, nor have I had one, but I prefer going every other day. Allows me to be sore for a day and then head back the next.
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    Jun 18, 2011 4:55 PM GMT
    westsidetony saidbtw ... i'm sure u've checked out your trainer's background and are sufficiently impressed with his credentials, experience and client testimonials to know that this guy is qualified, right? I mean, I don't think u'll find many trainers recommending the type of workout he's got you on.


    when i joined the gym i got the trainer for free probably because the gym is a bit over priced at €55 a month so i didnt get to choose who i got. hes a young fella, only just turned 22 there so im not sure how much experience he has altho he did come 2nd in the junior Irish Bodybuilding Federation. but i agree, im gonna question him about doing a different workout plan that would suit me better because hes gonna do out a new one for me on monday.
  • Celticmusl

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    Jun 18, 2011 4:58 PM GMT
    Dang, yeah, sounds like working out each body part every day would be for an easy gainer or someone that needs to lose bodyfat quickly. Also, low amount of reps(but heavy) per set for hard gainers.
  • wild_sky360

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    Jun 19, 2011 5:49 AM GMT
    If this was his first plan, he may just be priming you for more targeted, and intense workouts later. My trainer did the same with me in the beginning.

    I revert to this strategy after I'm forced to back off lifting for a while. It doesn't necessarily build muscle, but it boosts stamina for the next stage.

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    Jun 19, 2011 3:29 PM GMT
    wild_sky360 saidIf this was his first plan, he may just be priming you for more targeted, and intense workouts later. My trainer did the same with me in the beginning.

    I revert to this strategy after I'm forced to back off lifting for a while. It doesn't necessarily build muscle, but it boosts stamina for the next stage.



    that makes sense because when i was doing it day after day i found it a lot easier so he was probably just starting me out that way. thanks man icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 20, 2011 2:46 AM GMT
    You should go to the gym 7 days a week.
    4 days to workout, 3 days to cruise. icon_cool.gif
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    Jun 20, 2011 3:10 AM GMT
    Always be careful with personal trainers.

    I had a personal trainer who told me i should build up my chest so it would be bigger than my gut , because i wasn't going to loose my gut. I stopped seeing him and ive lost almost all my gut so far. I think im starting to see some abs. I just have to loose the last of my gut,lol

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    Jun 20, 2011 3:33 AM GMT
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    Jun 20, 2011 4:13 PM GMT
    just back from the gym there and i was talkin to my trainer, he gave me the same program but changed it to 4 sets of 10 reps (it used to be 3x12). he also told me to do it mon, wed and fri. but go swimming on tues and thurs. does this sound any better than the last one? in fairness i am seeing some gains