Is it ok to work out only three days in a row?

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    May 08, 2012 6:28 PM GMT
    I’ve got a job in another city and I’m currently commuting. I spend three days and a half there and three days and a half in my hometown. So, I’ve been thinking about working out three days in a row since I don’t want to pay two gyms in two different cities.
    What do you guys think? Does it work?
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    May 08, 2012 11:33 PM GMT
    Yeah sure. But you might want to break up days between upper and lower body to prevent injury, or any other staggering to prevent overuse of certain muscles two days in a row. For example
    Day 1: Upper body - chest & biceps
    Day 2: Lower body - Legs
    Day 3: Upper body: Back and triceps
  • Lincsbear

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    May 10, 2012 1:42 PM GMT
    Yes, it`s okay, but mix it up like advised above. Weight train one day, cardio the next, etc.
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    May 11, 2012 12:46 AM GMT
    That's going to be rough. IMO 1 day on, 1 day off is the best route to take. Usually I strive for 4 workouts a week, which means 2 consecutive days but sometimes my body just isn't feeling it. You want 48-72 hours between working out the same muscle.

    Perhaps you should consider one location to do home workouts. You can do lot with a set of dumbbells, a pull up par, and pushups + backpack (if you want to add weight).
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    May 11, 2012 2:07 AM GMT
    To be honest, it's not ideal. Yes, you can make it work but that schedule will never be ideal for anyone. If you absolutely must workout 3 days in a row, I would throw in a couple of days of cardio during the rest of the week that doesn't require a gym.
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    May 11, 2012 2:34 AM GMT
    Three days a week is all I ever workout, not including the occasional 30-60 minute walk with my dog on "off" days.
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    May 11, 2012 2:37 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidThree days a week is all I ever workout, not including the occasional 30-60 minute walk with my dog on "off" days.



    He's talking about 3 days IN A ROW.
  • SwimBIkeRun94...

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    May 11, 2012 2:45 AM GMT
    Would be good to at least get in a run while on the road.
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    May 11, 2012 5:39 AM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    paulflexes saidThree days a week is all I ever workout, not including the occasional 30-60 minute walk with my dog on "off" days.



    He's talking about 3 days IN A ROW.
    Sometimes I workout 3 days in a row. Sometimes I spread the three days further apart. It depends on how sore I am the next day.
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    May 11, 2012 5:52 AM GMT
    Yeah, but I say do an upper lower split as someone else mentioned or a push pull split if you don't want to work your lower body.
  • xysx

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    May 11, 2012 6:20 AM GMT
    I work 12 hr days often 3 or 4 in a row, When I finish, not only do I have zero energy or motivation to workout but I feel it only makes a person prone to injury and incorrect form when so tired. So, Yes, I work out on my days off, sometimes twice a day, to catch up. Key has been to totally focus on form & diet, adjusting my calorie intake based on workout day's needs vs. non workout day's caloric needs, as well as not "doubling up" on body parts..Morning cardio & legs, afternoon, Tits & Tri's, Next day, Back & Bi's OR Isolated shoulders,& core.
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    May 11, 2012 6:25 AM GMT
    As long as you are not doing resistance training for the same muscle groups on consecutive days, this is fine. You gotta do what you gotta do to get your time in. On that schedule I'd recommend a full-body workout, followed by a cardio-only day, followed by another full-body workout.
  • UFJocknerd

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    May 11, 2012 8:15 PM GMT
    Depends what the OP's goals and plans are, but I'd say this:

    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidHym...I personally would not be comfortable with this. But maybe there is some scientific data to either support or negate this approach.

    Since I like to incorporate powerlifting moves I don't believe that I can get the most from my workouts while training three days consecutively. But I have never tried it.

    Is it not possible to relocate to where your job is? That would be something I would consider.

    Or maybe look around for cheap gyms and join one in each location. Sometimes you can barter with the front desk and explain your situation. You can tell them you'll only be there on certain days due to job and traveling. Maybe they'll work out a deal with you.


    is spot on. I'd not lift heavy three days in a row in any case. If there were NO alternative I'd probably do 1 - upper bod, 2 - active rest, 3 - lower bod.

    If OP's not lifting heavy some split like 1 -Chest/arms, 2 - legs, 3 - back/shoulders might be reasonable.
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    May 11, 2012 8:18 PM GMT
    Make sure you give your body time to rest
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    May 11, 2012 8:19 PM GMT
    I don't think there's a problem with doing three days in a row. I'd be way more worried about four days off. I think you should figure out a way to do something during those four days. That just seems like too much time off between periods of work.