Number Of Times To Go To Gym

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    Oct 22, 2012 7:32 AM GMT
    I only have access to the gym 4 days in a row. Is it bad to go and exercise 4 days in a row then take 3 days to rest and/or do cardio like running/swimming? I've heard that you need to give yourself rest between workouts, so I wasn't sure if one period of working out then one period of resting was very wise. Advice?
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    Oct 22, 2012 8:36 AM GMT
    I go almost everyday. But I work different muscle groups each time. This allows for the muscles worked on the previous day to recover while I work on something else. This is pretty much the concept of the split routine. If you did whole body workouts 4 days straight, you'd burn yourself out pretty quick. Your body just wouldn't have the time to recover.
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    Oct 22, 2012 12:48 PM GMT
    OneSongGlory saidI only have access to the gym 4 days in a row. Is it bad to go and exercise 4 days in a row then take 3 days to rest and/or do cardio like running/swimming? I've heard that you need to give yourself rest between workouts, so I wasn't sure if one period of working out then one period of resting was very wise. Advice?


    There isn't a magic number. It depends on your fitness goals, and what you put into it when you are there. I go six days a week because that's what works for me. I have a friend who is jacked and he goes three days a week.

    As long as you're eating right, using good form, and giving it your all when you do go, its all good.
  • squally

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    Oct 22, 2012 2:50 PM GMT
    Listen to your body is the best advice.
    I been working out 6 times a week and I feel fine because I switch muscle groups for each workout. Diet - Drinking protein or other supplements can help you recover faster(?). I drink protein and creatine daily and I believe it helps with my energy level.
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    Oct 22, 2012 3:02 PM GMT
    The gym is a good stress release for me so I go pretty much once a day; however, I definitely notice that I'm in better shape if I go less often and give my body time to recover.

    If your schedule only allows you access to the gym four days in a row and then nothing the other three, that's fine. Maybe lift three of the four days you have gym access and run or bike two of the days that you don't. Play around with it and figure out what feels right while still hitting your fitness goals.
  • calibro

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    Oct 22, 2012 3:48 PM GMT
    eleventy times a day!!!!
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    Oct 22, 2012 5:51 PM GMT
    there is nothing wrong in going to the gym everyday. i try to go everyday or at least 6 days a week, but i do different things everyday, mostly i enjoy cardio, so if i am swimming today then that's all i will do. and may be 2-3 days i will do weights in body pump class.
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    Oct 23, 2012 12:30 AM GMT
    squally saidListen to your body is the best advice. ...


    This.