How often do you work out?

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    Sep 20, 2015 1:35 AM GMT
    Just curious, because I want to tone, but also kinda bulk up at the same time. Not sure if that is even physically possible, but might as well just ask.

    A friend of mine works out twice a day, but I don't know if over working out multiple times a day is good for toning, or bulking? I don't know, if anyone has any advice on this would be greatly appreciated.
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    Sep 20, 2015 1:21 PM GMT
    Not that I am anybody's ideal specimen of fitness but I try to do something everyday. Usually weights 4x a week and a moving-around kinda thing the other days, either a run, bike ride or paddleboard in season.

    If you are weight training multiple times a day I think you are probably not working yourself to fatigue/failure which could be self-defeating. I was taught to work muscle groups to failure and then give them time to rest (not work same muscle groups multiple days in a row).
  • jeepguySD

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    Sep 20, 2015 2:47 PM GMT
    I lift 5 days/week, dedicating a day to each major body part and rest days interspersed: arms, legs, rest, chest, back, shoulders, rest, in that order. My goal is to gain more muscle, and this seems to work for me. Based on what I've learned, toning and bulking each require different approaches to lifting weights and the two are mutually exclusive.

    If by "toning" you mean that you want to be ripped, then you probably want to do what most men do, which is bulk then cut -- that is, gain as much mass as possible, then cut body fat (hopefully without losing muscle mass), in alternating cycles.

    If by "toning" you mean that you just want a very tight body, without a lot of size, then circuit training and a lot of cardio should probably be your focus.

    Please keep in mind I'm not a trainer and don't consider myself qualified to be one. I'm sure there are other men on this site who can give you much more expert advice. Good luck achieving your goals.
  • Mitch1

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    Sep 20, 2015 5:22 PM GMT
    I weight train 6 days a week and finish with 30 minutes of cardio on three of those days. I started working out when I was 14, but I'm still learning, often through trial and error.

    If you can afford it get a trainer. If you can't do that read everything you can get your hands on and talk to other guys who work out. There's some good stuff online too but be prepared to read and hear a lot of contradictory approaches. What works for one man may or may not work for you. That's why the trial and error is unavoidable.

    Along with the training, you'll want to learn about diet as well. What you eat is a big part of it. If you eat badly you can undo even the best workouts.

    Be patient with your body because unless you are genetically unique, you will have good periods and bad ones and plateaus. Photographing yourself regularly can help keep you objective about your progress. Good luck.
  • vj2004t

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    Sep 20, 2015 9:21 PM GMT
    4 days a week with my work out partner. We go really intense for hour and a half. Really blessed to have such a great work out partner we really push and help out each other.
  • waccamatt

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    Sep 20, 2015 11:17 PM GMT
    Usually cardio 3-4 days a week and weights 2-3 days a week.
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    Sep 21, 2015 4:28 AM GMT
    Mitch1 saidI weight train 6 days a week and finish with 30 minutes of cardio on three of those days. I started working out when I was 14, but I'm still learning, often through trial and error.

    If you can afford it get a trainer. If you can't do that read everything you can get your hands on and talk to other guys who work out. There's some good stuff online too but be prepared to read and hear a lot of contradictory approaches. What works for one man may or may not work for you. That's why the trail and error is unavoidable.

    Along with the training, you'll want to learn about diet as well. What you eat is a big part of it. If you eat badly you can undo even the best workouts.

    Be patient with your body because unless you are genetically unique, you will have good periods and bad ones and plateaus. Photographing yourself regularly can help keep you objective about your progress. Good luck.


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    Sep 21, 2015 12:25 PM GMT
    vj2004t said4 days a week with my work out partner. We go really intense for hour and a half. Really blessed to have such a great work out partner we really push and help out each other.


    Jealous! Mine started having kids and now he's prone to flake.
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    Sep 21, 2015 6:51 PM GMT
    Working out twice a day is overkill. Rest periods are important for any workout routine. Do something high-intensity, combined with a smart strength (muscle-building) routine -- follow with 24 hours of rest then repeat with a focus on a different muscle group.

    Just my suggestion.

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    Sep 21, 2015 6:57 PM GMT
    If you can fit it in your daily schedule: According to professional Body Builders. You need to train five days a week, 1 hour in the morning then 2 hours in the afternoon. Of those five days, two should be for training legs, abdominals and cardio. The other three days, training arms, chest, core muscle and gaining strength. Two days of recovery are required, so the body can recuperate.
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    Sep 21, 2015 6:58 PM GMT
    Domino_dancer saidIf you can fit it in your daily schedule: According to professional Body Builders. You need to train five days a week, 1 hour in the morning then 2 hours in the afternoon. Of those five days, two should be for training legs, abdominals and cardio. The other three days, training arms, chest, core muscle and gaining strength. Two days of recovery are required, so the body can recuperate.



    Yes, that should get you ready for that major body-building competition you're working toward.

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    Sep 21, 2015 7:31 PM GMT
    David_Lauderdale said
    Domino_dancer saidIf you can fit it in your daily schedule: According to professional Body Builders. You need to train five days a week, 1 hour in the morning then 2 hours in the afternoon. Of those five days, two should be for training legs, abdominals and cardio. The other three days, training arms, chest, core muscle and gaining strength. Two days of recovery are required, so the body can recuperate.



    Yes, that should get you ready for that major body-building competition you're working toward.

    I love users who 'Quote' other users, it proves they are really 'Witless'. I suggest maybe a stick of Dynamite, then you can blow it out your ass!
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    Sep 21, 2015 7:41 PM GMT
    ^^^
    Calls people who quote other people "witless" while quoting said "witless" people.

    Mmhmm.


  • nicelyproport...

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    Sep 25, 2015 2:59 AM GMT
    I work out 3x per week: shoulder and triceps on monday, back and biceps on wednesday, chest on friday. on the other four days, i go for a 7-mile run.
  • Joboesanchez

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    Sep 25, 2015 4:00 AM GMT
    I have been lifting 4 days a week. I have two cycles I alternate that last about 60 minutes or so. Also, I run 4 days a week: 3 shorter runs (3-5 miles) and the last day I run 6+.
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    Sep 25, 2015 11:00 AM GMT
    jeepguySD saidI lift 5 days/week, dedicating a day to each major body part and rest days interspersed: arms, legs, rest, chest, back, shoulders, rest, in that order. My goal is to gain more muscle, and this seems to work for me. Based on what I've learned, toning and bulking each require different approaches to lifting weights and the two are mutually exclusive.

    If by "toning" you mean that you want to be ripped, then you probably want to do what most men do, which is bulk then cut -- that is, gain as much mass as possible, then cut body fat (hopefully without losing muscle mass), in alternating cycles.

    If by "toning" you mean that you just want a very tight body, without a lot of size, then circuit training and a lot of cardio should probably be your focus.

    Please keep in mind I'm not a trainer and don't consider myself qualified to be one. I'm sure there are other men on this site who can give you much more expert advice. Good luck achieving your goals.


    From what I have researched and learned from listening to others, this seems to be the most accepted. There are a few who can bulk with muscle and tone down the fat at exactly the same time but it is usually slim to none. Your body does not pick and choose what to grow and what to use.

    Your body does what it thinks is best to keep you alive in the wild. Fat is meant as emergency storage in case you starve and have no food. They wont use it if you are constantly supplying it with more food than it needs. Muscle is secondary to fat. What I mean is that your body would rather break down your muscle than to break down fat since fat gives more energy than muscle. They will sustain muscle enough that you can move and survive normally but any excess will be used up. Only after that will fat be used.

    SO Long story short. You Bulk and gain both mass and fat, telling your body that it wont starve and that extra muscle is needed for work. THEN you cut down your diet carefully and work out to trick it into thinking it is OK to keep your muscle but slowly whittle down the fat. The rest should be maintaining. This is why your diet is so important and why people find it hard to slim down or get rid of the excess fat. Your body is stubborn and it has a line as to what it is comfortable getting rid of and what it is not.

    EDIT: I try to work out 4-6 times a week but it has been hard getting my motivation back... You have to be careful about overtraining to. Which can lead to more complications. I think I heard somewhere that once a day is enough as long as you focus on a few muscle groups at a time and work to failure. With proper form of course.
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    Sep 26, 2015 7:26 PM GMT
    hm interesting. So in other words it's genetics if you can build muscle and cut fat at the same time. icon_confused.gif
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    Sep 26, 2015 8:25 PM GMT
    Talon saidhm interesting. So in other words it's genetics if you can build muscle and cut fat at the same time. icon_confused.gif


    Most likely. But you seem like a guy who probably has a fast metabolism so you should be able to tone down relatively quickly once you get to the mass you want. icon_smile.gif Cheer up you can do it!
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    Feb 26, 2016 11:19 PM GMT
    Talon saidJust curious, because I want to tone, but also kinda bulk up at the same time. Not sure if that is even physically possible, but might as well just ask.


    Those are two contrasting goals, unfortunately. In order to bulk you have to consume a lot more food than you can imagine, but that will destroy any attempts at leaning out. Conversely, to lean out you have to go into caloric deficit, and that will destroy any attempts at bulking. I suggest starting with leaning out. Once you've reach your target (like visible abs or whatever your goal is), stop focusing on that and focus on bulking--but you'll want to do a "clean bulk" to keep lean.

    I lift 6 days a week for about an hour per session, and maybe do cardio once a week for about 30 minutes. Leaning out is less about cardio and more about what you're eating. You can do hours and hours of cardio, but you're not going to get leaner if you're eating pizza and burgers and fries everyday.
  • JasonnNM

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    Feb 28, 2016 12:59 AM GMT
    I also am confused about how often to work out.
    There's so much conflicting information!

    And I wish I knew what the best workout routine is.
    I'm trying doing a full body workout 3-5 times a week rn.

    Is is better to work out with a partner?
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    Mar 05, 2016 1:02 AM GMT
    JasonnNM saidI also am confused about how often to work out.
    There's so much conflicting information!

    The basics are: at LEAST 3-4 days a week. However, really you only need one rest day a week, if that.


    JasonnNM saidAnd I wish I knew what the best workout routine is.

    Best for what? What are your goals? Your routine will vary depending on your ultimate goal.

    JasonnNM saidI'm trying doing a full body workout 3-5 times a week rn.

    If your goal is to gain muscle, full body workouts are not going to be ideal--you're not going to be able to successfully exhaust every single muscle group sufficiently the way you would be able to if you were only focusing on one or two muscle groups a day. Maybe that's not your goal, though?

    JasonnNM saidIs is better to work out with a partner?

    Depends on the person. I HATE having to rely on anyone else. I used to have a workout buddy, and every time he was late or a no-show, that would murder my own motivation. If I go solo, I only have to rely on myself. And I don't have to worry about someone ruining my workout by taking really long rests between sets or whatever. But some guys can only get excited to workout with a buddy. It's up to you.
  • Hypertrophile

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    Mar 05, 2016 2:16 AM GMT
    One of the best forums on line for unfiltered bodybuilding information is professionalmuscle.com. It is run and populated by pro and nationally ranked amateurs and loaded with honest information. The main operator goes by Big A and I have been following his program for the last five weeks or so. For building, he recommends training three days per week on non-consecutive days, hitting each bodypart once per week. Sets are six to eight reps, and you do one set to failure for each exercise, after warming up with a couple of light sets of the first exercise for each bodypart.

    If you are indeed training to failure, which will stimulate strength and size gains, you really can't train any more than this or you'll overtax your body's ability to recover and rebuild. Advanced and/or chemically enhanced athletes can probably train more than this, but not much during bulking season. Two-a-days are more common during pre-contest prep.

    I have been making good gains on this program, though there have been others that I have had good gains on as well. My point is that there is no one program you should follow. Even if you find what works for you, it is probably only going to work for about six or eight weeks until your body adapts or worse you enter into an overtrained state. Either way you should then, IMO, take a week off and start up again with a new program.

    In terms of "tone", you're going to get toned no matter what. I think what you mean is to improve conditioning, which really is a matter of adjusting your diet until you start leaning out. You can do this while simultaneously bulking, but it takes a lot of attention to detail where your diet is concerned.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Mar 05, 2016 1:48 PM GMT
    I try to lift at least three times a week. Unfortunately I have been dealing with a nasty head cold so that has depleted my energy for the past week. I managed to workout twice this past week but it was very hard to get through the routines because of fatigue caused by cold medication. icon_sad.gif
  • JasonnNM

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    Mar 05, 2016 7:38 PM GMT
    jackedgamer said
    JasonnNM saidI also am confused about how often to work out.
    There's so much conflicting information!

    The basics are: at LEAST 3-4 days a week. However, really you only need one rest day a week, if that.


    JasonnNM saidAnd I wish I knew what the best workout routine is.

    Best for what? What are your goals? Your routine will vary depending on your ultimate goal.

    JasonnNM saidI'm trying doing a full body workout 3-5 times a week rn.

    If your goal is to gain muscle, full body workouts are not going to be ideal--you're not going to be able to successfully exhaust every single muscle group sufficiently the way you would be able to if you were only focusing on one or two muscle groups a day. Maybe that's not your goal, though?

    JasonnNM saidIs is better to work out with a partner?

    Depends on the person. I HATE having to rely on anyone else. I used to have a workout buddy, and every time he was late or a no-show, that would murder my own motivation. If I go solo, I only have to rely on myself. And I don't have to worry about someone ruining my workout by taking really long rests between sets or whatever. But some guys can only get excited to workout with a buddy. It's up to you.



    I want to gain muscle mass but not get huge.
    I want a lil more muscle in the legs and arms shoulders
    Sounds like a full body workout is the wrong thing but is it ok to just work the body parts I want to grow bigger??
    I had one training session at my gym when I joined and he pushed the full body workout idea on me
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    Mar 07, 2016 2:53 AM GMT
    Probably don't work out enough. Recently my schedule has been 6 on 1 off, but now that im finishing up grad school I dropped to 2 days on 1 day off icon_redface.gif