How many times do you work out a week? Why?

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    May 22, 2010 12:30 PM GMT
    How many times a week do you work out and why? Do you train the same discipline every day? Are you training a skill, endurance, or a look? Is it for psychological relaxation/release or do you train only what is optimal physically?

    At the moment I train traditional pilates 5 days a week for about 2 hours, and the other two days 10-15 mins. This amount of training is for a combination of physical endurance, strength and how I look comes as a result of being stronger. I am doing no lifting at all and haven´t for 5 months. Total 10-12 hours a week.

    I used to train 6 days a week for an hour, and there was a stronger element of psychological release, but physically found that more tiring in the long run. 3 days lifting, 3 days pilates. 6-7 hours a week.

    For a while (about a year) I trained kungfu 7 days a week for an hour.

    Before that it was 6 days a week triathlon, with a mix of swim, bike, run and yoga. Often I trained two times a day, total 15-20 hours a week.
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    May 22, 2010 12:37 PM GMT
    I currently workout 2-3x/wk. The reason for the low number is the intensity of the workouts, and the fact that I'm not in a hurry to make gains...though gains are still being made slowly.

    As for cardio, I also do that 2-3x/wk for about 30-60 minutes. My fav is power walking with a 20 lb conditioning vest and 20 lbs of ankle weights (10 lbs each ankle).

    I tend to stick with 10-12 week cycles, then take 2-3 weeks off. Funny thing is, most of the progress shows on the "multi-scale" (BF%, BMI, muscle mass, weight, etc) toward the end of the off weeks.
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    May 22, 2010 2:19 PM GMT
    1-2 So I look hot.
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    May 22, 2010 3:15 PM GMT
    I'm in the gym 3-4 times per week, usually. I do stretching, a lot of ab work, and weights - often 10 to 13 sets (upper and lower body). I finish by doing one more set of 100 crunches. Then, I do cardio for 1/2 hour.

    I do pretty much the same routine I was taught by H20-polo coaches in college, with modifications. I feel great each and every time I come out of the gym.........and I still look o.k. for a guy in his 50's now. Why do I do this? Just to be doing something good for the body, and to keep looking / feeling good as I go through life.

    I used to swim laps on alt. days (1000 yards) and was in an advance nude Yoga class every week - but since I moved I haven't gotten back into these two areas yet in my new city here in CA.

  • Rush_

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    May 22, 2010 3:50 PM GMT
    I train six or seven days a week:
    Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat: Kung Fu
    Mon, Thurs, Sat: Capoeira
    Tues, Thurs: cardio class
    Sat: Power Yoga, Pilates (reformer)
    Tues, Thurs, Sat: weights
    Sun: long run

    It is a release for me and my martial arts are like meditation for me. They help me center myself and work through anything on my mind. The same goes for my runs. The weight training is in there to supplement and cardio class is just fun.
  • calibro

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    May 22, 2010 4:50 PM GMT
    6 days a week p90x style, but i lead a pretty active life so even on my day off i am still out and about
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    May 22, 2010 4:54 PM GMT
    Generally five days a week in the gym, for 60 to 90 minutes in the morning depending on my time. Four of those days I do cardio for 20-30 minutes and the rest is strength training alternating target areas each day (legs, arms, shoulders, etc.). It's not too much of a burden since my gym's in my house.

    I do it because I've been both overweight and underweight over the course of my adulthood, and have never in my life been "in shape." I do it to look good as much as to feel good about myself. The change has been amazing, even though it's slow going.

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    May 22, 2010 5:10 PM GMT
    i do 5 days a week. its good for you to work out and i realized it tkes the same amount of time to get home if i leave rigth after work and sit in rush hour, or work out and get a shower and then drive home after rush hour. i figure if im getting home at the same time why not get a work out in
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    May 22, 2010 7:28 PM GMT
    Why work out? Years ago a friend of mine told me that if I like in-shape great looking guys, and if you want one, you gotta be one! Shallow I know but good advice..LOL...It did,and does,inspire me.
    I didn't start to work out until I was 37, and I don't obsess or consider myself a gym rat, but after 15 years, getting to the gym 4-5 times a week for an hour or so, something good is bound to happen. I no longer have the time or energy or desire to spend one session doing BOTH weights and cardio, so I switch. Hit each body party no more than once or twice a week, and at least 3 days of cardio, works for me. At age 52, happy where I'm at.
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    May 22, 2010 7:54 PM GMT
    I used to work out every other day.

    But then I heard from someone on the Innernets that you should work out 6 days a week, so I did.

    But then I heard from someone else on the Innernets that you should work out every day, so I did.

    But then I heard from my friend's brother's cousin's neighbor, who heard someone on the Innernets say that should work out multiple times a day, so then I switched to 12x per week.

    But then I heard...

    So now I never ever leave the gym. I'm typing this response on my crackberry, between sets, where I browse the Innernets and hear all sorts of other great advice.

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    May 22, 2010 8:16 PM GMT

    On task: why do you work out the number of times you do? I.e. do you know your goals and how to get there or are you just going through the motions with little idea of why?
  • Thegenuineart...

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    May 22, 2010 8:20 PM GMT
    I work out with weights 3-4 times a week I shoot for 5 but it never happends lol, I try to run or skateboard about 2-4 times a week for anything between 10-35 minutes, skateboard sessions are uusally longer though.

    I love the feeling of pumping weights, seeing results and getting bigger. Plus I love big muscular guys, who inturn usually want other big muscular guys
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    May 22, 2010 8:20 PM GMT
    But I picked those flowers all by myself!

    * pouts *
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    May 22, 2010 8:22 PM GMT
    haha... U no I luv u Wana, you masculine, manly man´s man. Just need to keep the bitches on task.

  • May 22, 2010 8:23 PM GMT
    I'm a triathlete, and I have a coach, so he pushed out a training plan every week on Training Peaks. It varies, depending on what races are coming up. Now I'm in Ironman training, so I bike 4 times a week, totaling about 140 miles currently, run 4 times a week, currently at 35 miles a week, and I swim about 6 miles a week, spread out over 4 sessions. I do strength and core training 3 times a week as well.

    Right now the reasoning is to be ready for Ironman, so the plan is based on bettering my time there, AND on my current capabilities.
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    May 22, 2010 8:30 PM GMT
    OK OK, I'll stay on topic...

    * swallows a fistful of anti-psychotics *


    I currently work out (meaning "lift") every other day, which works out to an average of 3.5096153846153846153846153846154 times / week.

    It's actually less than that, because I take a week off every 7 weeks or so.

    But sometimes it's more, cause I like to change things up frequently, so sometimes I'll work out 4 consecutive days, then take 2/3 days off.

    But I try to never work out over a sustained period for more than 4 days / week, because my body chemistry can't recover that fast, and I stagnate or lose ground.

    I find almost every guy who's not making progress is usually working out too much, cause they never pay attention to the 2/3rds of the equation which is rest and diet. Especially here on RJ, and especially with the youngin's who have a ton of nervous energy. With most guys like who don't want to understand the biomechanics of building muscle, it's one simple, dumb, and wrong rule: if 3x week is good, then 4x per week is better, and 5x per week is better than that, and 6x is...

    Thus my initial sarcastic post.

    So the non-sarcastic-but-lengthy-enuf-so-that-nobody-reads-it post is that I work out somewhat less than 3.5 times / week, looking at average behavior over a year, because I want to make sure I have enough recovery time.

    As for "non lifting" workouts -- I don't do those at the gym. In San Francisco, simply living here is a good workout (hills, stairs, bikes, no cars, etc.).

    I also like to nap a lot, so I'd much rather prevent the accumulation of any stored fat by controlling what goes in my mouth, versus some crazy bone-bashing cardio regimen to tortuously remove donuts after I've ingested them (I was born with less cartilage than "standard issue" so I work harder at preserving it for my old age, when I'll be happy just to move about without a walker).

  • lozano86

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    May 22, 2010 8:36 PM GMT
    5 days a week for 2hrs...We gotta stay consistent thats why. And change it up.
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    May 23, 2010 12:58 AM GMT
    gym 3 times a week, 2 or 3 groups of muscle per session
    running 4 times a week, 2 sessions devoted to intervals , the others fartlek, hills.
    mtbiking 3-4 times a week also.. half the time on technical trails, then fast rolling stuff.

    lately i've increased running time because i'm trying to bring down my 5k timings to 18'30" and it's not easy, stuck at 19'15" icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 23, 2010 1:31 AM GMT
    I train 6 days a week.
    I teach spinning class m-w-f at noon
    I swim on tues and thurs.
    M-W I teach an evening total body workout/toning class
    M-W-F afternoons I hit the weights and do some running on the treadmill because I am also training to run a marathon in Sept. Saturday is my long distance run day. icon_biggrin.gif
  • victor8

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    May 23, 2010 2:01 AM GMT
    i work with a trainer 3 x's a week and do additional cardio on the other days...sometimes hike sometimes walk the track or run the bleachers...sometime go to pilates plus...right now...i'm working with another trainer 2 additional days on functional training...which by the way....KICKS ASS!
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    May 23, 2010 2:19 AM GMT
    5-6 day a week, around 1.5 hours.

    I do it because I get all my frustrations of the day out and it makes me feel good - oh and look good too!
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    May 23, 2010 3:44 AM GMT
    When I was in my highest level of gymnastics, training was typically 18-22 hours week which was usually divided into 3-4-hour trainings across 6 days. Some weeks were more intensive than others depending if it was the competitive or off-season.

    Since quitting gymnastics about 3 years ago, I work out 5 days a week about 1-1.5 hours depending on the weather and how energetic I feel. I don't go to the gym because for me it's a wasteful expense. Plus I learned how to do a variety of exercises at home or outside without equipment since gymnastics conditioning was mainly like that.

    It took my body awhile to adjust and stabilize after leaving gymnastics. My body now is not as toned as it was during my gymnastics years, but overall, I'm happy with myself now. I feel "normal", haha.