How often should you be training? It’s a question you have to deal with right off the bat and can be a deciding factor in whether you stick with your exercise routine.
The simplest place to start is balancing up something you can sustain with maximal effectiveness. The easiest way to make your routine stick is to enjoy it – which often comes from a balance between challenging workouts and effective rest.
We like to start with 3 workouts, potentially 4 depending on your schedule, and a few hours of time per week.
The simplest way to make progress is to train as often as you can with sufficient rest. The science tells us that frequency doesn’t matter too much as long as you’re getting a similar amount of “volume”.
The point is that, once you’ve equated volume, the key is to maximise recovery time and effectiveness. Thus, the key to getting a great workout routine is getting as much effective volume as possible during rested times.
As a beginner, we recommend starting at 3 sessions per week and adjusting based on how much you’ve got left in the tank or reduce your volume if you’re not progressing.
There are no hard and fast recommendations here – it’s about starting with a good baseline and adjusting to find what suits you best.