As a professional trainer there is one question that stands out, mainly because I hear it at least once a day. Everyone wants to know how often they should go to the gym to work out, and the answer I give can and frequently does vary. How often you go and work out at the gym usually depends on the results you are trying to achieve, your level of motivation, along with how much time you have free.
If you are trying to transform your body you will probably want to spend 5 to 6 days at the gym working out for 45 minutes or more, depending on your intensity level. The same is also true for strength training, while bodybuilders often need to be at the gym for several hours every day of the week. This is one of the reasons why I have the privilege of training many of the tourists that visit Gwangju each year.
For my clients that are looking to get in shape, lose weight and simply improve their overall health, I usually follow the guidelines that are listed in the Journal of Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism. Researchers found that you get the same healthy benefits regardless of how often you go to the gym as long as it totals 150 minutes per week. Remember this will be different if you are going for specific results like “6-pack abs” or a total body transformation. Before you start panicking on how you are going to fit 150 minutes of workouts into your busy schedule it should be noted that the 2.5 hours can be divided into almost any increment that you want.
This means you can spend a little over 20 minutes at the gym working out seven days a week or only 5 times if you can exercise for 30 minutes at a time. When my clients realize that they can create a time to exercise that fits their busy schedule they find that they are more likely to stick with their workout plan. This means that they can enjoy healthier lives, and this is what my job is partially about.
When it comes to how often you should work out at the gym, the best person to answer this question is you. Think about your schedule and the results you are trying to achieve, and then simply go from there. In today’s busy world you should feel proud of yourself if you do have the time to workout for 150 minutes a week.