Weightlifting 5 Times A Week
(San Antonio Tx)
Question: Weightlifting 5 times a week... Okay I'm just a random dude here trying to bulk. I'm 16 and started 1 month ago.. I have gotten great results so far.
I've been training 3 times a week full body.. I wanted to know how long would I have to wait to train 5 times a week or more?
I read a lot that working out 1 or 2 muscle groups for 1 day each can lead to better muscle growth. But I also have read even more people that started off working out 5 times a week supposedly over train because their body hasn't gotten used to it.
I want to start training 5 times a week but I don't want to over train. How long will my body take to start being able to handle this many days of training a week and still be able to grow from it?Answer:
It's best to stick with 3 days a week when you are just beginning, and are working the entire body.
After the phase of training the entire body 3 times a week, move to a phase where you are training 2 muscle groups 3 or 4 times a week.
Full body workouts are meant to get your body used to the demand. After a few weeks/months of training the full body 3 times a week, make it more challenging by devoting more attention to only a few muscle groups per workout, 3 or 4 times a week.
With the training style of devoting more attention to only a couple muscle groups in any given workout, you won't need to train 5 times a week.
If you feel you are ready to make your workouts more challenging, split your routine to look something like this: (example only)
Chest and abs
Legs and shoulders
You'll gain more size by letting the muscles recuperate.