Ideally, perform at least one strength training exercise for each major muscle groups 2-3 times a week.
Remember however, that 1 day of strength training is better than 0 days.
Your major muscle groups include your:
The actual number of days you strength train depends on how you split up your workout.
For example, you can perform:
- one exercise for each major muscle group 2 days a week.
- one exercise for each upper body muscle group 2 days a week and one exercise for each lower body muscle group 2 other days of the week.
- three different exercises each on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and repeat Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Create a routine that works for you. There is no right or wrong way to split up your workout. The important thing is to not to perform an exercise for the same muscle group two days in a row. Your muscles need time to recover.
About the Author
FitnessforWeightLoss.com was created by Stephanie Averkamp, a recognized health and fitness professional and sole-author of the content on this website. Stephanie's approach to weight loss emphasizes making small, realistic, and permanent lifestyle changes. Read more...
Our Approach: Short-term solutions (like dieting) are unrealistic and ineffective because at some point they end. As soon as a diet or program ends, so do the results. Permanent weight loss is a journey; it's not a race or competition and there is no finish line. Read more...