Training tips for the Fabulous 40s: Training frequency

We know that maintaining muscle mass is a very powerful way to keep your body younger and stronger, even after you turn 40.

We know that the right way to build muscle mass, is to engage in weight or resistance training. But the question now is, how often?

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This will differ from one person to the next, since it depends on each person’s unique ability to recover from the demands of exercise. But most people should aim for three to four training sessions a week, to start seeing results. Once a gym-goer is fitter and stronger and recovers more quickly, they can accommodate up to five or six sessions a week.

Take note, however, that training more frequently would require split routines rather than a full body workout in order to give the body parts worked time to rest and recover. Avoid training a specific body part more than two days in a row to allow for proper recovery, and only work each body part every 4-7 days.

It is also important to give yourself sufficient rest to give your nervous and endocrine systems time to recover.

You don’t have to live in the gym to achieve the body you desire either, as growth takes place while you rest. So more is not always better. Training smarter is!


Author: Tanja Schmitz

Co-Publisher at Maverick Media and until recently, Fitness Magazine editor. Tanja now manages multiple digital platforms, consults and create exciting campaigns and opportunities in the fitness industry. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.