JP Mullowney
JP Mullowney

Whether you are just beginning on your journey to better health and fitness or you are already well on your way, at some point you have likely wondered, “How many workouts per week do I need?”. A quick Google search will tell you that you need 150 minutes of moderate activity per week. This however will likely lead to more questions than actual clarity. Thankfully, by the end of this article you will be well equipped and able to determine how many workouts per week you need.

The Facts

  1. The number of workouts you need per week is based on your goals and your training experience.
  2. Research suggests that the minimum number of workouts per week which you should do to see results is two.
  3. With that in mind though, exercise and results share a dose response relationship! To see continued results, you must continually challenge yourself! This involves increasing the frequency (and intensity) of your training at certain training milestones (see point 1 below).

The Science

  1. In the most recent version of ”Essentials of Strength Training and Condition”, the NSCA recommends that to see continual results, beginner trainees (<2 Months) should train 1-2 times per week, intermediate trainees (2-6 months) should train 2-3 times per week while advanced trainees (>1 year) should train 3-4 times per week.
  2. In a study conducted by McLester et al. (2000), the authors found that 3 training sessions per week produced significantly greater increases in lean body mass (muscle) and strength than 1 training session per week.
  3. Another study by Kraemar and Ratamess (2004) suggests that 2-3 days per week are necessary to see improvement while 1-2 sessions per week are necessary to simply maintain existing training adaptations. The authors note though that when the object of training is continual improvement, 4 days is better than 3 which is superior to 2 which produces more improvement than 1.

The Take Home Message

Training frequency can be a confusing topic. There are many differing opinions and many different training programs which have proven successful.The single most important factor is that the training frequency fits you. Specifically, your training experience, goals, needs, and availability. If you are not sure if you training the appropriate number of times per week, or you feel that your results have begun to stagnate, please ask Jon, Danica, or myself for tips and suggestions on how you can continue to see improvement from your training routine.

If we have not had the pleasure of training you at JKC and you feel like you could use that extra push to be your best self, please see our Services Page for more information about joining the JKC Family.

Prepared for the JKC blog by Coach Thomas.

Photo credit: JP Mullowney

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I had always wanted to start lifting weights and get stronger, but didn’t know where to start. I was looking not just for a gym, but for training on proper technique to prevent injury and a program designed for my specific goals. I also wanted a fun and supportive atmosphere to keep me coming back. JKC delivered on all of this and more.

Jon and Thomas have a wealth of knowledge that help their clients get the most out of their time in the gym. Programs are continuously modified to keep the workouts challenging. Even through everyone’s program is unique, you always have the coaches and other clients cheering you on and pushing you to achieve new bests.

I’ve been weight training on and off for years but never really had a specific goal or target in mind so routinely stalled out, plateaued or stopped training all together. Before I joined JKC I was definitely in a fitness slump and needed something to motivate me and get me back on track. I did a bit of digging online, looking at various personal training options and gyms around town but JKC seemed like the best option by far. I’ve tried big box gyms and other personal trainers in the past but none of them have had the perfect combination of goal specific fitness programming, welcoming and supportive environment, and the knowledge and passion to back it all up that you’ll find at JKC. Jon and Thomas are great to work with, they know how to motivate you if you’re having an off day and are well versed in all the different ways to make your muscles burn! I also have noticed some major improvements in my deadlifts since I started with JKC and was really happy with the result.

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I had tried JKC based on the recommendation of a parent of one of my students. I originally started by attending Saturday drop in classes. I was hooked. I decided to join full time when I I had taken a year off from teaching and it was the best thing I have done for myself.

First and foremost the trainers at JKC are extremely knowledgeable. I feel like they are as dedicated to my success as I am. The workouts are tailored to me, my skills and my goals. This is important. Jon and Thomas truly want the best for their clients no matter what level of fitness they are starting from. I also like being able to book a session at a time that suits my schedule. This also helps keep me accountable. Once the session is booked I am not likely to cancel!

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I started training at JKC in 2016 because I had built up a number of muscle imbalances from old injuries and activities like rock climbing which had led to some really bad posture and mobility issues. On top of that some friends had convinced me to sign up for a half-ironman. Working with Jon and Thomas was a way to pull my body back into alignment and make sure it wouldn’t fall apart during my race. The staff at JKC pride themselves on continuously advancing their knowledge, which leads to new and inventive way to address problems, old and new. I got my Dad to start training here and recommended JKC to all looking to improve their strength and fitness.

I had signed up for other gyms in the past and never went or rarely went. Something always got in the way or I was just too tired and lacked motivation to go. This way I’ve made a commitment to Jon or Thomas and I try very hard to keep my sessions once I’ve booked in. JKC is different from other gyms that I’ve tried in the past because no one is there to be “seen”. We are all there to get a good workout in and go on with our lives. And it’s a small gym so you get to know everyone and it’s like a big family. When I joined JKC, I couldn’t do a chin up with an elastic band, but I’ve slowly worked up to 10 free hanging chin ups. That was big because I hate chin ups.

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