I get questions about workout consistency all the time. Potential clients often ask; How many days a week should I train? How much cardio do I need to be doing? How many days per week do I need to be doing something active?
The answers to these questions, while they may differ for some, are generally the same for everyone. Ideally, you should be working out with your trainer 3 days per week. Two times a week is the absolute minimum you need to see any kind of results. I tell my clients: The bigger the weight loss or fitness goal, the more often you should be training with me.
Let’s face it, no trainer can perform miracles. The real miracle is the transformation that the client is able to make within themselves. The more often you train, the easier it is to transform you body and most importantly your way of thinking.
On the days that you are not working with your trainer, you should be doing something active for at least 30 minutes a day. This can be anything from a brisk walk to a jog at the beach. You could also try taking a class at your local gym or save money by working out on your own on your days off from your trainer.
I suggest doing something active 6 days per week. If you are not doing the work on your own, you are wasting your money on a trainer (unless you can afford a trainer4 or 5 days per week like some of my clients.)
Do yourself a favor…don’t cancel sessions with your trainer. The more you cancel, the easier it is to fall off the wagon. If your trainer is periodizing your workout plan, canceling sessions can really mess up the current training cycle you are on. If you are canceling frequently, your fitness goals are not going to improve and each session is going to be like the first training session all over again. Remember how hard the first session felt?
So the point of this blog? Weight Loss is a lot of work. It takes 100% dedication and heart. If you only put in 50% or show up to every other training session, you are doing yourself and your trainer a huge disservice.
Stay positive. Keep motivated. Ask Questions.