How many days a week should you train?
How hard should you go in each session?
Let's pose some ideas below and thoughts on the matter and hopefully help guide you to a solution that works for... YOU.
Human #1: Sleeps 8+ hours a night. Eats a well-balanced diet that fuels their performance at work and in the gym and has done so consistently for months on end. Has a low stress environment and is generally happy with their work/life balance.
Training 5-6 days a week at the intensity prescribed in class workouts is doable for you. You can get away with minimal rest days following our programming. 3-4 days on with 1-2 days off would be ideal.
Human #2: Sleeps 6-8 hours on a good night. Generally eats well and has an understanding of how much protein, carbs, and fats they need to perform at the gym and in life outside of it. Lives a moderately stressful life with work demands and lifestyle demands that occasionally are mentally challenging.
Training 3-5 days a week is a good strategy. Ideally you would follow 2-3 days on, 1-2 days off with some active recovery. On higher stress days you may want to adjust the class workout if it's an intensity-based workout. (Bike sprints anyone?)
Human #3: You get 5-6 hours of sleep if you're lucky. You may toss and turn and wake frequently. You live a more stressful based lifestyle and might be struggling with happiness in your career or at home. Your diet is more about getting food in when you can and how you can.
Training 2-3 days a week is ideal with some active recovery days mixed in. You will want to consider making adjustments to the workouts as needed to accommodate how your sleep/diet is going and how much stress you are feeling. Having a rest day after a training day would do you good. 1-2 days on with 1-2 days off.
Here is something else to consider... We all can be a mix of humans 1-3. This is vitally more important to understand than sticking yourself in a category.
Life is full on uncertainty; it behooves us to be flexible with it...
...AND developing a plan and routine is important to make this a movement practice. (See last week's post for more!)
We will take a deeper dive into our nervous system soon to better help you understand ways we could approach our movement practice.
Remember, our goal is to provide you with a coaching experience, NOT just a workout.
Communicate with us if you need help! Speak to your coach on the floor or email me directly. We can help with your diet, sleep, and more. Focus on these areas along with your happiness/purpose and allow this movement practice to support your lifestyles outside of the gym.