How Often Should You Train?

We often get asked this question, especially from our new members. It really comes down to where you are in your fitness journey and what your future goals are. Here is a guideline for those who are unsure of how many training days they should be accumulating each week. 2 Days A Week: This should only be for those who are using these days as a supplement to training they are doing outside of the gym. Training two days a week by itself will not move most people forward to gaining better fitness. You will be barely maintaining where you are currently at. You are also not training enough to let your body adapt to the demands of Crossfit so you can expect to have more soreness than someone training more consistently. Lastly, you would be missing the majority of the classes which means less balance to your workouts. We program for 5 days a week with a partner finisher on Saturday. During those Monday to Friday workouts we are specifically targeting different muscle groups and energy pathways. You are missing a lot when only coming two days a week. 3 Days A Week: For beginners, this is a good place to start. A schedule like Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, will advance the beginner athlete and allow their body to absorb the workouts without over doing it. Most beginners are starting from scratch and it will take some time to adjust. Training more than this is absolutely fine as long as athletes are listening to their body and backing off the intensity if they are feeling compromised. On these days it's important to reduce the load and intensity. Treat it as an active recovery day! For the experienced athlete (around 3 months) we would suggest stepping it up. While for the beginner going from zero to three days a week will produce tangible results, the experienced athlete’s progress could be stagnating. The difference of going from three days to four, five, and even six days make a huge impact on improving fitness. The progress for these athletes moves exponentially faster because one, they are training more consistently, and two, they are better benefiting from the 5 days a week programming model we provide. 4,5, and 6 Days A Week As we have said earlier, when you are ready, this is the way to go if you want to take your fitness to the next level. You will be utilizing our full programming model and not missing the important skill work, strength training, or endurance sessions we offer from Monday to Friday. While training this consistently is highly recommend, you need to listen to your body. If you are feeling beat up or compromised, you need to back off by reducing intensity or taking a rest day when needed. Overtraining can derail your gains just as much as not training enough and will increase your chances of injury. The take away: more is better, up to a point. If you plan on stepping up your training start slow. Go from three to four, or five to six. Give it some time and reevaluate. And remember, every day does not have to be approached with maximum intensity!


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