Working out only 4 days per week? Program or individual workouts?

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    Working out only 4 days per week? Program or individual workouts?

    Hi! I wanted to start working out again, but since in-person lectures started again, I can only really fit in a workout on tuesdays, wednesdays and the weekend. Normally I'd start with "Foundation" but since this program is designed for working out every day I wondered if that would make sense when I can only really work out 4 times a week. Would it be smarter to just pick some workouts and follow these? If so is there something I should watch out for? Like working on a different body part per day? Thanks in advance!

    #2
    Originally posted by Toweitu View Post
    Normally I'd start with "Foundation" but since this program is designed for working out every day I wondered if that would make sense when I can only really work out 4 times a week.
    A 30 day program is a well structured and balanced workout that leads to a progression that ideally lasts 30 days but many train every other day or when they can.
    I always prefer to choose a program because it works better and is easier to follow than choosing individual workouts and structuring a training plan myself

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      #3
      The above advice is good.

      You first should define your fitness goals. These don't have to be extremely complicated, but you should at least have an idea what it is that you are trying to accomplish. This will help define what it is that you think that you should be doing. Do you want to generally increase your knowledge of fitness? Lose weight? Gain endurance? Build muscle tone? Even if you are approaching fitness as a complete novice, then it still gives you a point of reference to know how to build your workouts.

      Though they are not mentioned as much as some other resources on the site, there are training plans. Based off of having four days per week available, these look like they would be a better fit as they are mostly four days per week. There is nothing to say that you couldn't take the Foundation program and just do a day whenever you can manage and try to fit it to the Training Plan model. This has the benefit of taking the guesswork out of how to build your training. Failing that, you would be wise to revert to what your goals are and work towards that. Keep in mind though, that you should consider strength, endurance and mobility in your workouts and incorporate in each to some degree. I think that the schedule of the Workouts of the Day, on the home page, is such that it does this for you, to ensure that you are not putting yourself at risk of injury. So within reason you can also follow the workouts of the day.

      If you are going to structure your own training, I also recommend to start a Check-In Thread/Fitness Log. This will help you gain better perspective into what is working and what is not. In general check-in threads are a great tool anyway, and typically result in a lot better results from fitness.

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        #4
        i download all strength tone workout it takes me a day to edit some picture cause of extra credit๐Ÿ™‚

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