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'Training for Maximal Size' Frequency

In this program you have 3-4 workout days, and it says to workout as much as possible throughout the week (up to six times a week). The program wont be AS effective, but would it still be effective only doing it the 3-4 times a week (due to not having time to workout every single night). I’m asking this because you do so few exercises per workout.

[quote]howie424 wrote:

In this program you have 3-4 workout days, and it says to workout as much as possible throughout the week (up to six times a week). The program wont be AS effective, but would it still be effective only doing it the 3-4 times a week (due to not having time to workout every single night). I’m asking this because you do so few exercises per workout.[/quote]

One thing to consider, and it rarely gets brought up in articles like the one you posted, is that different people have different recovery abilities. Some people (especially if they are “assisted”) will be able to handle high frequency, volume and intensity. Others (even some that are “assisted”)will need to keep the frequency, volume or intensity low to be able to recover.

You’re going to have to experiment and find out what you can and cannot handle. Try the 3-4 times a week and see how you feel.

Can you continue to progress in weights used from week to week? Are you gaining mass? Do you feel constantly burnt out, or do you feel fresh?

If everything is good (adding weight to the bar every workout, gaining mass, feeling fresh), then you can handle the program. If you want to, try adding another workout during the week. Monitor yourself on that frequency and see how you feel. Then repeat process until you find your limit.

Another thing to consider though, is that as your strength increases, so will the strain that you are able to put on your body. In other words, even though 135 on the bench might feel heavy when you first start training, the amount of stress that you put on your recovery systems won’t be as great as 405 on the bench later on down the road.

So, as you progress in strength, you may need to decrease the frequency with which you train each muscle.