Originally Posted by Englandmj7
hmm, it is funny to see how many people weighed in saying that four days a week is too much. As someone who is of average muscular build (6' , 185 lbs.), and who constantly reads about training/health and works out excessively I can tell you that people who are in very good health train 5-6 days a week. This is not to say that with only 4 days a week you are not going to get great results.
If you want an excellent guide, in my opinion as well as that of a couple of my buddies who are bodybuilders, Arnold Schwarzenegger's book entitled "Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding" is the most thorough guide to understanding the workout and how to get maximum results for each body type. In general, you should be doing aerobic/cardio exercises 4-5 times a week for roughly 35-45 minutes, this includes brisk walks, bicycling, etc. If you want to see results lifting weights, you should be working out at least 4 times a week alternating muscles worked and generally doing ab workouts every time. My brother is a fitness consultant with the Marines and has been whipping my butt into shape my whole life! This book has helped me immensely. Also, don't feel afraid to approach someone at the gym whose physique you admire to ask them their training regimen, it is a good way to find a great workout partner!
All due respect, what works for Schwarzenegger is not going to work for everyone. I've been through this with trainers and seen it in action in my own workouts. I have to fight dearly to gain any weight at all, and if I lift four times a week, I will not see any gains
. It's only when I drop down to two, sometimes three days a week of lifting that I start to see any progression at all. Even then it's slow, but at least it's something.
So, I'm calling bullshit. What works for some people won't work for all people. There are plenty of health and bodybuilding resources that will tell you exactly what I've said--that for some people, four days of lifting a week will be overtraining (particularly if you're doing mostly compound exercises, like you should). If dusty is one of those for whom four+ days a week of lifting works, then great. If not, your advice could limit his gains. I had mine limited for a long time due to the very mindset you seem to have.