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    Discussion in 'Training' started by Newstarter, Apr 3, 2018.

    1. Newstarter

      Newstarter Well-Known Member

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      Is there an optimal amount of time you should workout each week after which it is worthless putting in more hours? What is the balance between training days and rest days?

       
    2. Krishroger

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      I do training myself. But there don't have time limit set.
       
    3. MarkB

      MarkB Administrator Staff Member

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      You should not set yourself any time limits - especially in the early days - as this will take away some of the enjoyment. Set yourself long term goals and short term targets - just so you have something to aim for.

      As they say, if you dont know where the journey will take you, how do you know when you have reached your goal :)
       
    4. Kenington44

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      That's nice question. I even don't know much about this. Please give in details.
       
    5. Newstarter

      Newstarter Well-Known Member

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      I started with relatively low sets of exercises and started to build up as my stamina increased and I felt fitter. We are all different so it is dangerous to set time limits in stone - too much exercise increases the risk of injury.
       
    6. AllysAngels

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      This is really dependent on the individual, the goal and of course the nutrition. I see a lot of individuals over-training , spending hours each day slogging away, and not eating to reflect their efforts. This is a sure-fire way to cause injury and in fact hinder results. When constructing plans for my clients, I always implement minimum of 1 rest day, and sessions themselves are programmed to run no longer than 1 hour.
       
    7. MarkB

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      Aside from the obvious pain just before an injury, are there any ways your body will let you know that you are overdoing it?
       
    8. Jane Black

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      It`s up to you. If you feel you need a rest than you need to have a day off. And it is important not to train through pain. If you feel pain, you should make a pause and return later. Otherwise you can hurt yourself.
       
    9. Newstarter

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      Thanks for all of the feedback - I have heard people mention that if you hit the pain barrier it is time to stop.No pain No gain seems to be outdated now?
       
    10. Myjourney

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      In the early days I guess it is best to err on the side of caution and not push yourself to the limit, before you build up strength, stamina, etc as you might do more harm than good?
       
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