It’s a sunny, beautiful Wednesday morning, so you know what? Go ahead and take the day off.
BUT, the day off only comes on the condition that you’ve been putting in the work.
Here’s the deal…
I get this question all the time, “Should I work out every day?”
And while I appreciate the enthusiasm, the answer is almost always…NO.
In most of our training programs, we keep the workouts to 3 days per week of full-body strength training routines. In other words, we don’t do a day for arms, a day for legs, a day for shoulders, etc.
We train our entire bodies with a steady dose of compound movements like:
The exercises we meticulously choose (thank you Tony Soiab for being a programming genius) have a huge advantage over others…they train multiple muscle groups at once.
In spite of what the BS products out there will tell you, nobody has uncovered a more efficient strategy for building strength and promoting fat loss.
To make my Mom and Dad proud, and to prove it wasn’t a waste of $$$, lemme get back to my physical therapy school roots to help explain:
Muscles are broken down during a workout.
When you introduce resistance like dumbbells, barbells, bands, or bodyweight, they tear (in a very good way on the micro level). And become weaker.
The 24-48 hours after training is when your muscles kick into survival mode. And grow back stronger to prepare for the next resistance.
That is why we don’t train the same muscles every day. We need to give them a chance to grow back stronger before we break them down again.
So, if you’re doing the math, 2-3 days of strength training means you have 4 or 5 days to rest and do nothing, right?
They are “rest” days. NOT “cheat” days. NOT “couch potato” days. And certainly NOT “stop moving” days.
Take a long walk. Do your Daily Motion routine. Ride your bike, etc. Netflix will still be there when you’re finished.
Your “rest” days can be just as important as your workout days.
That is why we purposefully map out each day of your month in the 18STRONG Membership. No guessing. No “is this right?” You just simply follow the proven formula.
Your #1 Fan,
PS – I know we all feel like we need to be in a Nike commercial sweating like a pig to get results, but don’t be fooled. The shredded guys are doing the same active recovery on days they’re not lifting.
Give your muscles a break. They’ll thank you on the course later.
If you’re looking for a mapped out program that shows you exactly what to do, then I highly recommend you check out the 18STRONG Membership. And find the training program that aligns with your current goal(s).