How Often Should I Workout to Build Muscle?

Like many of you, I am having a bit of a dilemma here. The question is how often should I workout to build muscle? I think I know what I am going to do, but before I get to that, here’s the big dilemma.

Should I lift weights 3, 4, 5 days a week? Should I do cardio workouts, or should I cut cardio altogether?

I am going to do some investigative work, and share with you my findings as to how often guys with buff bods actually workout.

A) Zak Bagans. 4 Days a Week.

Let’s start off by looking at Zak Bagans. As shown in the picture above, Zak Bagans has the body that most of us only dream of having, but how often does he workout to get that dream body of his?

As shown in the screen capture above, he works out only 4 days a week to build, and then maintain that buff body of his. Unfortunately, Zak doesn’t mention anything about cardio in this tweet, so I decided to tweet him another question.

I will let you guys know if I get a response from Zak, so be sure to bookmark this page to stay updated.

B) Taylor Lautner. 5 Days a Week.

When Taylor Lautner takes his shirt off in Twilight, girls around the world melt in their theater chairs. But how often did Taylor workout to get his muscular, werewolf-like physique?

So Taylor Lautner never works out more than 5 days a week, and he always takes every 3rd day off.

C. Jarrod. 5 – 6 Days a Week.

Jarrod is a buddy of mine that I went to school with. Like me, he used to be extremely thin. After not seeing him for 3 years, I ran into his body transformation picture above on Facebook. Damn, bro got buff. But how often did Jarrod workout to get this muscular build?

So out of everyone on this page, Jarrod works out the most, at 5 to 6 days a week, and is still getting amazing results.

D. You. ___ Days a Week.

Do you now know how many days each week you need to workout to build muscle?

Things They Have in Common.

  • They’re consistent with their training, diet, and recovery.
  • They eat more than enough calories to build muscle.
  • They allow rest before working out the same muscle group again, and they avoid over training.

Still confused?

It seems to me like there are multiple ways to build muscle. As long as you choose one of the correct ways, store enough calories, and rest properly, then you will make gains.

My best piece of advice for myself and you is to choose a number of days to workout and stick with it.

Base your caloric intake on the amount of days that you’re going to workout, and as long as you’re recovering properly, and getting in enough calories, you will build muscle.

Final Suggestions.

  • Workout 4 to 5 days a week.
  • Be sure to consume more than enough calories to build muscle.
  • Do 2, 20-minute sessions of cardio each week to keep off unsightly fat, while still having enough stored calories to build muscle.
  • Lift weights on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
  • Jog on Tuesdays and Thursdays.