This is another question that gets asked a lot and can have a huge impact on your results when trying to lose weight and gain muscle.

The answer is going to come down to what you are trying to achieve. If you are trying to lose weight, you need to take a different approach than if you were trying to build muscle.

Now, I’m not saying you can’t do both when working out. But, most people that are looking to build muscle are trying to gain size and I’ll talk about this in a little bit.

How Much Should I Work Out To Lose Weight

When trying to burn fat you will want to do more of a cardio type workout. This could be a program like Insanity that gets your heart rate up for most of the workout. This can also be done by doing a steady run on a treadmill or elliptical machine. You want to do some exercise that gets your heart rate up and helping to speed up your metabolism.

When doing cardio, you can pretty much do this 6 days per week. Give yourself 1 day off per week to rest and recover. Your muscles for the most part are not being totally ripped as if you were lifting weights. These workouts should last for at least 40 to 60 minutes depending on your fitness goals.

Of course your diet will also play a major role in those results too. You can read my Get Ripped Diet if you want to see the nutrition plan I used to lose over 18 lbs in 60 days.

How Much Should I Work Out To Build Muscle?

This is probably another mistake lots of people are making and I totally see why. Everyone thinks the more I workout, the bigger and stronger I will get.


When lifting weights at any level, whether trying to add muscle mass or just tone up a little…our body needs rest to recover. If you never give your muscles time to repair…they will never have the chance to get stronger and add muscle.

Now, everyone recovers differently, but I personally like to follow the same format as in P90x. You basically start out with weight training 3 days per week. (Monday-Wed-Friday) Then the days in between are for light cardio type routines and yoga. This way you are allowing the muscles\ to repair fully before ripping them again.

I know as humans we want results FAST! But…I’ve learned that working out is a lot like running a marathon. You need to run Slow and Steady and you will reach the finish line.

Remember…listen to your body. If your lifting weights and your muscles are still very sore, you probably need another days rest to fully recover that muscle group.

I hope this post has helped you realize that there’s not a one size fits all answer. And sometimes following a fitness program like Insanity or P90x allows you to take the guess work out and stick to a plan.

Listen To Your Body

Lastly…Don’t think about it to much. Start or continue to workout and listen to your body for the answers.

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