How often should a bodybuilder train?
“What is the best training split to use?” It’s the most popular question in bodybuilding. I often laugh when I hear this, because any training schedule can work if you are committed and you work hard. It truly comes down to one thing: Finding the one that works best for you.
If you want to know how many work days per week to build into your training program, ask yourself: “How many days do I have available to train?”
The fact is different training programs benefit different people. And there isn’t one single best program. Any of them can work the best for you if it fits into your schedule and you follow it consistently. Besides, the training program you choose isn’t all that important. It’s not going to make or break your effort.
Some people may be surprised to hear this, but the bodybuilder’s journey begins with his contest preparation diet. That’s the most important part of the whole process and why I devoted a large chunk of the beginning of this book to nutrition. Training falls a distant second place to strategic dieting. This fact is probably why there is a big difference between those who call themselves bodybuilders, yet never will compete, and those who are bodybuilders.
My strong advice to you is this: Put your greatest effort into following the nutrition program to a T. Then, for your workout, examine your life and figure out which of the training splits best fits with your schedule.
In the 24–week training splits that I will outline for you on the following pages I’ve described three weekly training splits to accommodate different lifestyles and schedules. Each uses a traditional bodybuilding format and traditional training methods. I’ve used all three different splits and even a 6- day schedule with success. Find the program that works for you and put all your intensity and effort into every workout. Also don’t forget about the nutrition, some of the nutrition products you can find here.