Having a weekly training schedule organizes training days to ensure that you’re working each muscle group, each skill or whatever your goal is, with enough frequency for results, while also preventing overtraining. If you’re broke or have a limited budget and can’t have a personal trainer write you a routine, I created the below sample weekly schedule for you.
In order to make your own custom schedule, you’ll need to consider not just training days, but recovery days. Recovery = growth and progress. Below are general guidelines for muscle recovery. These guidelines can vary based on your goal and skill level.
Recovery days needed between workouts (guidelines are based on strength workouts):
1-2 days rest after training small muscle groups: arms, abs, calves (example below)
Mon: shoulders & triceps, Tues: legs,
Weds: chest & biceps, Thurs: off,
Fri: back & abs, Sat: off, Sun: off
3-5 days rest after training larger muscle groups: back, hamstrings, overall legs (example below)
Mon: legs, Tues: off,
Weds: chest & biceps,
Thurs: glutes and calves,
Fri: back & abs, Sat: shoulders & triceps, Sun: off
Sample Weekly Workout Schedule:
Tuesday: morning cardio – legs in evening
Wednesday: off/optional cardio day
Friday: morning cardio – glutes/abs in evening
Sunday: off/optional cardio day
The preceding schedule follows the recovery rules above, creating an environment for muscle development and toning. Don’t forget to chase each workout with good nutrition for optimum recovery.
MEET SYLVIA PETRO — THE BROKE, FIT SINGLE MOM: As an athlete of over 15 years, and a broke single mom for most of that time, I created this site to aid not only broke single parents to a life of fitness, but anyone who believes the road to fitness requires a lot of cash or time. In reality, the road to fitness is paved with knowledge and firm principles; informing readers about mastering both of those building blocks is my goal.