How many times a week do you exercise ?

(55 Posts)
shaketheshame Tue 20-Nov-12 14:02:50

I have just started a new gym regime yesterday. A personal trainer made me a plan. I'm supposed to go this plan 3 times a week.

If I add a couple of classes (spin, body tone etc) and a 1 or 2 5k run in the mix, do you think I'll see some results ? I'm 2 stones overweight and 34 years old.

I'd like to hear from you !

ElongChainOfFairyLights Tue 20-Nov-12 14:08:41

So does that mean you would be doing up to 6 things a week? (3xPT plan, 2 classes, 1 run?)

I managed to lose 2 stone and during that time did 4 'things' a week: two classes, one gym session of up to 45 mins, and one 'outdoors' thing at the weekend like a bike ride, a long walk, tennis etc.

shaketheshame Tue 20-Nov-12 14:17:30

Well for example, yesterday I did an hour session of gym. Tonight I was thinking of doing Zumba for an hour or 30 shred at home. Tomorrow I have a body conditioning class for half an hour plus maybe an hour gym session (I'm off tomorrow). Thursday, maybe a run. Friday off.

Saturday, spin class. Sunday run.

I'm all over the place at the moment, I have started the gym 2 weeks ago and I love going...

Well done on the 2 stones lost, I have lost a stone since the beginning of the year thanks to running but I'm really struggling at the moment because I eat too much crap. So my plan is to use myfitness plan and loads of exercise. My target is to lose 2 stones by may 2013.

vodkaanddietirnbru Tue 20-Nov-12 14:19:59

I go 3 days a week - tuesday is Body Pump, thursday is Zumba and LBT (metafit style!) and friday is either Body Attack or Powerhoop. I dont like the gym much so tend to go to classes instead.

shaketheshame Tue 20-Nov-12 14:28:03

I'd like to have a schedule too but it's hard.

dinkystinky Tue 20-Nov-12 14:29:53

5 to 6 times a week on average - 1 or 2 pilates classes, one or 2 body combat classes, a gym session and a boxing/kettlebells session

Though I only saw weightloss happening when I was doing 8 or 9 times a week

typicalvirgo Tue 20-Nov-12 14:32:38

Thats why I cancelled my gym membership.

I hate the commitment, have to do this at 10am, this at 6.30pm etc

Now I just go for a run 3 to 4 times a week and those days I dont run, I just take the personal trainer dog on a walk. I prefer it this way - more spontaneous

shaketheshame Tue 20-Nov-12 14:44:07

Dinky - how did you manage to do it 8 or 9 times a week ??

typi - during the nice weather I was doing the same as you but I have lost a bit my modjo regarding the became bring hence why I have joined the gym.

chinley Tue 20-Nov-12 14:49:24


I've been to the gym once this month.

kaumana Tue 20-Nov-12 14:58:52

I go to classes 3 to 4 times a week, I don't really bother with the gym as I find I put more effort into the classes. In regards to weight loss as my GP friend says it's 80% diet 20% exercise so don't look for the exercise to make a huge difference.

naughtymummy Tue 20-Nov-12 15:05:07

Wow at 8/9 times a week. I do running (5k) 2-3 times , bike 1-2and 1X pilates. So 5 on average. It depends what "counts" tho. Went ice staking with dcs at the weekend, would you count that ?

shaketheshame Tue 20-Nov-12 15:08:24

Any exercises will count naughty, like the walk to the corner shop in order to get an m&ms bag ! On a serious note, I'm really impressed by what I have read...I work 8 till 6 so I find it hard to always be on time for the evening class but will try to stick to a realistic plan.

notyummy Tue 20-Nov-12 15:09:07

5 or 6 times a week. Don't belong to the gym - DH away a lot and a long work commute means I would rarely have the time or opportunity. Instead I do (hard) workout DVDs (have a selection of weights at home) plus running. I also have a cross trainer that i use when I can't get out to run. Sessions range from 30 mins upwards, depending on how much time I have available.

dinkystinky Tue 20-Nov-12 16:44:02

Shake - Bodycombat monday lunchtime, zumba monday evening
Circuits Tuesday morning, Pilates Tuesday lunchtime
Pump or pilates Wednesday lunchtime
Gym session Thursday morning, Bodycombat Thursday lunchtime
Friday - pump or spin or day of rest
Saturday - day of rest or run or yoga
Sunday - kettlebells/boxing

Mixing it up worked well for me and squeezing in sport before work and over lunch helps. Then bust my knee falling downstairs, told cant run again - so running and spin (which jars my knee rather) are out - so down to 5 or 6 times

notyummy Tue 20-Nov-12 21:56:37

Bloody hell dinky. That is hardcore. There is no way I could take enough time at lunch in my job to exercise everyday unfortunately. You are lucky!

Twice a week Crossfit, if weather is up for it a surf/paddle/kite once a week. I would do more if I had the time!

shaketheshame Wed 21-Nov-12 08:07:34

Dinky - wow simply wow...with the nature of my job I cant take long lunch break but anyway if I'm honest I don't think I will exercise as much as you...My, you must be superfit !!!

drownin - what is crossfit ?

DorsetKnob Wed 21-Nov-12 08:19:35

I walk to work and back weather permitting, 5 days a week, from the car park, it is just under 1.5 miles each way.

Bonsoir Wed 21-Nov-12 08:20:49

I walk everywhere! And fast! That's hours and hours of fast walking every week, several times a day.

dinkystinky Wed 21-Nov-12 08:49:13

I was superfit and had the bodyfat percentage of a professional athlete when I did that amount of exercise. I work in the city and take 55 minutes for lunch (2 min walk to gym, 45 min class, 2 min shower) and tend to work fairly long hours so the time out for exercise is my me time. Now doing 5 or 6 slots a week - and cutting out all the hardcore stuff apart from gym/kettlebells and boxing - I am merely fit but slightly overweight.

TheWombat Wed 21-Nov-12 08:54:30

I think you'll see great results in your fitness levels and look more toned - but I agree with others that diet is the key to losing weight.

notyummy Wed 21-Nov-12 11:01:18

The problem is that I already have to spend 2 to 3 hours commutting and driving between meetings a day. Leave the house at 6am and return at around 6pm (with further work in the evening when bath and bed are done.) If I took an hour at lunchtime rather than working through and checking my emails then I wouldn't be home until 7pm and would have less than an hour a day with dd (leave the house before she is up in the morning.) I do like to exercise and think I am pretty fit - plus have no problem with the concept of carving out some time for myself - just really can't see it happening in my average working day unfortunately. I imagine you live slightly closer to work Dinky so you could fit it in and see kids. Impressive.

Needabitofsunshine Wed 21-Nov-12 13:18:00

Whatever you can commit to and maintain long term is the only way. Losing weight is almost all about what you eat, changing you body shape & body composition is more to do with exercise.

As a trainer, I workout hard 5 times per week but obviously do more small portions of exercise along with clients. I am super-fit but not hardcore low body fat because I eat too much and drink too much wine smile

Do your 3 times per week with the trainer (as you'll work harder and more efficiently), then make your real life more active. Can you increase walk/bike to work etc? Add in more exercise sessions slings long the way as you build up stamina. Rest is important too, as is lifting HEAVY weights. If you're doing that right, you'll be great with 3/week for now. Think long term!

Needabitofsunshine Wed 21-Nov-12 13:19:10


doyouwantfrieswiththat Wed 21-Nov-12 13:19:56

does mumsnet count as exercise?

Ronby Wed 21-Nov-12 13:23:09

That's a lot of exercise in one week, I'm not sure you will be able to do it for long. Losing weight is done more successfully by reducing calories, whereas exercise will tone you up. I personally only do about 2-3 classes per week but that keeps me fit and feeling good.

shaketheshame Wed 21-Nov-12 15:45:42

Thank you for your advice needabitofsunshine..Unfortunately, I can't pay a pt but I hope next year ! However, one did me a great program which I cant be bored with as it varies..exemple : On monday, I did some cross training then some resistance machine aimed especially at my arms then abs. Tonight I'll go on the treadmill then do resistance machine aimed a bit more a the legs then abs...

I think I'm not going to go crazy...I'm going to watch what I eat and exercise but not everyday.

naughtymummy Wed 21-Nov-12 15:58:23

Good for you. I find the pounds drop off when I give up/cut back on the old vino.

shaketheshame Wed 21-Nov-12 16:13:42

I have to be honest, I did a lots of running/zumba etc..but I have ruined all my efforts by eating a family bag of m&ms/maltesers..etc pretty much every night..with this out of the picture almost completely I think I'll get somewhere ! With the right mindest I'll manage to find a balance between sensible eating and exercise !! This thread is really useful !!

Needabitofsunshine Wed 21-Nov-12 20:37:15

Ahh, got the wrong end of the stick! Yes, nixing the sweetie munching will do the most good - v hard though!

SpinningBirdKick Thu 22-Nov-12 10:38:28

I train 6 days a week- about 15 hours in total.
Admittedly, as I teenager I was quite a high level in gymnastics (and was made to do it by parents) so I'm used to training everyday.

Mondays- Circuit training 1hr, then core/yoga til I get bored
Tuesdays- Swimming 1hr then triathlon swimming for 1hr
Wednesdays-Circuit training 1hr, then core/martial arts til I get bored
Thursdays- Weights/Bodyweight 2hr
Friday-day off
Saturday- 10 mile run then 2hrs Tae Kwon Do (tbh, black belt so expected to put the hours in)
Sunday- 2 hrs weights/core.

I must stress that please don't think I want to be smug- I really do enjoy training. I've found that is the key- I HATE spin (don't know why as it's a great workout) so I tend to stick to what I enjoy, but everyone else saying that diet is 80% of it are right- cut out as many carbs as you can (I found that having a "1 carb meal a day" mantra worked wonders for me- I lost 2 stone of fat in 2 months doing that).....
Enjoy yourself but don't get hung up if you miss any sessions!

shaketheshame Thu 22-Nov-12 15:00:59

Spinning - wow- 15 hours, gosh you must have an amazing physique !!! Well done and you must super healthy as well !!

I'm going tonight for a session, the diet is going well, drinking a lots of water help.

kaumana Thu 22-Nov-12 21:14:29

I'm with spin on this, who strangely hates spinning grin. I do a mixture of classes, Bodypump, Bodyattack,Zumba,Sh'bam etc ie cardio and resistance as it keeps your muscles active!

ivykaty44 Thu 22-Nov-12 21:48:29

I love spinning grin and would do it every time I go to the gym, but I know that I need to do weights (especially at my age wink) so do a deal with myself and will do one weights class and then do spin afterwards or spin then weights.

I try for 5 classes per week and will double up to save time and squash more in. In the better weather I cycle for pleasure and I also walk to work three times per week so get 6 half hour walks in per week

Needabitofsunshine Fri 23-Nov-12 12:06:31

I actually really hate gyms, so will do almost anything to avoid them (apart from Crossfit gyms, I like them). I do a lot of circuit training and heavy weights, as well as some sprints/interval training, with the the odd longer run thrown into the mix as well. I am exceptionally lucky and have converted our annexe into a gym at home and have it kitted out with rings, rower, bumpers, kettlebells etc. Love it - can work out to my heart´s content without encountering another smelly sweaty soul!

BsshBossh Fri 23-Nov-12 20:20:15

I just joined a gym today after a ten year hiatus (though I have been exercising in that time - running, walking, swimming). I find I lose the most weight when I reduce my calories (though not too low - no crash dieting for me as I love eating). I use MyFitnessPal for logging calories. I've lost over two stones since June on 1800 cals a day (I'm 5ft 4) and swimming twice a week. I find the exercise tones me up and gives me more energy so my metabolism is better.

Now I've joined a gym I plan on doing swimming twice or thrice a week and one session on cardio machines.

Building exercise into your day is the best way, imo.

I do the school run by bike (about 40-50 minutes on the bike), at least four days per week.

On top of that, I run three to five times a week, swim at least once, and often do other random bike rides to get around. It all adds up. (I do try to take one day off per week though)

shaketheshame Sat 24-Nov-12 14:45:35

I went for a run yesterday and I have a massive fall..I smashed my knee and I have sprained my ankle..boohoo

kaumana Sat 24-Nov-12 19:07:29

Shake Ouch! Hope you recover soon.

mercury7 Sun 25-Nov-12 11:55:33

it depends what you consider exercise, I run about 20 miles a week and have 4 weight training sessions of about 45 minutes each, then yoga 45 minutes 5 times per week.
Also walk for an average of 45 minutes per day.
Rest of the time I'm just knackeredgrin

bluer Sun 25-Nov-12 20:08:34

I'm 33 and i've lost a stone since August. I started doing gym three times a week but quickly discovered I liked classes better. I do aerobics on Monday, zumba on wed and circuits or boxercise fridays. However I badly injured my knee and couldn't exercise for six Weeks but I actually lost the most weight need to cut calories to lose weight. The exercise builds muscle which is heavier than fat which is why weight loss is slower when exercising.

notyummy Sun 25-Nov-12 21:58:26

Bloody hell. I am just so amazed (and jealous) of people like Mercury! I make that well over 9 hours a week before stretching/showers and the walking on top! Do you work FT? I am fairly fit i would say but am average day has me out of the house from 6am until around 6pm before I add exercise in, and that is before I spend any time with dd, DH or do any cooking/housework. At least 2 hours commute (usually longer) which can only be done by cat and no time for a lunch break. Either lunch meetings or eaten at desk. How do you fit that amount in ?!

notyummy Sun 25-Nov-12 21:59:03

Car not cat!!

mercury7 Mon 26-Nov-12 00:48:08

Notyummy I'm self employed, work from home, kids are grown up and left, I have alot of free time.
and I walk places because I dont have a carwink

notyummy Mon 26-Nov-12 09:55:26

Ah - that makes sense. Maybe that will be me one day. Sounds great!

I do about 7/8 sessions a schedule would be something like this:-

Sunday - Badminton with DP
Monday - 1 hr spin
Tue - 1 hr HBT
Wed - 1 hr spin in morning and then 1 hr pole fitness evening
Thu - Spin
Fri - HBT

Would normally fit another pole session in one evening

Sat - REST DAY smile

Pagwatch Mon 26-Nov-12 11:52:17

I work out twice a week. I have lost weight and toned up.

Two to three times per week and eating a sensible low carb diet has worked for me without being difficult, time consuming or restrictive.

I think doing 7 plus sessions a week would drive me fucking demented after a while and I would either give up or become addicted. I want to be fit for my life. I don't want to live in the bloody gym.

Thistledew Mon 26-Nov-12 12:15:22

I commute by bike 2-4 times a week, which is an hour each way. I then go out for a 3.5-4 hour ride at the weekend at a fairly intensive level. I have lost a stone in the past year through exercise alone, although I have put on quite a bit of muscle and toned up well so look and feel like I have lost more. I haven't dieted at all- I eat pretty healthily anyway so just started watching my portion size a little better.

mercury7 Mon 26-Nov-12 12:20:51

i'm totally addicted!
Get a huge buzz out of running and weight training
Gym is my second homegrin

trikken Mon 26-Nov-12 12:25:25

wow so much exercise.

Mercury - me too. I don't force myself to go at all, I just love it. Not so much the gym but I love the classes, esp spin, and I love pole fitness! If I didn't enjoy it I wouldn't do it so much but I am at the stage where I ab hate missing a session. I am lucky in the fact that I incorporate it into my working day. I work for a really small company so I go to the morning classes every day but take that as my lunch hour.

mercury7 Mon 26-Nov-12 12:41:36

i agree, for me it's not about having willpower so much as giving in to obsession and compulsion
shit! Did i really just admit that

Needabitofsunshine Mon 26-Nov-12 14:24:00

Yes, after a couple of rest days in a row if life´s too busy I´m getting a bit twitchy and desperate to throw some heavy things around smile Mmmm, endorphins smile

If you find it a struggle to fit it in with a long work day and commute, there are loads of bodyweight workouts you can do at home in the living room/garden. You can also gain a lot from an intense 5 min session, or a few throughout the day if that suits your lifestyle better. Maybe set yourself a challenge every week - if you´re starting out, maybe 50 squats every day, or 100 push ups etc. Easy to adjust to whatever level you´re on (just make sure it´s a bit of a struggle...).

I run 3 mornings a week and try to swim twice a week. I like to go for a bike ride (around 10 miles) at the weekend. I also walk to and from work 5 days a week which is 2-3 miles a day depending on which route I take.

shaketheshame Tue 04-Dec-12 15:49:44

This thread is depressing me a bit, my ankle still hurt and I did no exercise for 1 week and a half !

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