How often should I come in?

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Last week I got the same question from a couple of people, so I figure it's time to answer it for everyone: how often should you come in to the gym?

We have a bad business model: we want you to use our services, not just pay for them and not show up. If you can make it, we want you in every day. There are so many good things about getting some high quality movement everyday, I can't even list them here. If you can get in every day and get some movement and lift some weights, you'll be better off.

We want you to think of the gym as your place to recharge and reset from your day, so we'd love it if stopping off at the gym was a habit and something you just had in your schedule. I've done that for years, at least since my sophomore year in college when I started lifting seriously. Going to the gym is just part of my schedule. Not very many things are higher in priority and can bump the gym time. It's just something that I've chosen as important for my health. We'd love it if we became that priority for you too.

I plan the week's work with a 5-day-a-week member in mind, though it does have offsets in it so that a 2-, 3-, or 4- day-a-week schedule will cycle through everything nicely over time. You should be able to come every day without getting over-trained. However, we know you have extra-curricular activities, and other stresses in your life that may make 5-days-a-week of our programming too much for you. You should listen to your body and adjust accordingly. You're always free to ratchet down the weight, reps, or intensity on prescribed workout to fit how you're feeling, but we still want you in moving every day.

Michael Deskevich