How Many Times a Week Do Bodybuilders Work Out?

It takes a high level of dedication and sweat equity to develop the enviable physique of a bodybuilder. It's blatantly clear that bodybuilders must spend a considerable amount of time working out in the gym, but there's a fine line between "enough" and "too much" when it comes to training volume.

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Training Splits

In order to make sure every muscle group is properly worked and adequate rest and recovery is received, bodybuilders typically break their training regimens up into "splits." A training split is based on a set number of days in the gym, and all of the muscle groups are divided between those training days. For example, a five-day training split could be back and abs, biceps and triceps, chest, shoulders, and legs. Other bodybuilders may only do a three- or four-day split. The fewer training days in a split, the larger the number of muscle groups that must be trained per workout. Generally, the more training days a bodybuilder has in his or her split, the shorter each workout is.

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