Only you can properly answer this question, writes PT Chris Bathke. Because it depends what you mean by ‘in shape’. Does that require you to have visible abs? To be able to run 5K without stopping? To complete 10 consecutive pull-ups? Or does it simply mean your belly doesn’t spill over the top of your jeans?
Two to three workouts per week, even if only 20 minutes long, are more effective than one 60-minute workout
Unless your definition is distinctly unambitious, however, one workout a week is not enough. A single well-planned session every weekend may help to maintain a good fitness level that has been built up through more frequent training, but only if other factors such as your sleep, nutrition and stress levels are optimised.
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That said, one workout a week is infinitely better than none. Lift some weights once every seven days and you’re already ahead of the pack. And those who have been living an extremely sedentary lifestyle will certainly