Q: Can I get into shape only working out three times a week? Cassidy M.
A: The answer to this question is yes and no. There are obviously some variables that we have to take into account to answer this question. What kind of exercise are you going to be doing three times a week? If you are going to be walking around the neighborhood for thirty minutes, then I would say no. If you are going to be doing metabolic circuits and interval cardio training, then I would say yes.
The second question I would ask you is, are you going to be changing your diet? When creating a workout program to get into shape you have to consider what you are going to be eating. If you need to lose a lot of weight you are going to have to lower your caloric intake and consume food that will promote maintenance of lean muscle mass. If you want to maintain your weight, but want to have more energy and lean muscle mass, your diet would be structured differently.
The last question I would ask you is what is your ideal shape? Getting into shape can mean a million different things. Are you trying to get toned abs? Are you trying to get back into your favorite jeans? Or are you just trying to feel better and have more energy? Generally three workouts a week is going to make a big difference in how you feel and look—it just might not take you to an elite level of fitness.