Tailor Your Rest to the Task
How often you break between strength workouts has a lot to do with your intensity level and routine. A basic approach to total body strength training is three days per week, with a rest day between each, says Craig Ballantyne, CSCS and author of Turbulence Training. Some advanced athletes might consider a recovery week off after several weeks of alternate-day intense workouts. Moderate exercisers can get away with a day off after every two or three days. Rest days don't have to mean parking your butt on the couch — doing entirely different, less taxing workout (for example, yoga instead of weight training) can keep your burning calories and scoring a fitness buzz without affecting recovery.