Optimal workout time?
- 03-25-2009, 09:21 PM
Optimal workout time?
I've never asked this, but have read a few things on it...
If I'm lifting heavy, (squats, bench, pull ups, etc) how long should i be in the gym for? How much is too much? I'm usually never in the gym longer than 1 hour, but sometimes i think that might not be long enough. Does it depend on what i do, or is their a specific time i should set a guideline for?
- 03-25-2009, 09:53 PM
I usually say 45-60 minutes. After that cortisol starts to spike. You can get a solid workout done in 30-40 minutes if you push yourself hard enough. Nothing is set in stone , we're all unique.
- 03-26-2009, 08:37 PM
Coritsol's overrated. How do you explain the physiques of professional atheletes who train fairly constantly - oly lifters, gymnasts, long track speed skaters, Curlers. (Ok, forget the curling team.)
The workout should be hard, but nutrition and, especially recovery prior to the subsequent session, are paramount.
04-05-2009, 04:12 AM
04-05-2009, 04:21 AM
I would make an exception to the 1 hour rule if you do cardio right after weight training. Your weight training session doesn't need to be more than 1 hour. Some people take longer to finish workouts because they waste too much in between sets. You'd be surprised at how many sets you can complete when rest periods are 90 seconds between sets.
04-05-2009, 09:49 AM
I go 45-90 min. Overtraining does exist, but undereating exists more. I def found that spending too much time in the gym inhibited my results, i call it quits when my body reaches its fullest pump, or slightly after that. When im with a partner, sometimes it goes longer.
04-05-2009, 11:52 AM
I'd say 60-90 minutes for workouts with more volume, and workouts with a higher intensity should not take more than 30-45 minutes. With cardio included you can add an extra 10-15 minutes. And also add in piss breaks from hopefully hydrating yourself and drinking water, which is another 3-5 minutes.
04-05-2009, 03:04 PM
04-24-2009, 05:18 AM
04-24-2009, 02:15 PM
04-24-2009, 09:28 PM
Depends how you train and what for. I mostly train powerlifting style with a lot of volume so nearly 2 hours isn't unheard of, but some days i do a BB training session and it can be over in 40 mins. some people react differently to training time periods. nothing's set in stone, you'll find through trial and error what works for you
05-01-2009, 03:33 AM
like t-bone said, I believe cortisol is over-emphasized.
And the other thing is, a lot depends on body-type, present lifestyle and genetics.
Just as an example, an endomorph is definitely going to have a different response to the type and duration of the training in contrast to an ectomorph.
My preference is High intensity weight training which lasts 45 - 50 mins. Based on my personal experience, this has done a lot more for me than extended workouts of low intensity, high volume and long rests.
05-02-2009, 04:20 AM
I think that it pretty much depends on your diet. If you have a low carb/calorie diet your body will simply not have enough fuel to withstand a really intense lengthy workout. If you have a really good diet high in carbs and a high calorie intake you will be able to go longer, healthier. You need to just pay attention to how you feel and your body responds to different work outs. If your body is already in it's catabolic, low insulin state you won't be doing your body any good to keep pushing it beyond it's natural boudaries. There's a difference between a really good, hard workout and an unhealthy one...
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05-08-2009, 12:36 AM
You workout as long as it takes for you to:
Reach goals you set for day
till you smash your muscle into new growth. lol
I dont watch the time but i say if you cant get your workout done in 1 +& half hours your not pushing hard enough.
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