I always keep my resistant training session under 60 minutes. If you train hard there's no reason to go more than that. Once you work over 60 minutes your body will go into catabolic state instead of metabolic. That means your body will begin to break down, not building up.
I would recommend splitting your strength training and cardio training days so you won't have to live in the gym to see results.
While fitness junkies may advocate longer more complex workouts (and there's nothing wrong with that given their objectives), for the rest of us it is perhaps more important that we do something that fits our schedule, as this is something we are more likely to stick to in the longer term.
If 1.5 hours of ST doesn't fit your schedule, perhaps talk to your PT and ask her for a shorter program that will still achieve an all-body workout. If she's any good, she should be more than willing to oblige.
By using compound exercises and more challenging weights (such that you reach fatigue in just 4-6 reps, rather than 10-15), you should be able to get a good all-body workout in 30-40 minutes.
Edited by: MOTIVATED@LAST at: 1/27/2009 (16:48)
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Since I neither advocate or have my students do any isolation exercises their workouts use six exercises, four total body and two compound ones. They do three sets of no more than eight repetions per exercise. This will take about thirty minutes. They do cardio on alternate days which will be an interval work programme. Again thirty minutes is the normal workout time. I do not count the five minute warmup or the five minute stretch after as a part of the workout time so add ten minutes to each for a total of forty minutes.
The key is effective workouts is the intensity at which you do them not the duration.
Edited by: SERGEANTMAJOR at: 1/26/2009 (23:28)
It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.
I said getting fit was simple, I did not say it was easy.
Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.
Eat well to lose weight, exercise to get fit
You can not build a six pack using twelve packs
Often when we seek a magic bullet for fitness we end up shooting ourselves in the foot.
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Not true...it depends on what kind of workout you are trying to get and how much mass you are trying to build ~smiles~.
Since you are new to ST your PT should have you on lighter weights doing about 8 reps and doing a full body workout 3X a week! ~smiles~
If you are a Mr. Universe contender (or Mrs. Universe) then you can spend the whole day on just your arms, chest, etc. I use to work out my arms for 2-4 hours a day (back in the day) and that was just one part.
If your gonna hire a PT you should probably listen to them, if you don't like them get a new one ~smiles~
If you have 10 PT's in a room each one will give you a different program ~chuckles~ but they all work eventually if they don't burn you out first ~smiles~
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1/26/09 2:40 P
There's nothing wrong with a strength workout that is that long, but I don't know that it's really an effective use of your time. Doing compound exercises in 1-2 sets should cut down on the amount of time it takes. I'd say you can get a great workout in 30-40 minutes, so you could probably cut down on yours a little.
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This has been bothering me all day long. I do cardio 4 days a week, and strength train my entire body 3 days a week (yes i give myself at least 48 hours in between). I have only recently started strength training (it has only been 10 days) and I met with a PT to help get me started.
She showed me what machines she wants me to use, what weights are good for me, how many reps, and how many sets. Essentially..came up with a personalized program, which I do like a lot.
My problem is that everything I read says that your strength workout should be an hour maximum. When I go to the gym, i do 35 minutes on the elliptical, and then my strength training takes me an hour and a half.
Is that too long? Am I doing something wrong or should I just keep going with it and reevaluate in a couple of weeks? How long are your workouts?
I am new to the exercise thing and I want to make sure I don't develop bad habits early on.
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