When I first started working out, I used to be at the gym forever.
A workout was never part of the evening, it was the entire evening.
Then one day, I was having a casual conversation with a trainer at my gym and he asked me why I felt like I had to be at the gym for so long. I’m sure I mumbled something inaudible about burning more calories.
“You don’t need to be in here for any more than an hour really” he suggested, “it’s not about how long you’re here – it’s what you do with the time you have”.
Oh god, I realized, he was right.
Prior to this, I would have two hour workouts. Because they were so long, I would never exhaust all effort on a set because I knew I would need to reserve some energy for later. So there I was, kind of working out – kind of mulling about, for most of my workouts
I look back now and see that there is just no damn logic in that.
My workout today was 45 minutes. It was 45 minutes of blood, sweat, and tears (mostly sweat). I kept my heart rate up the whole time. I felt into it! I told myself if I only had 45 minutes that it was going to be one hell of 3/4’s of an hour.
Obviously along the way I have learned something very important about building a better body: intensity is the most important factor in the gym. Be all in. Go hard. Give it everything you’ve got. Don’t hang around skulking in the gym for hours!
Get in, fuck shit up, and get out!
Who has the time for a two hour workout anyways? (if you do I want your life, I’m exhausted)
All jokes aside, almost anybody can make the time for a 45 minute workout. Don’t think of it as something demanding on your schedule. Think about it as 45 minutes of “you” time.
That’s all you need, after all 🙂
3 responses to “Workout Duration vs. Intensity”
I use to think I had to be in the gym for 2 hours but then I was introduced to more machines that I could get a lot out of faster. For example I use to do the elliptical for 1 hour and burn maybe burn 500 calories now I hope on the stairs do 30 mins burn 750 calories and go on about my business cutting the time in half and getting more out of a 30 min workout …I love it. plus on the days I usually hate going is when I usually feel the most great after I am done.
Found this really useful as I am guilty as charged for staying as long as possible – and even thinking that I have to do every chest exercise under the sun on a chest day/leg day. Making your workouts shorter and more productive is a skill and requires focus and I think this is a real goal for me. Keep smashing it chick! xx
I love going to the gym! I usually spent about 1 – 1 1/2 hours there but never longer. And you are so right. It’s “you” time! It’s a place where I do something for myself and I usually forget every worry I have. xx
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