Workout Duration vs. Intensity

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 🙂

Why I love working out with a PARTNER! 

Hey everyone!

It’s been a minute since I wrote a fitness inspired post. Well, today is that day!

Now, some days I really do just wanna get in the gym, fuck shit up, and leave.

But there are definitely days I enjoy having a partner to work out with… and here’s why:

Accountability. When I’m working out with a partner, I know they are watching me and how hard I work. Think I’m gonna half ass it? No way Jose! I’m being subconsciously evaluated! I’m not on my phone, and I’m not sneaking out early for a donut. I wanna show my partner what I can do. I find that working out with someone else brings out the best in me, especially when it’s with someone who shares the passion for fitness that I have.

Having a spotter. It’s so awesome to see yourself move up on the weights… but sometimes it can be risky to push yourself too far without a spotter! I love having a spotter for my bench press.

Trying something new. A great part of working out with a partner is discovering how they do things differently than you. They might have tips and tricks you’ve never even heard of before. Or maybe working out with a partner will give you the courage to try something new together!

Pure entertainment. I work hard in the gym, but I also like to have fun. It’s fun sometimes to have someone to talk to between sets, to observe other gym-goers with you, to just plain be a part of the experience you are having. To share in you overcoming your challenges! And maybe even to squeeze in a few laughs.

… and take a few pictures of course too 🙂

The photo above is me with my workout partner, my boyfriend Matthew. Matthew is a great motivator for me in the gym! His workouts are intense and very goal oriented – so when we work out together it’s never a bad workout – we go all out! He has also been in the fitness world 6 years longer than me, so the knowledge I have gained just by having him as a teacher has been amazing.

 

If you ever work out with a partner, here is a link for exercises that you actually participate in with your partner (it takes twooooo baby).

 

Thanks for reading!