Are you timing your workout sessions?

Are you timing your workout sessions?

How long are your traditional workouts? 45 minutes to an hour? 2 hours? Many people often wonder what the ideal time-frame for a workout should be in order to maximize results. The answer to this question, like most fitness questions out there is that: there is no real black or white answer to this.

Some people believe that workouts should not last longer than an hour, because your body will start secreting cortisol, a catabolic hormone that breaks down muscle, causing your gains to plummet. The best answer to this question is that your gym sessions should last as long as you need it to be, as long as you are putting in mental focus, intensity and energy into completing your workout.

I never go more than an hour and half in the gym, and I think that anywhere from 2 hours + is a really long time to be in the gym if you are consistently focused on completing exercises and not just socializing or sitting there on your phone. With that said, you should learn to implement and follow a training program if you aren’t already, and write out what you need to do in order to optimize your training, in order to keep your workouts as short and intense as possible. You know what they say, muscle isn’t built in the gym, it’s while you rest and recover that you will see growth and results. But the time that you spend in the gym will be affected by several factors such as:

Individual fitness levelMany advanced trainees are well adapted to weight training due to their experience and genetics and this will affect their ability on how long they are able to train.

Mood and motivation: Let’s face it. We all have our ups and down days in the gym. If you feel like you aren’t having a good workout session and aren’t feeling motivated, don’t push through it. You need to be at your full mental focus in order to push your body to the next level. If you feel good that day, do more sets and reps, if you don’t keep it short and quick.

Workout type: The time spent in the gym will obviously depend on what type of workout that you perform. A strength training session where you are resting for 5 minutes at a time will be significantly longer than if you were to rest 30 seconds to a minute intervals while doing more cardiovascular type exercises.

Supplementation: Many pre-workout supplements allow for extra stimulation and focus in the gym. And that is a huge factor on how long you can keep training for.


As I’ve stated earlier, you should aim to create and follow a workout routine while you’re in the gym. This will ensure that you are not mindlessly wandering around the gym from exercise to exercise and spending more time in the gym than needed. For most people, 45 minutes to an hour and a half is plenty of time to effectively train and stimulate your muscles. When you’re in the gym, you need to make sure that you do what you need to do, are not taking any more rest than necessary, and are able to maintain a high level of focus throughout the workout. You don’t need to think about “how long should workouts be” and obsess about your workout time frame. See you in the next article.

Check out my article on why you might be doing too much in the gym

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John considers himself as a fitness enthusiast who loves to do anything to keep the body in peak physical performance (much like a highly tuned machine). He mainly focuses on sports nutrition and supplement research, but is also highly knowledgeable in relation to muscle growth and fat loss. He's helped numerous people over the years achieve the body that they've always wanted and hopes his information will guide you to the goals you want.

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