One of the questions that I get the most, is how long do I spend in the gym. I could only assume I am being asked this question, because people assume that with my physique, that whatever time it takes me to finish my training in the gym, should be how much time they need to be training themselves.
Generally it is said that you need to spend 30 to 60 minutes in the gym and if you go beyond that, you are being counterproductive. Personally, I find this range to be very restricting. The reason I say that is because, if you are a newbie at the gym, pacing yourself is recommended. Also, you should finish all of the exercises you have planned for that day, and if it is that you’re passed that 60 minutes, most people would agree to keep training.
My recommendation is that, you focus on completing the exercises you have scheduled for that day rather than looking at the time and seeing how long you have spent in the gym. It is how much you’ve accomplished in a period of time that is important and not the amount of time you have spent at the gym. One can spend 30 minutes in the gym and be more productive than the person who spent over an hour, because they performed to their optimum abilities during that 30 minutes.
At the end of the day, what you need to take away from this post is that time isn’t the importance when it comes to training. It’s performing at your best, at the moment of your progress during this fitness lifestyle journey you have decided upon, in whatever period of time that you’ve been allotted. You can always monitor your time for future reference, so that you perform that same workout within a less time to keep the training at a level where you constantly have to adapt.
To end this article, just in case people are wondering. I do not give myself an allotted amount of time, to spend in the gym. If I spend an hour, 2 hours or 3 hours, it doesn’t matter. The point is that I train at my best, during whatever time I am giving and finish what I have told myself I am going to do in that training session. I only know how long I am at the gym, once I have finished training.Read More »