How Much Time in the Gym

Posted on August 27th, 2010 by Mic in Fitness Model Workout Ideas

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Hi,

How much time in the gym?  Are you one of those people that likes to go to the gym to socialize? 

If so then 1-2 hours will be your usual time there. 

Now, I like to be efficient and I am usually very busy.  So I need to spend as little time in the gym as possible. 

That might sound sort of weird coming from someone who has a blog on fitness and health.

But, really, spending too much time in the gym becomes counter productive.

After about 45 minutes your body starts rebelling.  You might not notice it, but your body starts making changes.  Your hormone levels start rebelling.

Growth hormone levels go down.  Cortisol – or the so called muscle destroyer hormone – goes up. 

If you haven’t been drinking enough water – and most people don’t – you become dehydrated.  Just a 5-10% loss in water has a very negative effect on your energy levels. 

A loss in your water levels usually means your percentage of sodium goes up.  This can lead to muscle cramps.

I could go on and on, but you get the picture.

So how much time should you be in the gym?  Long enough to accomplish your goals.

And no, this is not going to be a treatise on goal writing.  Goals can be great, but they are not necessary.

However, you should have a general idea of what you are trying to accomplish when you go to the gym.

And it doesn’t have to be the same thing every time.  For example, you might want to concentrate on burning fat at one workout. 

This workout might consist of some intense aerobics or several body weight circuit exercises.

Another time you might want to build strength.  You can use your body weight for this, but to get really strong you will need to use weights. 

Many researchers believe that you don’t even need aerobics and that weight lifting will burn much more body fat. 

There is a slight problem with this though.  Go to any gym in the country and you will those with really big muscles.  Most of them will have really big guts also. 

In order to get into the best shape of your life, you need to mix it up.  You do need to have strong muscles.  You do need to have a strong heart.  You do need to have some flexibility.  You do need core strength.  You do need to have endurance.  You do need to affect your hormones.  You do need…. Ok, there I am going on and on again. 

You can incorporate all of the above in one workout, but that will take more time.  For me, that is too much time.

I like to break it down into smaller segments.  Right now, I do an upper body workout for strength.  I do a lower body workout for strength.

I do a total body workout for fitness and to burn fat.  I do 2 intense cardio sessions a week.  I do one longer low intensity cardio session per week. 

Each one is on a different day.  The only session that goes over 30 minutes is leg strength day.  That is because of changing the plates between sets.  That takes time. 

Sometimes I will do a weight day and cardio day on the same day. 

Most of the sessions are 20 minutes. 

Now we come to the point of what can you do in 20 minutes that will make how much time in the gym productive?

Stay tuned.

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