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How Long to Workout

Have you ever wondered what the optimal amount of time to workout is? 15minutes? 1 hour? 2 hours? 5 hours?! It’s a question many people have asked. Our lives are busy and finding time to get in a good workout can be difficult. Most of us don’t have an extra 2 hours in our day, so let’s dive deeper and see what the optimal workout time is.

The answer depends a bit on your goals and your workout history. If you have specific goals you are looking to achieve quickly, you’ll need more time per workout. If you have been working out for a while, your body may need more reps and stress in order to get the full benefit of the workout.  Those with more general health related goals and those who have not been working out for a while will need less time per workout.

The next factor to take into account is the quality of your workout. Would you be better off from 15minutes of really great quality work, or 2 hours of sub-par work? That should be an easy answer, the 15minues of quality will benefit you far more. Whether you are working out in a group class, on your own, or with a personal trainer, you should always focus on the quality of your workout over anything else.

At 286 Performance, most of our workouts, from start to finish (warm up to cooldown) take 1 hour. That gives us time to do the proper preventive maintenance, focus on strength work, focus on conditioning work, and coach people!

1 hour is plenty for most people. During that 1-hour session, it should be further broken down into smaller bits of good quality work and needed rest. What looks like for us it:

–   15 minutes to warm up

–   5-10 minutes to review strength lifts

–   10-15 minutes for strength

–   5-10 minutes to review conditioning

–   10-20 minutes for conditioning

–   10 minutes to cooldown

This recipe works very well for our clients. It delivers results and only takes no more than an hour out of their day. It is efficient and gets them the progress they want to see. For those with more specific goals, they may be given extra strength or conditioning work to do, but only if their schedule allows for it and if their goals need it.

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-Al

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