Amount of time spent @ the gym per session

  • Fritter

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    Jun 01, 2012 1:31 AM GMT
    I know that spending more than a couple of hours at the gym is next to useless, but lately I have found that after my workout, I feel like I could stay all day in there working out, it feels so good. Does any one else need to fight the urge to stay long after one's workout?
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    Jun 01, 2012 3:01 AM GMT
    I love In-N-Out burger joint.

    I like my gyms the same way. 30-45 minutes max, and I'm done.
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    Jun 01, 2012 3:05 AM GMT
    About an hour. Longer than that and I'm hungry or ineffective.
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    Jun 01, 2012 3:08 AM GMT
    Physically no, because I start to tire out after 1 hr. Mentally yes, because I never seem to finish all the different exercises/stretches I set out to do.
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    Jun 01, 2012 6:01 AM GMT
    OP: i know how you feel. but you're right, its useless after 1hour. in fact you may be prone to over exercise and potentially undoing any positive work you've been having at the gym. over-training muscles can cause them to actually develop at a slower rate or actually reverse the benefits of exercise due to damage to the muscles. overtraining can push your body to a point where its unable to recover from the training, and the continual search for the endorphin rush could result in insomnia. particularly with too much cardiovascular exercise can scar the heart.

    try to keep your workouts to 1hour per day. nothing more can be gained after that. if you feel like staying there longer, then do something that is not all about exertion or lifting resistance weights, but rather about technique, form, and motion without the heavy weights or other "building exercises"

    good luck!

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    Jun 01, 2012 6:21 AM GMT
    OP, you could have a farm in your future...
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    Jun 01, 2012 8:41 AM GMT
    My actual workouts are about an hour each, then I like to spend a half hour or so after stretching and working on flexibility, and also doing some self-massage. It's a good cool down for the body & mind besides it's other benefits.
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    Jun 01, 2012 8:57 AM GMT
    Mine run for 60 - 90 minutes - 60 with the trainer - 90 if I do cardio first.

    I typically don't stay longer than that.

    I do think it's great you feel motivated, though. Hold on to that motivation as long as you can.

    You look great!
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    Jun 02, 2012 12:02 AM GMT
    ConQuest saidMine run for 60 - 90 minutes - 60 with the trainer - 90 if I do cardio first.

    I typically don't stay longer than that.

    I do think it's great you feel motivated, though. Hold on to that motivation as long as you can.

    You look great!


    Thanks man!
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    Jun 02, 2012 12:23 AM GMT
    Fritter saidI know that spending more than a couple of hours at the gym is next to useless, but lately I have found that after my workout, I feel like I could stay all day in there working out, it feels so good. Does any one else need to fight the urge to stay long after one's workout?


    For lifting, mine typically last about an hour. Unless it's first thing in the morning (6am or so), and then it might be 90 minutes...but that's only because I'm moving slower in general.
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    Jun 02, 2012 7:34 AM GMT
    Usually around 1 hour never longer then 1.5 hours for sure.
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    Jun 02, 2012 8:08 AM GMT
    It really depends on on how long it takes me to feel fatigued. Sometimes that's an hour, sometimes its more like an hour and a half.
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    Jun 02, 2012 8:12 AM GMT
    Lately, I've been going for 2 hours for some reason. The time seriously just slips by me. But I also spend about 10-15 minutes walking on the treadmill to warm up. Then another 10-15 stretching. Do my weight workout which includes about 15 minutes of abs in the middle. Then about 20 minutes of cardio at the end.
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    Jun 02, 2012 9:01 AM GMT
    ^^Whatever. Just show me your calves :-P
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    Jun 08, 2012 12:30 AM GMT
    I used to spend 2 hours weight lifting then 1 hour on cardio. Now I only do 90- 120 minutes for weight and around 20-30 mins for cardio.
  • Thorbaugh

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    Jun 10, 2012 9:47 PM GMT
    20 - 30 mins cardio
    20 - 30 mins of weight
    5 - 10 mins stretching
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    Jun 10, 2012 9:49 PM GMT
    As I got older--I cannot do both cardio and weights at the same session--So I do 50 minutes of cardio one day, and 50 of weights the next. And I average 4-5x a week at the gym
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    Jun 10, 2012 9:49 PM GMT
    I just did almost 4 hours today... the first two hours were hardcore chest exercises, but the last two hours were probably 50-60% catching up with old friends I hadn't seen in a while... but usually 1-1.5 hours is my max.
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    Jun 10, 2012 9:57 PM GMT
    I average an hour to hour and 15. I usually do 5 sets of 5 for major groups and 3 or 4 sets of 5 for smaller. It depends how crowded it is at the gym and how much wait time I have. I dont do cardio anymore. When I did, it was another half hour
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    Jun 10, 2012 10:23 PM GMT
    My workouts seem to be getting longer and longer because I keep adding more and more exercises to avoid plateau, which I know is wrong. I was spending about 1.5 hours solid lifting with very little breaks between sets and exercises (about 30-45 seconds). The 1.5 hours would JUST make me feel sore enough the next day to let me know I did enough.

    Then I bought three personal training sessions to fine tune my form and learn some new exercises... and my trainer has me doing only about 30 mins to 45 mins... and I'm WAY more sore the next day.

    I think the moral of the story is if you're doing the right exercises with perfect form, 30 mins is all you need. Anything more than that just means you're either over training or have bad form.
  • FRE0

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    Jun 10, 2012 10:26 PM GMT
    Generally, I work out at the gym three times per week. When the weather is suitable, I ride my bicycle 5.3 miles to the gym, which, because of traffic, takes about 1/2 hour. Then, I spend about 2.5 hours working out, which includes 22 different exercises. Except for two of them, I do three sets of each, each set to failure, resting 90 seconds between sets. Then, I ride my bicycle home, but understandably at reduced speed.

    In addition, I ride my bicycle on days when I do not go to the gym, at distances up to 30 miles and rarely more than 30 miles. Sometimes I ride shorter distances and do intervals.

    When the weather is not suitable, I drive to the gym and use an exercise bicycle to warm up.
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    Jun 10, 2012 10:30 PM GMT

    Cardio days:
    Spin bike 50 - 60 min
    Abs: 20 min
    Stretch: 15 min

    Lifting days:
    Warmup bike/run/etc: 10 - 15 min
    Actual Lifting: 1hr
    Stretch: 15 - 20 min

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    Jul 07, 2012 6:16 PM GMT
    I do one hour of weight lifting. The trainers and bodybuilders that appear to know the most consistently told me an hour. It's for the same reasons kingmo said about over training. Lots of people over train, as it is easy to do.

    That was tough because I used to do 2 hours or more. I liked trying to get in all the extra types of exercises to get lots of parts of muscle in the areas I was focusing on a particular day. If I didn't feel much, I'd do more, until I was exhausted. Going to one hour and still focusing good on my exercises, I was surprised that I got just as good if not better pumps after my workout.

    The time I spend at the gym is much more than an hour to prepare before and to stretch out after my workout.