Hey all. So I've got a question for those with experience in this.
Friend A lifts for 3-3.5 hours each day for 4-5 days a week
Friend B Lifts for 45 minutes to 75 minutes for 5-6 days a week at a slightly higher intensity level than friend A.
Friend B does this in an effort to reduce cortisol levels in the body, he believes that he will receive bigger gains by doing this.
So I was wondering what you all think about this, do you prefer shorter or longer workouts? and why?
Thread: Short Workouts vs. Long Workouts
03-04-2012, 09:51 PM #1
Short Workouts vs. Long Workouts
03-04-2012, 10:17 PM #2
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It depends on context.
You could be doing some heavy ass compound lifts in the same workout and needing over 5 minutes rest between sets and exercises, and thus go for well over an hour without doing a ridiculous level of volume. Or you could be doing something like supersetting biceps and triceps and be resting a minute between sets and doing 30 sets in an hour for teh gunz.
But I think I can safely say that unless friend A is on dat dere celltech, then him training for 3-3 1/2 hours is counterproductive.'People are gonna remember me as a god forever... Like-like-like Troy, like Chiles heel, I'm a god forever I'll be remembered for thousands of years to come' - Jason Genova
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03-05-2012, 08:10 AM #3
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03-05-2012, 10:45 AM #6
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I'm not in the gym more than 1.5 hours. That includes warm up, weights, and stretching. If you are natural and take 3 hours to train, you are probably just pussyfooting around.
Plus, I have a life outside the gym, school, work, girlfriend.
Lifting is fun as hell, but I prefer results to enjoyment. Shorter workouts=better results for me.http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=172555781&p=1464822701#post1464822701
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03-05-2012, 11:41 AM #7
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You can workout hard or you can workout long, you can't do both. I know being in the gym is nice, but 3.5hrs 5 days a week? Might as well just get a job at the gym since he is there so long.My Workout Log:
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03-05-2012, 11:49 AM #8
How the f*ck does someone have 3.5 hours a day to work out?
That being said I bet the guy who spends 3.5 hours a day will have better gains assuming he's maintaining enough intensity that long and manages his recovery well. Listen don't get me wrong, you don't need more than an hour a day to make good gains. But don't kid yourself into thinking the guy who spends less time is going to make better gains because of "cortisol". The best athletes and bodybuilders in the world spend far more than an hour a day training. And not to compare your friend to an elite athlete but it does tell you something.
03-05-2012, 11:59 AM #9
My guess is more pussyfooting that l33t bodybuilding training.
-Friend A just seems like he is either doing A) too many sets for a group of muscles (Chest) B) He possibly does a 2 day split working multiple muscle groups per workout compared to Friend B who is focusing on one muscle group per workout.Reps 4 Lyfe
03-05-2012, 12:02 PM #10
03-06-2012, 07:26 AM #11
Oh they're both genetic freaks no doubt. both natural bodybuilders who work real hard each day. I wouldn't listen to either of them if they were scrawny little guys who talk more than they actually do. Friend A maintains a steady intensity throughout each workout while friend B wants to beat the crap out of his body and reach hypertrophy as soon as possible. Ive lifted for months at a time with both and seen gains from working with each of them. Just thought this was an interesting question that others might like to answer
03-06-2012, 09:11 AM #12
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