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    Short Workouts vs. Long Workouts

    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?
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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.
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    hey thanks man, either one doesn't matter to me because I'm a college kid with lots of time on my hands so i was just considering upping my workout time to see if I receive larger gains, while friend b keeps telling me that it would be counterproductive.
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    I try to get everything done in 1-1.5 hours. Anything over that and I'd say up your weight until you're worn down by an hour and a half worth of working out. If your weight sessions last 3.5 hours you're doing a lot more sitting around than working.
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    Originally Posted by georgiadawg14 View Post
    hey thanks man, either one doesn't matter to me because I'm a college kid with lots of time on my hands so i was just considering upping my workout time to see if I receive larger gains, while friend b keeps telling me that it would be counterproductive.
    I agree with friend B. Train with as much intensity as you can bring, and then GTFO of the gym, eat something, and rest your muscles. Sitting there doing more and more sets all day isn't going to make your stronger.

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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.
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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.
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    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.
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    Originally Posted by Engineer_Guy View Post
    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.

    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.
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    Originally Posted by GW-LAX View Post
    My guess is more pussyfooting that l33t bodybuilding training.
    Probably. Most people can't maintain intensity that long unless they are roiding or they've been training that way their entire lives and are genetic marvels. Or both.
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    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
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    45-50 mins for me max doing a 1 body part per day split. If its taking longer than that your probably waiting too long between sets and lack intensity.
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