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    Are You Working Out Too Much, Too Often?

    Are You Working Out Too Much, Too Often?
    by Shawn C. LeBrun
    Weight Loss and Fitness Coach


    There is a question that I would like to ask you to ask yourself:

    Are you wasting too much of your valuable time by going to the gym to lift weights?

    Are you trying to convince yourself that the more time you spend in the gym working out, the better off your results will be?

    One of the biggest misconceptions I deal with each and every day as a personal trainer is the belief people have that it takes hours in the gym lifting weights to produce a fit and toned body.

    I have some (good) news for you.

    What if I told you that only 20% of your total fitness results will come from the time you spend lifting weights.

    What if I told you that 80% of your weight loss or weight management results come from the time you spend OUT OF THE GYM!

    How much time do you really need to spend lifting weights to get a great body and be in great shape?

    What if I said only 3 minutes a day, 3 times a week, for a TOTAL of 9 minutes A WEEK!

    (Are you scratching your head yet or calling me names?)

    I am willing to bet money that you are spending a lot more than 9 minutes a week on weight lifting and I am also willing to bet you are not totally happy with your results.

    Before totally labeling me crazy, let me explain.

    Let's take a visit to the gym for a moment, and join up with yourself in a workout. Today is "chest day" for your workout.

    Let's assume that for each exercise, you perform the standard norm of 10 repetitions per set. So, if you do a bench press, you probably do 10 reps.

    That, my friend, amounts to about 10 seconds of time that you are actually physically moving the weight.

    Next time you are in the gym, time yourself and see how long it takes to perform a set of 10 reps. (Please do not look at your watch while doing the exercise!)

    Let me save you the time--it takes 10 seconds.

    If you perform 3 sets, which most people do, you are now up to 30 seconds (3x10) of actual lifting movement.

    If you do 3 exercises for each muscle group (for the chest we can do bench press, incline dumbbell press, and dips) you are now only up to 90 seconds, or 1 1/2 minutes.

    So far, so good?

    Let's assume you do two muscle groups per workout (let's say chest and back). You have doubled your 1 1/2 minutes to 3 minutes. 1 1/2 minutes spent on chest ACTUALLY PHYSICALLY LIFTING THE WEIGHTS and 1 1/2 minutes spent working out your back, ACTUALLY PHYSICALLY LIFTING THE WEIGHTS.

    Total time=3 minutes.

    All of the other time you are spending can be put into one of these other categories:

    1. RESTING BETWEEN SETS
    2. WASTED TIME

    Hopefully, most of the time that you are not actually lifting is spent in category #1, rest.

    Waiting between sets, walking around a bit, getting a drink of water.

    But this should only amount to 1-2 minutes between sets.

    So, what does all of this mean?

    You have 3 minutes to make or break your results.

    3 minutes to give everything you can give while in the gym. Treat it like the last 3 minutes you will ever have (you never really know when it will be) and I absolutely bet that you will have an incredible workout and will soon be reaping incredible
    results.

    Remember I said at the beginning that 20% of your results come from the time spent in the gym lifting weights and the other 80% comes from time spent out of the gym.

    If you are spending only 3 minutes total each workout and 9 minutes total each week ACTUALLY MOVING THE WEIGHTS UP AND DOWN, shouldn't it stand to reason that most of your results will come from outside of this 3-9 minute time period, outside of the gym?

    The time you spend in the gym is meant to accomplish one thing.

    Muscle stimulation. Period.

    The time spent in the gym lifting weights is for muscle stimulation, which in turn, will lead to muscle growth and improved muscle strength.

    I hope you weren't thinking fat loss.

    You cannot burn body fat during the lifting process, lifting is anaerobic, not aerobic. Don't worry though, weight training is probably THE BEST investment for future fat-burning capabilities!

    Your time spent lifting should focus on muscle stimulation by progressively lifting heavier weights so that your muscles become stronger and bigger.

    THE OTHER 80% of your results come from:

    1. Proper rest outside of the gym
    2. Proper nutrition to support muscle growth
    3. Intense, yet brief aerobic/cardio exercise

    If either of these three areas are compromised, results are minimal.

    All of the weight lifting in the world will bring about nothing positive if you are not recovering properly between workouts,are not eating to support muscle growth and fat loss, and are not performing aerobic activity to help the heart and also aid
    in fat loss.

    Focus and direct your efforts on making sure these three criteria are being met and I guarantee you will see positive results.

    In conclusion, because you are only spending 3 minutes of actual weight lifting time each and every day, do you see areas in your own routine that can be cut down to become more efficient? Are you spending way too much time in search of those elusive results you're after, all the while unsure if what you are doing
    is even the right thing?

    I know this much for sure.

    There is no universal law that states if you double your time spent in the gym, you double your results.

    Quite the contrary. I see many people spend needless hours in the gym, not changing their physique a bit.

    I also see people that change quite dramatically by losing fat and gaining muscle.

    I know for sure that these people are making that 3 minutes of each workout the best possible 3 minutes they can give.

    It is not the time that matters, it is how well you spend that time.

    Make your 3 minutes of your workout the most intense, focused 3 minutes you possibly can and I guarantee you will start to see better results.

    So, the next time someone asks you how long you work out for each day with weights, you can tell them, with confidence, that it only takes 3 minutes a day to get a great, muscular and toned physique.

    Everything else is either rest or time wasted.

    See you at the top!

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    Didn't read this all but the beginning was enough.

    A set of Bench Press does not take 10 seconds. It does not take a total of one second to lower the weight and raise it again. I raise the weight in 2 seconds, and lower it in 2 seconds. I may pause very brefly at top and bottom, so call it 5 seconds a rep. Ten reps is now 50 seconds, not 10, plus if I'm straining for the last few reps this will lengthen to 60, 70, perhaps 80 seconds. Not 10.


    The overall concept that more is not always better is correct, though. Peace.
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    Um...

    You're saying it takes me 20 seconds to complete a 20 rep set of heavy squats to below parallel? You'd kill yourself doing a half second down/half second up on big compound movements...

    Agree with most of the stuff, (waaaay too many people sit/socialize/do nothing at the gym I go to) but I think the 3 minutes only is a little exaggerated. Especially if you are going as intense as possible. Good article, but people who are the worst offenders for this type of thing will probably continue in their ways...
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    This is full of crap

    Why don't you ever answer your critics instead of just trying to get people to visit your website?
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    Working out too much

    After receiving an email regarding the context of this article, I wanted to clarify that the 3 minutes is just the approximate time it takes to complete the heavy sets.

    It doesn't count warmups, rest between sets, etc.

    If you break down the time spent on JUST heavy, muscle producing sets, it comes up to about 3-5 minutes.

    This is assuming that you are performing 2-3 heavy sets per exercise, and only 1-2 muscle groups per workout.

    I have just seen way too many people spend way too much time doing needless set after needless set after they have already hit muscle stimulation and muscle failure.

    The whole article was simply meant to show people that more time is not necessarily better, it's how well you spend that time.

    I also realize that many people spend more or less time in the gym than others, so this article is not a be-all, end-all for everyone.


    Best,

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