What workout is the right workout?
How long do I need to work out for to see results?
The longer I’m in gym, the more results ill see…right?
These are some of the most common questions I get asked on a daily basis and to be 100% honest with you, there is no one correct answer! (Annoying, right) BUT I’m going to tap away on the keyboard to let your know my thoughts on it all.
WHAT IS THE RIGHT WORKOUT?
Okay, so for this one there really isn’t one correct answer. It all depends on what your end goal is! Is it Hypertrophy and getting big muscles, is it endurance, speed, strength, toning up, weight loss…
See all the different reasons for wanting to work out – they shape what workout is right for you!
For the most part people want to work out for the end result, the killer body at the end of the day…not the process. For this I LOVE high intensity interval training or HIIT. It gets your heart rate right up there, it (generally) is a whole body workout so you target all areas; sorry to say but this is kinda a must for all over toning and weight loss, you can’t really “spot train” one problem area.
For strength; higher load, lower reps, long rest period to recover (think 1RM testing)
For endurance; lower weight, higher reps, and shorter rest period
You get the point…all different! If you want some specifics on any one type of training leave a comment and ill whip up a post for you!
HOW LONG DO I NEED TO WORKOUT FOR TO SEE RESULTS?
I know we all do it, you do one hella hard session in the gym and then go weight yourself, check yourself out in the mirror and start searching for your 6 pack that definitely should have popped up in the last 30 seconds. As I said before, people are after the end result and aren’t too interested in the process…unfortunately, this isn’t the case. It takes at least 12 weeks to see any type of dramatic change in your physical appearance. But if you’re interested, you start from the inside and work your way out…so higher levels of concentration and alertness, feeling less sluggish, better sleeping patterns, overall improved mood – that’s just some of the goodness coming your way from continued and consistent exercise regime.
THE MORE TIME YOU SPEND IN THE GYM THE MORE RESULTS YOU WILL SEE, QUICKER
W R O N G
Sorry but this one annoys me, sure a 1 hour workout is going to do more for you than a 2 minute run on the treadmill; but putting your progress down to a time is kinda dumb (sorry to all the guys and girls that spend 3 hours in the gym…I really don’t know what you all do in there for that long!) of course, no workout is a bad workout and its sure better than nothing, so if you can only squeeze in enough time for that 2 minute run…you do you! As for the timing of things, the easiest way I tell people to know when enough is enough is when you start to loose form. If your knees start to buckle, your back is arching more than normal or you can’t get that full extension…its most likely time to call it quits! Not only are you increasing your risk of injury, your muscles have done their job – they have been stretched and put under tension for as much as they can handle, you ain’t getting any benefits from working something that’s already out of work stage and is ready for some recovery! Unfortunately yet again I can’t give a definite time frame to the minute for this as it once again comes down to what you are training but as a rule of thumb…45 minutes is a pretty good start.