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What???s the Ideal Workout Duration?

Posted on 18 August, 2017 at 15:05

What’s the Ideal Workout Duration?

Your OPTIMAL workout session

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At RYPT I’m always looking to cut through the nonsense and provide a factual assessment to save you time.

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Nobody wants to spend more time in the gym or working out than necessary and too much will make you averse to it.

As much as I love the gym, I have my limits too.


So what is the optimal time in gym?

In my opinion / experience, less is more. The object of gym work is yo fatigue the muscles quickly but in a healthy manner!

Muscles overload quickly if you know for to train them smartly so it doesn’t take hours.

In my experience, the most effective thing you can do is to change a gym plan – NOT spend longer in the gym.


For a beginner, three gym sessions per week is optimal! The recovery will be much longer until the body adapts. Structured sessions of 45 minutes is ideal (ratio of cardio to resistance depends on individual).

Only once you’re in a scenario of lifting weights frequently, would I advise 60 minute sessions. Even at three times a week (and with or adding supplemental cardio) is ideal.


From there, depending on enjoyment, I would suggest either maintaining or increasing (if indeed, the gym is for you). If you don’t enjoy it, then you have opportunity to change it adjust as necessary. At the end of the day, never do what you hate! Forcing yourself to do something is a sure way to fail as it simply won’t last. Sure, some of us have an element of stubbornness that will remain but it’s not a healthy relationship to keep.

The key to a good gym plan is to structure cardio and resistance (depending on time / goals). I rarely do both in the same session but structure them so they are highly targeted sessions (eg a body part(s) or a particular type of cardio training either steady state or high intensity).

Periodisation (or changing the plan frequently) will help to improve your strength, fitness and / or endurance depending on your style of workouts.

My primary concern in the gym is to get in and out quickly! Headphones in and train. You may be different, perhaps the social setting is important or you train with friends. You need to find what motivates YOU!

RYPT is designed to help you, it’s about pushing you to enjoy your training and get better guided results through personalisation and structure.


At the end of the day, I’m here to help you get fitter, faster and for less expensive than you may think….

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