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How long should a workout last?
Sadly the prevailing theory for some people is still the old 45 minutes or else theory.While there are a few studies done telling you that you should only workout for 45 minutes or else your muscle wasting hormones rise, those are faulty at based. Numerous factors play into hormone release and you can’t isolate a group and expect everyone to get those results. That theory is stupid.
Much of the common knowledge about workout length comes from old eastern European literature that showed the athletes trained for about 30 minutes multiple times per day. That had nothing to do with the training and more to do with the sports coaches wanting to govern their athletes lives.
My best advice is to tell you to head to the gym with a plan. Work the plan and if you still feel like you can train a little long and want do, then go for it.
My workouts last between 45-60 minutes depending on what bodypart I’m training and if I’m doing any extra aerobic activity.
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