“Exercise for Weight Loss” is an article series detailing the most successful exercise strategies that can be used to assist in speeding up the weight loss process, and help you end-up with a sleek, toned physique once your body weight gets down to your goal-weight. 

How long should you train for?

One of the common questions one gets asked when talking about training for weight loss is “How long should I be in the gym for per session?”. This is actually not a difficult question to answer, although the answer may not be as obvious as some people make it out to be.

You’ll usually hear something like “You shouldn’t be in the gym longer than an hour” (or however long that person thinks is good).

But the real answer is that if you want to get results from your training, then you need a programme that gets tougher over time, and as such, if your current session takes thirty minutes, then your following sessions should take longer, because they are harder, and therefore require more rest between sets (or more distance if you’re a cardio person).

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The only exception here is if you are training to complete a certain workload in a particular amount of time. In this case, the workouts will get harder because you need to complete the work at a higher and higher pace to meet your goal. In this case, you’ll train for as long as the goal demands.

The biggest issue to address here is that time is not the defining criteria of most workouts. Getting the work done successfully is the thing that needs to be achieved. So take as long as you need to get the work done, and you’ll get results.


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