I was eating dinner with some friends the other night
when one of them – a young lady – asked me how long
a workout should be.
Apparently, that whole “workout for an hour” thing still
She goes to a Gold’s Gym and she was told by one
of the “trainers” there that she needed to do 30 minutes
of cardio before her weight training.
I of course then went off on a long diatribe on why this
is not only faulty but destructive programming which
just left her shaking her head in disbelief.
Ultimately, I told her, it depends on her goals.
And that’s the case for you too.
Well, that and –
1. What you’re actually WILLING to do.
2. What you CAN do.
Many people say they want to do this that and the other
but then never follow through.
Because they’re not actually WILLING to do what they
need to do to achieve that “desire.”
And then there are other limitations –
What they actually CAN do.
They have either physical, emotional, or technical
limitations that keep them from reaching their goals.
For example –
Have a bum knee that doesn’t fully bend.
Or not having access to an extra kettlebell.
Or going through a life-changing experience like a divorce
that leaves them anxious/angry/depressed.
Assuming you have zero limitations other than maybe
a tight schedule, you can get an amazing amount of
work done between 20 and 45 minutes in as little as
3 days a week.
That’s a pretty small investment when you consider that
each week has 168 hours, don’t you think?
I think the “Average Joe” or “Average Jane” should be
able to make significant progress working out 3 days a
week for “only” 30 minutes.
Sure, it’s not USDA or whatever guideline, but it’ll get the
Because somehow, apart from money in the bank, this
crazy world has confused “more” with “better.”
For example, there’s been a video circulating on the
interwebz about a Phys. Ed. program from a California
high school back in the early 60’s.
These kids were all muscular, strong, and ripped.
A far cry from the kids you see today shlubbing
through the malls texting each other.
Their program was 15 minutes, 5 days a week. Total
workout time: 75 minutes.
Here’s another example:
My friend, Dr. John Sullivan, a 60-something year old
with about 5% body fat (seriously – this guy is ripped)
actually gets “all” his cardio done in workouts that take
no longer than 12 minutes.
Last time I checked, he does a maximum of 2 of these
types of workouts a week.
His strength training workouts are similarly brief – about
You might be thinking, “Sure, that’s great for an old guy
Dr John can climb a rope with just his arms while holding
his legs in an L-Sit.
How ‘bout you?
The take home point here is this:
You don’t need super-long and / or extra-complicated
workouts to get the job done –
To achieve your goals – whatever they may be.
Especially when you have a well-planned program that
lays out each and every workout in a methodical fashion.
The “STRONG!” program does just that.
You can get a “great” workout AND make substantial
gains in strength in just 3 days a week in only 20 to
30 minutes, tops.
If you’re really strapped for time, take the “One” program
for a spin – 3 days a week – 10 minutes each workout.