How often do you hear people go to their gym and boast about spending 2 hours at the gym? You may even see people at the gym doing two to three back to back classes. While their intentions may be good of getting the physique they want, it really is fruitless spending hours at the gym because it can hinder their progress in a big way.
Unless you are a professional bodybuilder, it should not take you more than an hour to complete your workout. People often mistake training longer for harder as the way forward. If it takes you longer than an hour to workout, you are either moving too slow or doing too much in one workout. Tips: Workout 1 big body part and 1 small body part per workout (like back and biceps). Complete no more than 3 to 5 exercises per body part, 3 to 4 sets per exercise. Take no more than 1 to 2 minutes break between sets.
The other mistake you may be making is squeezing in too many workouts. Overtraining is a sure way of derailing your long term gains in the gym. When you overtrain you end up breaking down your body faster than it can repair itself. When you rest is when you grow, and people don’t realize how long they have to rest. Listen to your body and if a muscle is aching don’t work it until it stops.
Final note, It’s better to train for a smaller amount of time with higher intensity. Not only will you be saving valuable time, but your body will be performing at its best.