How Long Should I Workout For Optimal Gains? #LLTV


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What is the optimal amount of time for your workout session?

Today’s Live Lean TV episode is all about how long your workouts should last?

If you’re serious about getting your best body ever…and I know you are…you should have goals for every single workout.

Of course the following typical workout goals should already be outlined in your workout program:

– a specific # of reps

– sets

– and weight

…and by now Live Leaners, I hope you have invested in a properly designed workout program. If you haven’t, I highly recommend you make the commitment to your body, your health, and your sexiness…and invest in my 12 week Live Lean Afterburn workout program. It has been getting so many Live Leaners incredible results. Just go check out my success stories page for proof.

Alrighty then, now that that is cleared up’¦let me ask you…

Are your workouts to long?

If you’re following one of my workout programs, you have nothing to worry about since the majority of my programs are designed to be completed in what I call the “beast zone”.

The beast zone time frame is between 50-75 mins  ’¦and on the rare occasion up to 90 mins.


Workouts that last longer than that can be counterproductive because of a hormonal shift in your body that actually fights against optimal gains and recovery.

In other words, you’re working against yourself. 

When your workouts last longer than 60 mins…

…the stress hormone known as cortisol begins getting high, which SHUTS DOWN muscle anabolism, and your immune system starts taking a beating.

So before your next workout, set your timer.

If you truly are working out at the intensity required to get your best body ever, you really shouldn’t have anything left in the tank after 60 mins.

If you do, you’re probably spending more effort trying to get that girls number than making gains.

And I know what you’re going to ask’¦

What if you need more time to finish your cardio and weights during the same workout?

If that’s the case, split it into 2 workouts, one in the morning and one in the evening.

Trust me, it’s much better for gains and recovery than spending more than 90 mins during one session.

Lets get a conversation going in the comments below’¦how long do your workout sessions last?

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Questions For You:

– How long do your workouts typically last for?

– Do you train in the “beast zone”?


Be sure to share your answers in the comment section below and share this post with your friends via the social media icons on the side or below.




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0 responses to “How Long Should I Workout For Optimal Gains? #LLTV

  1. I been working out for the last month and a half I been doing good but I do
    40 minutes cardio and one an a half lifting !! Maybe 2 is that okay ?

  2. What if I work out for 3hrs wieghtlifting? I know you said 90 mins an hour
    and a half but I dont feel tired or fatigued I can still go on, on the
    other hand im not sore the next day, like when i did when i first started
    so I feel like I constantly have to do more, plus im not seeing results, my
    question is do I still just go for 90mins, but with higher reps and higher

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  5. do you have any videos on what type of sport shoe to wear or any good running shoe will do when exercising? is there a specigic way to tie your shoe laces when running, lifting weights, etc. or are these factors not important when exercising?

  6. I been watching all your vids GREAT stuff. I have learned alot! But can you please post a vid or two on the CHEST.

  7. I keep my workouts at about 40 minutes. I use mostly KB’s and my heart is pumping the whole time. Any longer than that is a waste of my time.

  8. lol. I’m afraid I’m not beastly enough – I generally try to go hard for 30 minutes doing weights. That’s if I have little time. If I have more I go an hour but not as intense (Take breaks between things). If I am doing “cardio”, I do intervals for 20 of stuff like mtn climbers, burpees, j-jacks, jumping over a box which sometimes causes me to fall lol, etc…and then skip intervals 15 mins at the end. My hubbs usually goes an hour and is soaked … and his BF% is likely much lower than mine!

  9. I love my running breaks when I can do quicker HIIT on crosstrain days but with marathon training fueling is SO important for this very reason regarding timing!

  10. great video again, brad! i must tell you – your videos are awesome and part of the reason i love them is that they’re just a few minutes, packed with information, and itz even cooler you recap them in writing on the blog. love sharing your info with my followers! 🙂

  11. @GirlRozzy it depends on how intense the mountain biking is but typically that would be fine. If you’re worried about muscle breakdown, be sure your protein intake is up and consider supplementing with BCAAs

  12. I have read other article like this that is why i limit my workout to 1 60 mins where there are short rest time between sets. Im planning to take amino acids, when is the best time to take it?

  13. My weight routine is usually longer than 60 mins. I have Graves’ Disease so my heart rate is already high. So I have to rest longer between sets because of my heart rate. Weight routine plus tabata 3-4 times a week is usually around 90 mins. On days I’m feeling good I can bust it out in 60 mins.
    Am I wasting my time if my workout is too long then?

  14. normaly i do a workout for 2 hours and 12 minutes Tabata Workout at the end ,

    iam always thinking that 60-90 minutes are too less for me :/ maybe i should rethink about it ……..

  15. I walk for an hour in the morning. Lift weights for ~60 minutes at noon and do cardio/sprints for 30 minutes between 4 – 6 PM.

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