By DeLano Daniels, fitness contributor, Pin Fit
One of the questions that I’m most frequently asked is, “you must spend all day in the gym to look like that?”
The answer to that question is a big fat “NO.”
Believe it or not, I spend maybe one hour a day working out to maintain my body; you should do the same.
On a typical day I’ll spend 30 minutes doing resistance training (weights) and another 30 minutes doing cardiovascular work.
Since I work in a gym, I get to observe the average person who will spend 2 or 3 hours in the gym; why?
Depending on your goal you should not do more than one hour of resistance and one hour doing cardiovascular training; anything more is overkill and quite unnecessary.
The average person does not realize that there is such a thing as over-training. There is no need to spend 3 to 4 hours in the gym to achieve the body you want.
Here are a few signs that you are over training: the body no longer changes or makes gains, lack of energy to start the workout, the targeted muscle group is always sore from the previous muscle group, getting sleep is difficult or spotty, lack of energy to get through a normal day, and in some cases, anxiety.
As you can see, over training is very very real. It’s great that you’re making time to hit the gym and you’re concerned about your results, but you will never get the desired results by over doing it.
Depending on your goals, for someone who is not accustomed to resistance and cardiovascular training, I would recommend splitting the hour evenly for the two phases, while my recommendation for someone who knows their way around the gym would be an hour of resistance training and another hour of cardiovascular work, again, depending upon the goals set.
Make sure you know what the goal of the workout is, get in, and get out. There is a such thing as “too much of a good thing.”
About DeLano Daniels
After many years in health and fitness and enduring some of life’s hardest trails, DeLano Daniels launched his own fitness company Pin Fit in 2012 to help motivate, inspire, and guide individuals who are wanting to change their lives. Not only is DeLano a certified personal trainer and nutritionist, but also a sponsored athlete, natural bodybuilder, writer, and college graduate. When DeLano isn’t training for shows, he can be found training individuals for special occasions, personal goals, fitness competitions, and most importantly better overall health and wellness. For questions regarding fitness, nutrition, or training, contact DeLano at firstname.lastname@example.org or 832-775-3590.
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