Unless you’re a pro athlete, you have ZERO business performing long, gruelling workouts.
In fact, training longer than 45-minutes can sabotage your progress by disrupting your body’s ability to recover by increasing your stress hormones.
Continue on this cascade and your ability to lose fat, get stronger and feel vibrant is severely diminished.
It is a little-known but scientifically proven fact that you will lose more fat, gain more strength, and increase your conditioning levels by performing shorter, more “intense” workouts.
In a study done by Heden, et al., subjects were put on a simple resistance training protocol – 10 exercises (full body) for either 1 or 3 sets.
One-set resistance training elevates energy expenditure for 72 h similar to three sets. European Journal of Applied Physiology. Mar. 2011.Vol.111. Number 3:477-484.
The researchers measured post-exercise energy expenditure 24, 48, and 72 hours post- workout. Both groups showed an elevated metabolism of around 100 calories per day.
One group did 1/3 of the work and still burned the same number of calories post-workout… you can actually get the same results or better by working out less – A lot less.
It sounds absurd, I know, to think that doing LESS can get you better results, but there’s a simple and overlooked scientific explanation why you’re not getting the results you want from your training…
You Need More Recovery.
Yes, it’s really that simple.
What most people don’t realize – and what most trainers forget – is that it’s not about how much work you can do…
…It’s about how well you RECOVER from the work you’ve already done.
If you can’t adequately recover between workouts (which most people can’t) then you won’t see the results you’re looking for. It’s just that simple.
And that explains why…
- You’re not as lean as you want to be
- You have excess fat around your belly or can’t seem to get rid of your belly fat
- You’re not as strong as you know you should be or as strong as you once were
- No matter how hard you work, you still can’t get those last 10lbs off
- The harder you work, the more your body seems to do the opposite of what you want it to do
- You seem to make progress for short periods of time and then get injured or lose your motivation or both
- You can’t ever seem to get enough sleep and always feel tired
- You keep forgetting where you put things like your car keys or your glasses and waste valuable time looking for them only to find them in your jacket or on top of your head.
- You can’t seem to kick those annoying little late-night habits like foraging in the kitchen for something sweet
- Your sex drive isn’t what it once was
Are you experiencing one or two or even more of these stress-related symptoms?
Since you’re still reading this, I’m guessing the answer is “yes.”
Well don’t worry if you are because there’s a simple reason you just can’t recover…
Points to Remember…
- Training longer than 45-minutes can sabotage your progress by disrupting your body’s ability to recover by increasing your stress hormones
- RESEARCH PROVES that actually doing less can get you the same or better results that doing 3x more.
- It’s not about how much work you can do… it’s about how much work you can RECOVER from.