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How Long Should A Workout Be to Gain Muscle? Science Says 13 Minutes Could Do the Trick

from Elite Daily

This article is based on new research published in ACSM’s journal, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®.

What if I told you that you could do a strength training workout in half the time you normally do and still get just as strong? You'd think I was speaking of magic, wouldn't you? Well, friends, the truth is, the question of how long a workout should be to gain muscle really depends on how you're approaching the workout. Apparently, according to the results of a new study, if you're doing something the fitness pros call "training to failure," you might be able to exercise for a lot less time than you think. We're talking, like half an episode of 30 Rock. Yes, seriously.

The study, which has been published in the medical journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®, showed that it might be possible to to gain more or less the same muscular benefits with one brief set of a workout, rather than the traditional three sets. The one caveat, of course, is that you have to go at that set, like, really hard to make it count — so hard that you absolutely could not complete another set, even if you tried. That's the meaning of "training to failure." more


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