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Duration of weight training sessions

There really is no limit on the duration of a weight lifting session, considering that one can handle lifting weights for a limited amount of time.  This varies from person to person and depends on the person's strength. The idea behind an effective workout is to push oneself beyond the stage where one feels tired and give it an extra set. The goal of weight lifting is to weaken the muscles so that they can rebuild.

Duration also depends on what you're trying to accomplish with your weights.  If you plan to hit all the major muscle groups in one day (not recommended) the sessions will be longer. If you alternate muscle groups on consecutive days, your workouts can become shorter.  If you lift twice a week, hour-long weight training is necessary. If you lift every day concentrating on different muscle groups, then 20 to 30 minutes are plenty for efficiency.

Circuit training requires a longer session, of about an hour.  Remember that weightlifting will only give you what you put in.  If you want to reap the benefits, don't just go through the motions.



Circuit training

Another weekend ahead: Try something new and challenging! First, learn all you can about circuit training and then try it.