Hi guys, I'm definitely gonna be starting to get a good grip on my fitness when I start uni.
I'll be doing cardio, but on top of that, I'll be doing muscle training. My goal is to get bigger arms. I'm not looking to get ripped though.
So how long would each gym session roughly last?
I could do 30 minutes of cardio, followed up by some barbell bench presses, but the thing is that I see people on here in their blogs, talking about doing many other exercises in the same session. So what other common exercises/workouts do you do?
There seems to be such a big variety of things to do!
A session can take anywhere between 45 minutes up to 2 hours. It really depends on how much you feel like doing and how far you are able to push yourself. I personally take about 1½-2 hours, although, I go as hard as I can and try to push my body to past my limits. As the guy above me has suggested, if you're interested in doing cardio regularly, do it after your workouts.
My routine goes as followed:
Monday: Chest + Triceps
Tuesday: Back + Biceps
Wednesday: Day off
Thursday: Legs + Abs
Friday: Shoulders (sometimes I'll do chest with shoulders too on this day)
Sunday: Day off
They last between 'quite short' and 'quite long' and you should aim for somewhere inbetween
Well, as a pure cardio man (I use the gym to supplement my distance running) I do a 25 minute run, literally getting faster every minute till i can barely breath. Then 10 minutes rowing, then 10 minutes on the cross training thing. So it takes about 55 minutes if you include the water breaks and the odd stretch. But I do high intensity work outs in the gym, if you're going to go slow, it'll take longer.
My only advice for you is to make your aims as clear as possible, stick to them, reach them and then set new ones.
Train your whole body. I made very slow progress doing my own routine but I started seeing real strength and size progress when I hopped onto a tried and tested routine. Do Stronglifts 5x5 or SS and add in some arm work at the end of your session.
Have you considered HIIT for cardio? You only have to do 15-20 mins of it for it to be effective. They recommend doing it like 2-3 times a week only as it can be hard on the body.