The answer? Simple: 42
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Da nortland. Yah.
Who says you can't go over 40 minutes without being beneficial? IMO, it's a bunch of BS. 75 minutes is about the longest I've heard before you start getting diminishing returns. 90 minutes, and you've done tapped yourself too much.
Of course, factors need to be taken into account:
- Experience of the weightlifter
- Body composition/type (ecto/meso/endo)
- Type of workout (is it a HIIT, PowerLift, SuperSet, or Poser workout)
- Nutrition of the person
- Other things to which I'm forgetting about, and I'm deliberately leaving out "supplementation" whether it be legal or illegal
For myself, my typical workouts have ranged around 45-75 minutes not counting cardio when I did that. My warm-up sets are included in this, and are about 65% of what my last set's weight will be.
Given that information, I will say that I've had my best results when I'm training for a specific reason such as a competition or when I was going for my Black Belts. If I was just working out to workout, such as for general fitness, I was kind of lazy and didn't put as much effort into my training. So, my results were slow to appear. My current routine is a 3x/week PL/Oly workout. I've had PHENOMINAL results from it. Why? Because I'm super dedicated to it, I'm training for a reason, and I've shocked the shit out of my body on this training cycle. Who knows what my coach has in store for me after this one, as he said this is just the beginning. For the record, I've also packed on over 10 pounds since I started this routine.
Corey, here's my take on your situation. Don't worry about anything beyond eating right, and supplementing with nothing more than Whey protein, multi-vits, vitamin-C, Zinc, Magnesium and glucosamine. Add in creatine if you want, if it gives you benefits. If not, don't use it.
Stop worrying about what prohormones, or 'roids, HGH or whatever others may or may be taking. Train until you plateau, and then figure out where and what you need to break the plateau.
I've been working out for a number of years now, and have continued to gain without taking any hormones, 'roids, HGH or anything that's supposedly a "super gainer." It's pretty much been nothing more than what I mentioned above: Multi-vits, creatine, protein, zinc, magnesium, Vit-C, Omega-3, glucosamine and periodically some extra iron.
You're in your mid 20's. You've got a lot of years to go yet before you'll reach your max potential. When you've capped your potential, then look beyond.