One common question many people who are new to exercising ask is, “how often and for how long should I be working out?” Although it may seem like there’s a simple, straightforward answer to this question, there isn’t. And it will depend heavily on what your actual goals are. In general, if you’re trying to gain muscle mass, you’re probably going to want to do shorter workouts but lift heavy. If you’re trying to lose weight, longer workouts will be more beneficial. But that doesn’t mean go as long as physically possible. Let’s take a look. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

For Losing Weight

Weight loss is an interesting topic because there’s a lot of science involved in it. There’s never a one-size-fits-all solution for losing weight because everyone’s body is different. Chances are, there’s always that guy at the gym who seems to be making more progress than you even though you’re doing the same workouts and visa versa. Sometimes, you’ll run into someone that can’t seem to make any progress. Depending on how your body is built, losing weight could be really easy or really difficult. On average, however, you’ll want to workout at least 200 minutes a week if you want to lose weight. If you know you have a high metabolism maybe a little less. If you have a slow metabolism, maybe a little bit more.

For Gaining Muscle

If you want to gain muscle mass, you’re going to need to be lifting weights. Although running or doing other cardio will build some muscle, it’s not going to give you the kind of full-body workout that you’re looking for. It’s recommended that beginner weightlifters work out for about 30 minutes each session. However, it’s important to note that you shouldn’t be working every muscle group every day. instead, focus on one muscle group each day. This is important not just for targeting everything you need to in that 30 minute period, but it’s important because your muscles need rest. Of course, your muscles need rest when you’re doing cardio too, but this is a little different because it’s strength training.


If your goal is to both lose weight and gain muscle, you’re going to have to find a good balance between these two. Most fitness experts will recommend doing at least a light jog before weight training so that you’re warmed up. Then, after lifting weights, you can go on a run to help with weight loss. It can be difficult trying to make gains in both of these areas at once, but if you plan your time wisely, you should see considerable results.

Contact Fitness Specialists

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December 20, 2018 — Cain Chesnut