How Long Do I Need To Workout For?


This is one of the most common questions I receive from my athletes at StoneWay CrossFit and also athletes online.  The average days per week an athletes trains is three days.  The average length is thirty minutes.   But the real question is, “How long do you need to workout daily to qualify it as a workout?”  You will always get an opinion from someone in the room when asking this question but there is only one answer to this question.


If you look around you there are gyms on every corner for athletes to lift weights or run on treadmills, there are running and bike lanes in your city with runner and riders but there is not one answer to how long and how many days your are suppose to do all of the above.  But the question still lingers.


If weight loss or weight gain is your goal then how much and how long really does matters.  But what if you are just wanting to be active?   You want to be able to do more than you are doing right now.  You are not trying to win a marathon nor are you trying to place 1st in a local weight lifting competition.  So we are getting closer to the answer that we all want to know.  How long do you need to workout for it to qualify for a workout?


The next important topic is about “Intensity.”  Intensity: the quality of being intense!”


Did that all make sense?  Let me elaborate more.  Intensity is something some people are intimidated by simply because they are relating to someone else’s intensity.  The best way I explain this to my athletes is by letting them know that they are not allowed to compare themselves to others intensity.  The way you know if your intensity is high in your training is based off two things, heart rate and breathe.  Now they come as a team not one by itself.  If intensity was based on heart rate you could simply be stressed one day and have a high heart rate.  That would not mean your workout is intense.  They way you know you are working hard is that it’s a hard workout.  If at anytime you think,”This isn’t that bad” then you aren’t working hard enough.  The moment you say,”This stinks” definitely defines your workout as intense.


So, what is the definition to todays discussion, “How long do you need to workout daily to qualify it as a workout?”  Your workout is all defined on you as an athlete.  If you make the effort to go to the gym, track, etc and you push yourself hard for minimum of 20 minutes your workout is long enough.  If you walk/jog for 60 minutes and you don’t feel exhausted then you aren’t using your time efficiently.


4 rounds

1 minute Jogging

1 minute Push-ups

1 minute Sit-ups

1 minute Lunges

1 minute Rest

(20 minute workout)

Try this workout today.  Count how many steps you take, push-ups, sit-ups and lunges (each leg) and then repeat this workout 1 month later.  Be sure to push yourself hard but remembers to slow it down if you ever feel light headed, dizzy or nauseated.

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