4. Limit your workouts to an hour and take the time to complete your workouts
You may have heard that you need to keep your workouts to an hour maximum or your cortisol will spike and you will catabolize. The myth can be traced back to an Olympic strength coach who wanted more control over his athletes. It also conforms to the common pattern of personal training sessions in commercial gyms, further preserving the myth.
If this myth is true, farmers, construction workers, and whatever means long hours of physical labor don’t make the strongest people in society.
Cortisol is neither the catabolic demon it is portrayed as in acute post-workout doses (long-term elevated stress hormones can be detrimental to our health), nor should we if our training needs and schedules demand more Limit training time to under an hour.
According to Feldman, “Cortisol rises briefly after a workout because strenuous exercise puts stress on the body. The post-exercise increase in cortisol doesn’t hinder your muscle or strength gains. Additionally, in both groups Taking more time to rest in between (which leads to longer training sessions) is more beneficial for gaining bigger and stronger muscles.
What’s more important when choosing a workout length is balancing how it best fits our work and home life, our overall training needs to optimize progress, and our ability to recover from training. If we don’t get enough sleep, energy, and recovery from training, we risk injury and poor progress.
judgment: Don’t arbitrarily limit your workout to an hour.
The ancient path is full of training wisdom. They are also a minefield of pointless practices. Challenging old beliefs while continually seeking knowledge will help you make the best progress in your training.