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How much time do you spend at the gym?

and what machines do you do?

I lost alot of weight two years back, but used to spend 3 hours at the gym 6 days a week. I don't seem to have that energy anymore (now that I have gained some back).

What is the norm?


Tue. Jan 27, 10:05am

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3 hours at a time?

At my best I get there 5-6x a week, no more than an hour at a time. At the very least I like to get here 3x a week, occasionally I'll go 70-75 minutes. I do routines that use weights and things like plyometrics, basics such as push ups, jumping jacks, etc. Those routines alone take 60 minutes and kick my a$$. It gets results (with proper, controlled eating - very important!)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 10:21 AM

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Yeah...three hours is way more than I could handle. I do about an hour and try to go 5-6 times a week (or if it is nice run outside at times). I just recently began adding weight machines into my workout...and am going to aim for 2-3 times a week strength training and then cardio the other days. But an hour max for me (or a little over an hour if I am moving slow).

Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 11:35 AM

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I used to do 3 hours... but no more. right now I am doing 3-4 x week for 1.5 each.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 2:05 PM

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I go for around an hour, 4-5 times a week. I either take a class (pilates or dance) that involves a lot of core conditioning, or I run on the treadmill. I usually run about 3 miles, plus stretch and shower. I try to do one longer run each week, as I'm training for a 10-mile run.

I never used to be a runner; it all started when I told my mom I'd walk a half-marathon with her. I lived in Chicago and it was winter, and I had no one to walk with, so I'd get bored on the treadmill and want to get the training distance done faster, so I'd jog parts of it. Bit by bit, I was able to string together longer and longer jogs, and now I can run several miles.

However, when I was actively losing weight (now I am maintaining), I really didn't exercise at all. It was all calorie-counting and portion control. I find it harder to lose weight when working out a lot, simply because I'm hungrier.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 2:59 PM

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3-5 hours per week, depending on my schedule.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 8:37 PM

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Around 3-4 times a week, for an hour.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 8:47 PM

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I'm shooting for 7 hours per week.... I think that's on the high end of normal.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 1:44 AM

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An hours is about right. It depends on intensity. I've done leg workouts in 20 minutes when I couldn't hardly walk afterwars. Short rest periods high sets etc. 3 hours is a long time. Thats in the elite athlete range.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 4:21 PM

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I go 3 times a week for an hour of warm up, strenth training and cardio. I top it off with 10 to 15 minutes in the sauna. I leave three to four day between workouts of any particular muscle group, which is about how long it takes for those muscles to repair.

Thursday, March 24, 2011, 1:30 PM

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Eating less takes a lot less energy than trying to work it off at the gym!
I spend 1 hour & 20 minutes at the gym every other day. That's 50 minutes on the treadmill and the rest of the time on resistance equipment.

Thursday, March 24, 2011, 3:14 PM

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3 hours at a time is WAY to much.
I go 6 days a week (5 if its a busy week)
I will go between 45 min and 75 min but I never do 75 min work outs back to back.

Thursday, March 24, 2011, 6:49 PM

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I used to go three times a week and do free weights for about 45 min and then cardio for about 30 minutes . Now that I have started running I usually make it to the gym for weights twice a week and I only do 45 minutes but I hop around or do other cardio between sets so that my heart rate doesn't drop and it is a cardio workout as well. I run 2-3 other days per week and it works quite well. But as other posters pointed out, the correct diet will have a much greater effect on your weight loss than exercise.

Thursday, March 24, 2011, 9:37 PM

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I go to the gym daily; only exception is when I am sick. The amount of time I spend there varies each day with how I am feeling and how much spare time I have that day. Most days I am there 30mins to 90mins. I always use the treadmill and elliptical. Then I switch it up a few days a week with using target muscle group machines. One day might be arms and back, rest the next, then do legs, rest, then chest and abs... etc.

Friday, March 25, 2011, 12:17 PM

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