For those of us who love strength training, a workout lasting an hour is something that we love and enjoy! However, just because we train for longer does not mean that the results will also be necessarily better. Infact, if you can do the same amount of work with the same weight in a shorter time, then you can actually get better results. The concern however is that trying to cut down on your workout time would mean cutting down on the rest time between sets, and thus possibly also on the weight that you can lift. But what if I told you that it does not have to be so. What if I told you that you could build more muscle, get better conditioning, and spend less time while doing so? Yes, it can be done! Let me explain how you can cut down your workout time by about 1/3 rd, without compromising on the results.
Before I proceed I would like to say that I am talking about training with heavy weights where you take about 2 1/2 minutes rest between sets. I am not referring to the "pump" style training where you take about 30 seconds between sets to maximize the pump. When you train with heavy weights in the 5-12 reps range you would usually take about 2 to 3 minutes between sets to recover.