Efficient starting strength workout

Workouts Shouldn’t Take Long | 1 Hour Starting Strength Workout

Stop wasting time in your workouts or making excuses to not train because it "takes too long". Starting Strength Coach Grant Broggi takes you through a Squat, Press, and Chinup workout that only takes 1 hour.

Last week, Diana and I were back in California visiting family. It was a perfect Southern California weekend. Clear skies and 70 degrees.  You really could not have ordered more perfect weather. It was a short trip; we were only in town for a few days and we had a lifting clinic on the books for Saturday.

corona del mar

Was I really going to be a complete psychopath and spend time lifting in the gym?

Wouldn't I prefer to spend time with family and enjoy the Southern California Sunshine?

Yes and Yes.

I did think about skipping my training... but only for a brief moment. When I tell lifters that lifting should be just as important as eating and sleeping, I mean it.  Training should be a part of your week. Every week.

Getting off track is a slippery slope. Trainees often have the best of intentions but over time, they find themselves missing workouts, gaining body-fat, losing strength, and end up frustrated because they are not where they want to be.

One of the reasons this happens is because most lifters waste so much time in the gym. The workout becomes something that takes hours to complete, and is therefore dreaded.

The rational becomes, I'm only in town for a few days, I don't want to spend 2 hours of it in the gym.

I get it. Totally. So what I'm telling you is to stop wasting time in the gym and stop taking your training so seriously!! Training should be hard. And yes, you should be a little nervous getting under the bar. Weight training needs to be respected.

heavy squat

But every session does not have to be your personal best. Every session does not have to start crazy new training cycle. You can go into the gym, work really hard, and get out within an hour.

Will it be your best session of all time? Probably not. But it will be way better than skipping workouts for two weeks and becoming frustrated with yourself.

With all that in mind, I went to the gym on Sunday morning at 6:30 AM while everyone else was sleeping. I trained hard, yet I was finished within an hour and back in time for morning coffee with the family.

Was it my best session? No. But I prioritized my training and got something done.

I do not think most lifters know how hard it is to push themselves to get a lot done within an hour. You will be totally gassed. So, I recorded my whole workout and showcased what that type of session looks like.

I hope you find it useful next time you need to get a workout done quickly.

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