The real issue that I have with cutting a workout short is this…
I see a direct correlation between the length of a workout and the intensity level needed to accelerate fat loss and lay down lean muscle tissue, positive hormone changes, etc.
What’s the problem?
Well, as a professional, my right mind has issues with telling a beginner to go blast themselves through a high work capacity style training session in 20 minutes. You have to earn the right to train like that. You have to prove to me that you are technically proficient in your exercise technique. You have to prove to me that you can lift heavy things (db’s, kb’s, bb’s, etc) while under fatigue.
I have other criteria but I think you get the idea.
To be honest, this is my current beef with Cross-Fit. It’s cookie cutter for everyone. Very little assessing of movement quality before being thrown into a 15 minute high intensity work capacity training session (this is just my experience around these “extreme training” style trainers and gyms). From beginner to advanced, you are going to perform the workout of the day despite your training age, abilities, technical proficiency in high risk lifts, etc…
Some of these people are not even close to being ready for the kind of intensity and work needed to create change in that short of a time span. Sure, I could write-up a workout for anyone that could bury them in less than 5 minutes. That’s no joke. But anyone can do that. That’s just making someone else tired. That isn’t training them for the long-term or educating them on the process of what it takes to lose fat and keep it off.
I can’t advocate that.
It’s mindless and it isn’t safe.
So at some point I have to draw the line. A person needs to be realistic with themselves, especially someone new to resistance training and some of the modalities that we coaches are finding the biggest return on. You have to be willing to find the time or adjust your schedule to make the time to train. You have to be willing to learn and groove things like the squat, hip hinge, core stability, etc.
Are your weekends open? Saturdays and Sundays? Don’t forget the weekend doesn’t discriminate 🙂
I design short training sessions as a solution, not an easy out.
There are people out there who are legitimately pressed for time for themselves.
Example: A lot of the surgeons who I work alongside are seriously hard pressed for time. They get up crazy early, make rounds on patients, operate, go to clinic, then get out of the office around 6-7pm (commonly later) and have a family to come home and spend time with. This is a common issue for a lot of people who are entrepreneurs, businessmen and women, etc.
They need solutions.
Time effective workouts are their effective solution.
Just remember, there is a trade off for a short workout.
Have an AWESOME WEEKEND.