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What is the Ideal Length for My Personal Training Session?

Nov 28, 2017

When it comes to the length of a personal training session, is there such a thing as “too much” or “too little?”

Of course. As with most things in life, balance is the answer.

Undertraining, obviously, will not yield results. Overexertion can lead to injury.

The ideal length for your personal training session depends on a few factors, namely:

  • Your budget
  • Your experience level
  • Your schedule
  • Your goals

Do you want to lose weight? Build muscle? Individuals who have experience are at somewhat of an advantage, and can make more progress in less time. For those who are new to the game, structured exercise requires more guidance and instruction, more time to recharge, and a complete initial assessment by a personal trainer.

The industry standard seems to be an hour, give or take your warm up and cool down times. That being said, many people lead harried lives, and may not think they can devote the time and/or budget.

But consider this:

An hour session for a person of average weight typically burns 500 calories. If weight loss is your goal, you must burn at least 3,500 altogether to shed just one pound of fat. That means a 30 minute session would require almost two straight weeks of daily visits to the gym or studio.

Also keep in mind the importance – particularly for beginners – to alternate cardio and strength workouts. It is absolutely essential to allow for rest days in between. Proper sleep and a nutritious diet are tantamount to any personal training session’s success. There is absolutely no point in hitting the studio every day if what’s going on at home doesn’t complement these efforts.

A normal session at Fitness Together Ellicott City is 45 minutes. Trainers encourage their clients to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to a session for warm up. Our clients are also welcome to tack on up to 30 minutes of cardio for fat burning. Given these caveats, Fitness Together studio sessions can last anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes.

The standard commitment is typically 3 days a week for results. This, of course, depends on your personal fitness goals. The more you attend, the faster your progress.

Clients are also assessed every 6-8 weeks, which gives us enough time to gather and review statistically significant results for most individuals.

Ask yourself this question. Is my health and vitality worth a few hours out of my hectic schedule?

Once you’ve determined your answer, give Fitness Together Ellicott City a call. Our certified personal trainers are ready to help you do and be your best, no matter how long it takes.


Schedule a complimentary fit evaluation so we can get to know you and your goals and build you a customized training program to reach them.