How Long Your Weight Training Should Last

By: Tom McAleese, CPT, Sep 26, 2016
How Long Your Weight Training Should Last, Tom McAleese, CPT

What is a healthy amount of time to work out?

Generally, weight training workouts last about an hour. That includes:

  • 5 minutes of warm-up
  • 45 minutes of actual working out
  • 5 minutes of cool down
  • 5 minutes of stretching. 

Of course, depending on your fitness level, the intensity of your workout and overall goals, some may last longer. For the average person, an hour will suffice

Remember To Stay Hydrated.

Drink lots of water, up to a liter per hour while exercising (weight training or cardio). Going beyond an hour if you are working out very intensely or are a beginner can lead to dehydration and possibly excessive muscle tissue damage.

Never Forget to Stretch.

Stretching after a workout is very important. It helps relieve the tension in the worked muscle area and promotes better all-around flexibility and mobility. Not stretching after a workout can lead to muscle stiffness and excessive soreness after a workout, which over time can lead to injury. 

Tom McAleese is a Can-Fit Pro certified personal trainer since 2009 and Transportation Technology teacher since 1997. He is now the owner and operator of Diamond Fitness Personal Training in Simcoe, Ontario. Tom can be reached at: 519-410-2713 or