Researchers have found that fitness enthusiasts can reduce the time
they spend working out by two-thirds and still achieve the same results.
A study involving male weightlifters has suggested it is counter-productive
to spend hours exercising.
Those who exercised less saw significant decrease in body fat.
The study focused on 16 students aged 19 to 23, who already worked
out regularly. They were split into two groups. Both carried out
upper-body training three times a week for eight weeks. One group
did one set of eight repetition: the other did three sets of the
At the end of the study both groups had improved "significantly"
in terms of muscular strength, said researchers from the health
and exercise science unit at the University of Glamorgan in Pontypridd,
Wales. Report author Dr Julien Baker said
"This study indicates that it is counter-productive to spend
hours at the gym, and that a shorter work-out can achieve exactly
the same results."
Our research focused on upper-body strength training, but these
results may also be true for other types of exercise. Lower-volume
training might also help lean tissue growth because it limits