Apologies in advance if I posted in the wrong category – this looks like the best fit to me.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the pros/cons of shorter/longer workouts. I love Dorian’s philosophy on training to and beyond failure, then allowing the body adequate time to recover. The sandpaper analogy makes perfect sense. He’s said that in his heyday he trained 4X per week, usually for 45 minutes at a time – which doesn’t sound like much, but obviously can be plenty if you push it in your workouts like he did.
However, I don’t have a training partner to help with spotting/partial/forced reps (and pushing me, which is key), and I also don’t have the safety of machines, as I work out in a home gym. So I’m wondering: is it still possible to apply the Arthur Jones/Mike Mentzer/Dorian philosophy of “extreme intensity” to training? Would that be beneficial?
One anecdote that especially got me thinking about this: I usually work out for 75-90 minutes. Today my wife arrived to pick me up at the gym (today was one of the rare days in which I have access to a gym) and mistakenly got there 30 minutes early. Not wanting to make her sit in the car (good husband award, I know), I told her I’d be out in 5 minutes. Knowing I only had those 5 minutes to work with, and I wouldn’t be stretching out my energy, I channeled everything into those final sets and absolutely crushed the rest of my workout.
As I walked out, it really felt like I got more out of those 5 minutes than I normally would in the final 30. So maybe a 30 minute workout can be more effective than a 90-minute one, despite the difference in volume.