It’s a fair question, and I do not compete in the sport of powerlifting, nor do I intend to in the near future. I have said, in pretty much any conversation I’ve been part of on this website, that I am merely a “guy that lifts some weights for enjoyment and self-satisfaction.”
With that said, along the way I have advanced to a sufficient level that I feel qualified to loosely comment on the pursuit of strength, or at least a few aspects of it. Enough to know that some things people speak of in absolutes are not as absolute as they are presented.
Yes, that is literally from the time I walk into the gym to the time that I leave (or, more recently, the time that I walk into my garage to the time that I walk back inside), including the time it takes to put on my shoes if I’m squatting.
This is (kind of) arguing against a strawman. I did not say that it was optimal or that the world’s elite coaches would program short workouts. I am pushing back against the belief that one cannot “get far” with workouts of only 45-60 minutes - especially beginners.
EDIT: not that it’s any skin off my back, but the reason I think this is especially important is that frankly, tools like you are what push people away from the sport. Telling a novice lifter that’s been training for 2 months, with a 205 pound squat and 245 pound deadlift, that workouts 45-60 minutes are not going to cut it is not especially helpful. This guy can easily add 100-200 pounds to each of those lifts over the next 12-18 months without spending more than 60 minutes in the gym. Once he gets a little further along, he can start worrying about what can take him to the Elite level. But this shit just pushes people away.
Would you like to have a forum-wide vote on which of us is more likely to act like an asshole?