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    Workout length

    Hey everyone!

    I've been trying to get into shape and i have made some progress during quarantine but, I have limited equipment and it feels like my workouts are getting longer and longer. The max i have spent is 2 hours but I'm averaging at 1:30-1:45. I'd like to keep it at an hour or 1:15 maximum but I don't feel i would do enough work to cause muscle growth in that time. I'm on a P/P/L routine and try to do 3 exercises per muscle. If it helps here is my equipment:

    - Resistance bands (You can clip more than one band together to the handle to increase resistance. The bands are 50lbs, 40lbs, 30lbs, 20lbs, and 10lbs. Also came with the door attachment and ankle straps.)
    - 1 set 35lb dumbbells
    - 1 set 25lb dumbbells
    - Pull up bar

    I'm unsure If maybe I'm doing the wrong kind of exercises or something. All I know is that working out for 2 hours is too long for me. Does anyone else have this issue? I could really use some advice / guidance.
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    I try to do a FB routine twice during the week. I can go straight from a push to a pull to a leg and back to push pull legs after a brief rest. Horizonal push, horizontal pull, leg push, vertical push, vertical pull, leg pull, then some accessory work. Limited time is my main problem. I'm unproductive resting between sets if I'm doing a PPL. I used to reload shotgun shells between sets during quarantine, but now I have work and another source of income* calling me throughout the day.

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    Do fewer sets, fewer exercises, or less rest.

    I spend at least 1.5 hours, but that's cuz I take my sweet time between sets. If you do 5 exercises, average 3 sets each, with 3 minutes rest and 1 minute sets, that's 60 minutes. In reality you can superset some exercises to save time, but you'll have some warm ups also.

    Example:

    Push:
    Horizontal push, vertical push, SUPERSET side delts, fly, triceps
    Pull:
    vertical pull, horizontal pull, SUPERSET additional pull of choice (pull down, pullover, etc) rear delts, biceps
    Legs:
    Squat variation, RDL, SUPERSET sissy or hack squat, nordic curl, calves or hip abductions

    For me workouts tend to get longer for a few reasons. 1, I'm getting stronger and want to save energy for future sets, so I rest longer. 2, I think of additional exercises I'd like to try but can't bring myself to eliminate others.

    1 is fine if you have the time for long rests but it isn't necessary for muscle gain. 2 could be good if I need prehab exercises, but I definitely don't need 3 versions of bicep curls every workout.
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    Originally Posted by booster232 View Post
    I'm unsure If maybe I'm doing the wrong kind of exercises or something. All I know is that working out for 2 hours is too long for me.
    Given the extensive detail you gave about your exercises, I'm also unsure. Although at 2 hours you may be doing some junk volume.
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    Originally Posted by booster232 View Post
    I'm on a P/P/L routine and try to do 3 exercises per muscle.
    Definitely don't need 3 exercises per muscle. If you really like all 3 exercises you could rotate them for a couple months each till you stall, then do the next for a couple months till you stall, etc.
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