Good strength programs will include two, maybe three primary lifts with one or two assistance exercises. The average number of lifts or exercises included in a session is three or four; there’s no reason that such a workout can’t be completed in an hour.
A good guideline is to try and complete each exercise, including warm-ups, in 15 minutes. More demanding lifts like the squat or deadlift can increase to 20 minutes.
One hour is a good guideline, but you can also work with 1:15 or 1:30. Your mindset going forward should be:
1:30+ — debilitating for recovery
1:15 to 1:30 — decent
1:00 to 1:15 — good
1:00 and under — great
I use gymboss interval timer to keep track of my rest periods and have it vibrate every 30 seconds as a constant reminder. How do you keep track of your rest periods?