Part of the problem that I see and that is contributing to the unrealistic expectations is people like John romaniello pushing 15 minute workouts.http://www.romanfitnesssystems.com/blog ... m-workout/
Notice in 15 minutes, he's covering:
Superset 1 – Big, Heavy Compound Movements. These exercises involve multiple joints and muscles, so you’ll be strongest here. The heavy weight force you to recruit fast twitch muscle fibers; these recover quickly, so rest is kept brief.
Perform 5 sets of 5 reps using heavy weight, resting 30-45 seconds between exercises. After your last superset, rest 30 seconds and move to superset B.
A1) Neutral Grip Chin-Up
A2) Neutral Grip Floor Press
Superset 2 – “Moderate” Compound Movements. These exercises are more isolation based, but still recruit other muscles. In this case, in addition to hitting your bis and tris, both of these will hit your shoulders and traps, helping you beef those up as well.
Perform 4 sets of 8 reps for each exercise, alternating with only 10 seconds of rest in between. After your last superset, proceed immediately to superset C.
B1) Barbell Drag Curl
Superset 3 – High-rep isolation movements. This last superset is going to be as close to isolation as you can get while still providing maximum muscle building variety. Both movements work the target muscles intensely; however, they also put a lot of mechanical stress on the muscles of the forearms. This superset will help complete the look of you arms by developing the lower arm and strengthening the grip.
Perform 2 sets of 15 reps for each exercise, alternating with 20-30 seconds of rest in between. After your last superset, proceed to the mirror and flex for 2-3 minutes.
C1) Zottman Curls (dumbbell)
C2) Reverse Grip Overhead Triceps Extensions (barbell or cable)
If anyone can complete this workout in 15 minutes, I want to meet him.
Kpj, I still do 30 minute workouts. I'm not arguing against them. I'm arguing about unrealistic expectations.