Spend HALF as much time in the gym and TWICE the results!
It’s funny, someone asked me if I even workout because they’ve never actually seen me in the gym. The truth is while I would love to work out for hours every week, I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve. These are some of the same things I use personal training.
I’m here to help save you some serious time.
You don’t have to spend half of your day working out to get results.
Your workouts should be adaptable to fit your life. Not the other way around!
These are tried and true methods I use myself to save time so I can get back to what’s really important to me.
When working out it’s important to take time to rest between sets so your body can recover. Instead of idly standing by, shuffling through your playlist and checking yourself out in the mirror, why not cut your workout time in half with a good superset?
A superset is grouping noncompeting exercises in pairs with no rest between the two exercises. During your resting period after your first exercise, you perform a set of your paired exercise before going back to the top. This allows you to recruit more muscles without causing fatigue and slashes your workout time by taking advantage of these resting periods.
A good example of a superset could be as simple as pairing bicep curls with triceps extensions or a pushup with a lunge.
Make sure you allow your breathing to return to normal before performing your next set
A combo is two exercises performed with the same weight where one exercise is performed and immediately followed by a complementary one. Key in creating an exercise combo is using a weight that’s appropriate for the move you’re weakest on and ideally the moves will flow together and train different muscle groups.
An example of a combo exercise pair is the renegade row
To perform a renegade row you would take two lighter dumbbells and assume a pushup/plank position holding them with your palms facing inward.
After you completed your set of pushups, you would then immediately flow into performing rows all while holding this plank/pushup position. You could perform 3 sets of 8-10 reps of each exercise and then hold the plank position for 30-60 seconds before repeating.
Circuit training can be simplified as performing one exercise after another with little to no rest in between.
Try to use compound exercises like the lunge, pushup and hip thrust so you’re using as many muscle groups as possible.
An example full body circuit could be an upper body movement, like the push up, a lower body movement, like the lunge and a core exercise, like the plank all performed in succession possibly with some good rap music, or pop (I don’t discriminate!)
This one needs little interpretation. Although not ideal for everyones goals, especially if you’re going for strength.
Get your Richard Simmons on and stretch!
What are some of your favorite things you like to do to save time? Go ahead and share! I’m not getting any younger!