Creating a Short On Time Workout Session that Works

carolynhansensitness.comLet’s face it, most of us are finding it harder and harder to squeeze everything into our demanding modern day schedules.

That includes our exercise routine. There will always be those times when life just gets incredibly busy and you can’t get your workouts in. During these times, it’s helpful to have a back-up plan in place; a workout that you can turn to that’s incredibly fast paced but yet will still work the body efficiently and effectively.

As long as you are structuring things correctly, it is definitely possible to get a complete awesome workout in just 10 minutes time.

Using your time the wisest, and to get the biggest payoff for your time, you’ll want to focus on the most compound movements possible—squats, deadlifts, lunges, bench presses, bent over rows, and shoulder presses.”

Adding to that equation, you’ll want to focus on performing one maxed out set with all the energy you can muster. Doing this ensures that you are able to push your body hard enough to see results even if you are just doing one single set.

You’ll also want to keep your rest periods short using either a circuit training approach or a super-setting approach and you’ll be all set.

Although this is not quite effective as a full workout may be, it is still getting you moving in the right direction and always a better choice than skipping over your workout entirely.

No matter how much time you have, you can get your workouts in…10, 20, or 30 minutes there is a program that allows you to get your full workout in.

To help you get started, I’ve included a sample 10 Minute Workouts:

Workout A

Perform the following series of exercises, doing one after the next and aiming to complete as many reps as possible in a one minute time frame. If you need to stop and rest at any point throughout that minute, do so, but pick right back up again as soon as possible.

  • Push-Ups
  • Squats
  • Bent Over Rows
  • Lunges
  • Shoulder Press
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Step-Ups
  • Bicycle
  • Mountain Climbers
  • Plank Hold

Workout B

Perform each super-set of exercises, doing one after the next with no rest in between.

Once both are finished, rest for 30 seconds before repeating and aim for 12 reps per set. Then repeat the superset 2 times before moving onto the next pairing.

  • Chest Press
  • Squats
  • Deadlifts
  • Bent Over Rows
  • Lunges
  • Shoulder Press

The important thing to remember in order to achieve the best results possible is to stay committed and focused on changing around your workouts often. The more often you change your workouts around, whether it’s shortening up the rest, adding anew exercise to the picture, using a slightly higher rep range, (if you were using eight reps for instance), and so on, the faster progress you’ll see.

Our bodies are quick to adapt to workout protocols, so it’s the changing level of physical stress that ensures that you experience constant and continual progression.

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