One of the biggest misconceptions is that you need to work out for hour upon hour to get the results you’re looking for. Truth be told, I’m usually in the gym about 12 hours a week … but I only spend about 90 minutes, maybe two hours (max) a week lifting (the rest is made up of classes and cardio).
So, how is it possible to get the sculpted muscles you’re longing for in such a small amount of time? It’s all about being efficient. The best way? Combine several exercises into a circuit, ending with a cardio burst. I like to do two or three exercises, hitting different body parts with each set. This gives you time to recover the other muscles you are working, while not wasting time completely resting.
For example, I might do something like this:
- Circuit 1:
- Overhead dumbbell press (Shoulders)
- Bicep Curl (Biceps)
- Lunge (Legs/Cardio)
- Circuit 2:
- Bentover Row (Back)
- Tricep Kickback (Triceps)
- Burpees w/Pushups (Chest/Cardio)
Essentially, you want to choose two or more exercises with a burst of cardio at the end. Some options for your cardio bursts, in addition to those listed above, might be:
- Mountain climbers
- Reverse Lunges
- Bench Hops
- Anything else you can think of that will get your heart rate up!
The key to saving time is the burst of cardio at the end – this will add an element of interval work, which helps you burn even more calories, not only while you are still in the gym, but throughout the rest of the day, as well (even when you’re sleeping!)
So don’t waste your time … get in, get moving, and get strong in no time!