Sometimes you just want shorten your workout routine to get in and out of the gym as quickly as possible.
Lucky for you, that’s OK. Actually, it’s more than OK… sometimes it’s actually the best way to workout.
You see, when you shorten your workout and add spurts of high intensity and strength to your workout routine, you’re kicking up your metabolism and allowing your body to continue burning calories all day long.
Why quick workout routines are effective
You can burn more calories in less time. Quick workout routines should involve a strength component so that you can build muscle and burn fat at the same time.
Think about it this way: Why spend 30 minutes doing strength training plus 30 minutes on the treadmill when you can combine strength training and cardio into one intense and quick workout?
With quick and intense workouts, you’ll find that you lower your chances of getting bored at the gym. Also, you’re more likely to get yourself motivated for a workout that you know will only last 30 minutes.
Quick workout routines should involve a strength component so that you can build muscle and burn fat at the same time.
Why this workout routine will work for you
This workout routine will work all of your key muscles groups. You will burn a ton of calories and feel good about the time you’ve spent in the gym.
Take a quick look at last week’s post that outlines 5 strength training exercises for beginners because you’ll see most of them in this workout.
This workout is set up into sections. Each section will feature 2 exercises that you will alternate for 4 rounds (called sets). Do as many reps as you can in the amount of time listed for each exercise. Then, for each round try to match or beat your previous number.
Jumping jacks for 30 seconds/ Plank for 30 seconds Complete 4 rounds and take a 1 minute break after the 4th round
Shoulder Touch for 30 seconds/ Burpee for 30 seconds Complete 4 rounds and take a 1 minute break after 4th round
Sit up for 30 seconds/ Lying Leg Raise for 30 seconds Only do 3 rounds of this one!
Once you’ve completed this workout routine, be sure to drink a lot of water and a protein shake. Then, feel good about the rest of your day because you’ve gained back some time from your shortened workout and burned some extra calories. You are so freaking smart!
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