I’m all about being smart with my workouts and getting the most from them! Here is a little 30 minute work out you can use to get into shape!
Pre-Gym: Jog a mile to the gym. If you live close to the gym, set up a circuitous route that will end up at the gym. If you live far away, park a mile away and jog to the gym. You’ll arrive warmed up and ready to work out, and the post-workout cardio will guarantee increased fat burning once you’re done lifting weights. Unfortunately our apartment block has a gym inside, but this doesn’t mean I can’t run round our complex.
Minute 0 to 5: Spend just a few minutes stretching out the muscles that you are going to work. You have already warmed up your legs by jogging, so stretch the rest of your body. Stretch your back muscles, your chest muscles, your arm muscles, and your shoulders. Just do simple stretches that will get the muscles warm, and get ready to work.
Minute 6 to 15: Do a quick circuit of nine exercises, with just 10 to 15 seconds of rest between each exercise. It should take you less than a minute to do each of the following exercises:
Bent over rows
Overhead dumbbell extensions
Leg extensions or leg curls
Important: Do each of these exercises with proper form, and remember:
4 to 6 reps: Build strength and size
12 to 15 reps: General fitness
20 to 25 reps: Fat burning and muscle endurance
Minute 16 to 25: Once you have completed this circuit, do it all over again from start to finish.
Minute 26 to 30: Do exercises to tone your core muscles, such as:
Just spend a few minutes doing these core exercises, and head out the door to jog back to your car.
With these exercises, you are hitting every muscle in your body repeatedly for an excellent workout.
Bench presses, military presses, and overhead extensions all use pressing movements, which work out your chest, triceps, and shoulders.
Pull downs, bent over rows, and bicep curls all use pulling movements, which work out your back, biceps, and shoulder muscles.
Lunges, squats, and leg curls or extensions all work out your calves, quads, hamstrings, and glutes.
The core exercises will hit the underused back, oblique, and ab muscles, strengthening your core.
See, in just 30 minutes, you can get the perfect full body workout to help you get in the best shape of your life. Do this routine three times a week–doing cardio workouts the other three days–and you’re guaranteed to lose weight, build muscle, and get fit. I like to mix up my exercises through doing my own work out like this one in the gym, or crossfit, walking the dogs, running. Don’t get bored in your routine as your body will get bored also.
If you want, you can take more time to do the workout. You don’t have to pack your routine into 30 minutes, but you can fairly easily. You’ll find that it will be a simple thing to lose weight and get in shape with this circuit training routine, and it will give you the very best results from your time at the gym!
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