Striking for time efficient workouts in 2010


One thing that won't change in 2010? Our time-crunched schedules. We're busy and we don't want to waste time with long, boring workouts. The result of this trend will be shorter, higher intensity workouts.


How To

  • Warm up with 5-10 minutes of light cardio (walking, marching in place, etc.)

  • Perform each exercise one after the other for 30-60 seconds, modifying as needed.

  • Complete all ten exercises for a 10 minute workout, or repeat the series 2-3 more times for a longer workout.

  • Cool down with 5-10 minutes of light cardio and stretching

  • Sip water throughout the workout

  • Monitor your intensity - RPE should be between 6-9.




Squats with Overhead Press  
Holding medium-heavy weights just over the shoulders, squat as low as you can and do 3 slow pulses, only coming halfway up.  On the 4th pulse, stand up and push the weights overhead.  Repeat the series for 12-16 reps.
















Squat Thrusts
Stand with feet together.  Squat down and place your hands on the floor next to your feet.  In an explosive movement,  jump feet backwards into a push-up position, jump feet back between hands and stand up.  Perform 6 reps, briefly recover, repeat 6 more times. 










Froggy jumps
Squat to the floor and, in an explosive movement, push up from the floor, jumping up in the air and tapping your heels together. Land with bent knees and go back into your squat to prepare for the next jump. Repeat for 10 reps, rest for a few seconds and repeat.


Side to Side Lunges
Hold a medicine ball or dumbbell and take the feet wide, toes slightly out.  Lunge to the right, sitting into the heel and taking the weight towards the floor.  Press back up and lunge to the left, repeating for 1 minute. Try to squat as low as you can, keeping the knee behind the toe and squeezing the gluteus.
















Alternating Chest Press
Lie on a bench or ball with medium-heavy weights.  Start with elbows bent and press the right arm up over the chest, leaving the left arm in place.  Lower the right arm and then press the left arm up.  Continue alternating arms for 1 minute. Repeat











Wall Sit with Chest Squeeze
Hold a medicine ball (or just press the hands together if you have no equipment) and slide down the wall until your thighs are parallel to the floor while squeezing the ball.  Hold this position and keep pressure on the ball as your straighten the arms out in front of you and slowly pull them back in.  Repeat the chest squeezes in and out for 30-60 seconds and stand up.

















Front Raise with Triceps Extension
Sit or stand and hold light-medium weights at your sides. Keeping the palms facing each other, lift the arms up to shoulder level and then continue to take the arms up overhead until the arms are next to the ears. Bend the elbows and lower the weights behind the head. Straighten the arms and sweep them back down, repeating for 1 minute.







Deadlifts with shrugs

Stand with feet hip distance apart holding dumbbells facing thighs. Tip from the hips and lower upper body towards the floor-back flat, knees slightly bent and dumbbells close to the body. Squeeze butt to raise up and, still at a slight angle, shrug the shoulders up towards the ears. Lower the shoulders and repeat, alternating deadlifts and shrugs.














Crazy 8 Biceps Curls
Hold medium-heavy weights and curl the weights up for 8 reps.  For the next 8 reps, start at the bottom and curl halfway up.  For the last 8 reps start at the top and lower halfway down.  Repeat the series one time.















Pushups/Side Planks
In pushup position (on knees or toes), perform one pushup.  As you come up, shift weight to left arm, twist to the side while bringing the right arm up towards the ceiling in a side plank.  Lower the arm back to the floor for another pushup and then twist to the other side.  Repeat for 30-60 seconds.


This short workout alternates dynamic, total body strength moves with high intensity, high impact power moves so you focus on both strength and cardio.


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