Who doesn’t want more time? Everybody gets squeezed at some point. But if you can find even 20 minutes, here are 6 tips to make that time in the gym count.
You’ll ditch the extended session on the treadmill and the long rests between sets. It’s possible to get in and out of the gym in less than an hour. Here’s how:
Perform active rest
Instead of sitting around in between sets get your heart rate up by performing exercises such as jumping jacks, runners, skaters, jump rope, etc. This is a great way to burn more calories and to combine cardio with strength training.
Incorporate big movements
Combination movements are super beneficial especially when coupled with active rest. Compound exercises are what make up the quick total body workout. Moves like the squat, the bent over row work multiple muscle groups to get the job done quicker. Swap your curls for some rows and give yourself more time in the day.
No need to spend what feels like an eternity on the treadmill to burn calories. Burn more and get ripped by pumping some heavy iron. Lifting heavy weight helps to turn your body into a fat burning machine leaving you burning fat long after your workout due to the excess amount of calories it takes after this type of exercise to return your body back to its pre workout state. After an intense short session the body will be working hard to do so for hours. Also, your heart rate will be raised higher for longer (burning more calories).
Keep rest periods short
For high intensity workouts, keep your rest periods to 30 seconds. Shorter rest periods keep the heart rate up—meaning you’re burning fat.
Save the steady state cardio for another day
You can perform your cardio on your weight training day off. Or you can turn your weight training sessions into a cardio workout by shortening the rest periods, and performing active rest.
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