If you followed Men’s Fitness (@MensFitnessMag) and/or Muscle and Fitness (@Muscle_and_Fitness) on Instagram between March 2017 and October 2017, it was a daily (Monday-Friday) workout post in the mornings on Men’s Fitness and in the evenings on Muscle and Fitness. This was the HFP-produced “Today’s Workout” series.
I’ve been getting a lot of questions about it lately such as who it’s for and how it works. Well, it’s quite simple…
“Today’s Workout” was created to provide a quick, easy-to-follow routine that anyone can use was primarily based around the following criteria:
- minimal equipment available (not always)
- limited time to workout
- varying degrees of physical fitness (basic moves, if you’re expecting advanced aerobics or jumping, dancing, and prancing—you ain’t getting that here)
The workout is typically structured in a circuit format so you’re continuously moving which will keep your heart rate up and metabolism cooking up those calories. But, if you get tired, you can rest as you need. They are also done for 3, 4, 5, or upwards of 10 rounds. If you can’t do 10, or you only have time for 5. Then that’s what you do.
The workouts also target a few muscle groups (if not all muscle groups) in each workout so there is balance in the training. (Although, not always) And while these workouts can 100%, without a doubt, be a tough challenge, they aren’t entirely taxing to the body where you can’t workout the next day. Meaning: you should be able to recover and train everyday.
What inspired them?
While I’m a firm believer in following a calculated program for several weeks, it’s not always enjoyable, or even possible with my schedule. There’s a couple ways I use “Today’s Workout”
- Somedays I train 2-3 times per day. I’ll use them as a supplement to my regular plan. For example: I’ll do 3 rounds in the morning. Perform my normal workout in the evening. Then another 3 rounds as a finisher after that.
- My travel/hotel/on-the-road routines
- My stay at-home, or if I can only spent 15-20 minutes in the gym routine.
- Recovery weeks: if I’m taking a little break from the weight training I’ll use these.
- Off days. I don’t really practice complete off days. I can do a couple rounds here and there of these.
Is this for me?
If you’re not particularly a fan of following a complete program with advanced moves or complicated rules, etc. This is your non-complicated solution to working out everyday for building a good base of strength and keeping your belly flat.