Making the time for an express workout

As a great relief to many, you don't need to exercise for hours a day to lose weight, feel great, and get in excellent shape.

I personally implement a half-hour training protocol with my clients with fantastic results.

Get in, get out - that's the plan. Start with a brief warm up to get the blood flowing and pick 2-5 exercises that focus on total body movements or use the bigger muscle groups, like squats, push-ups, pull-ups, etc. Perform the exercises in a circuit form with little to no rest between sets until you have completed the number of desired sets, or until you reach your time limit.

The following is an example workout you can do anywhere with no equipment needed:

• 25 bodyweight squats

• 15 push-ups

Modify push-ups if necessary by executing from knees or against a wall. To make it harder, try putting your feet up on a bench or lift one leg in the air.

Do the previous circuit as many times as you can in 20 minutes, and make sure you have some motivating music on to drive you to the end. Just think that when you're done, you're done! Most of all remember, to have fun.

This workout can be modified by shortening the length of time which is recommended for those with little to no exercise experience. This workout is not for everyone.

Corinna Maggy is a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist. She can be reached at Mountain Riders at 324-9900 or corinna@mtn-riders.com. The information contained within Health Matters is not a substitute for professional medical examination, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult your physician before starting an exercise program or beginning any nutritional regimen.

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