Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Free-Tip Tuesday Volume XLV: Training On a Budget (Time)

Not having enough time is a common excuse many use as to why they can't 'workout'. Here a few strategies to deal with this supposed barrier....

1. First, realize less is more. Hip-Hinge, Squat, Push, Pull, Done. Stop wasting so much time with isolation exercises and endless weight machine circuits and focus on these compound movement patterns which make each lift a total body experience.

2. Get coached on how to perform and set up a bodyweight strength circuit that targets the whole body and can be done anywhere....at home, in a hotel, at a park. Our 'Circuits' class at PGH KB is a great place to start!

3. Utilize complexes. Complexes are simply a series of exercises(usually 2-3) strung together without ever setting the weight down. Squat/Press. Clean/Squat/Press. RDL/Bent-over Row. Your heart will be pumping out of your chest in no time!

4. Utilize intervals. Short periods of high-intensity bursts followed by shortened rest periods. Seen often in our 'KB Blast' and 'KB Endurance & Mobility' classes, one might perform 5-8 rounds of kettlebell swings for 20 seconds followed by 20 seconds of rest. A few minutes of this and you'll wonder why you ever wasted 30 minutes on a treadmill!

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