People preparing for bodybuilding competition often spend long hours in the gym, but that’s not true for the average person who may find short workouts better. For both groups, the number of hours spent isn’t as important as your intensity and how well you use your time. If you spend an hour and a half at the gym, but twenty minutes was resting between exercises, forty minutes was spent talking and only a half hour was working out, you’ve actually done a short workout, but wasted an hour in the process.
Speed and intensity make a big difference.
While speed and shortening the rest between exercises are two ways to save time, doing actual exercises fast may not be to your benefit. When you’re doing strength training, going extremely slow will help activate your muscle fibers and you’ll get more from each move. You can also focus more on your form if you take this part of the workout slower and get more from each move. Getting more from each move can actually save you time.
Short workouts using HIIT or other types of circuit training make a difference.
HIIT—high intensity interval training—is a great way to cut the time spent in the gym. It actually gets better results than steady state workouts. It’s a technique that modifies the speed and intensity throughout the workout, so you work at maximum intensity for a minute or two and then change to a recovery pace for the same amount of time or longer if you’re out of shape. Circuit training has you moving from one exercise immediately to the next, shortening the rest time between the two.
Short workouts require more focus and keep your head in the game.
You’ll be more intense when you know you have time constraints and a limited time to get your workout completed. That can be beneficial to maintaining focus. Rather than letting your mind wander or slacking off during the workout, you’ll be forced to stay focused, since it’s easier to notice when you’re wasting time.
- If you don’t have to spend an hour or longer each time you workout, you’ll no longer have the excuse that you don’t have time. In fact, you can even break your workout down to sections, done throughout the day, as long as each one is ten minutes.
- Having good form and doing a shorter workout can help prevent you from overdoing and actually injuring your muscles. If you do a short workout, it minimizes the potential of overworking muscle groups.
- Shorter workouts don’t trigger your appetite as much and make you ravenous. You’ll be less prone to overeating if you do shorter workouts throughout the day.
- Short workouts not only build your focus and allow you to maximize your efforts throughout, boosting your metabolism, they also reduce the chance of losing steam by the end of the workout. I’ll create a workout that’s perfect for you and your goals to take the guesswork out.
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