There are so many things that we need to do and what we want to do. So the question remains, how to stay fit or even gain progress in the time we do have?
- Get it done first thing
- Have a solid plan to follow
- Choose a schedule you can personally achieve
My number one answer is short, effective workouts. I have another answer but we will get to that in a minute.
I do have a disclaimer though. I said short, effective workouts and quick workouts do not mean easy. Let me repeat. Just because it’s quick does not mean it’s easy. You will work to gain that progress.
But short, effective workouts are going to save you and yes, you can still gain progress without spending hours and hours in the gym. I’m in the fitness industry and I am not a gym rat. I don’t have time for it and I know that you don’t either. So I know for a fact that you can stay lean in just a few short workouts a week.
One option is high intensity interval training. We will cover this in depth on episode 1 so if you missed it, be sure to listen in….but here’s a sample of what I mean. The workout starts with a nice 2-3 minute warm-up. Then you go into the “work stage” of the workout where you push yourself to almost max for a minute. It’s immediately followed by a “rest stage” where you rest for a minute.
Even if you don’t have 20 minutes to get that quick interval workout in, there is always the option of a Tabata workout.
The Tabata workout lasts only four minutes, but is one of the longest four minutes of your life. The structure of the program is:
- Workout hard for 20 seconds
- Rest for 10 seconds
- Complete eight rounds
Tabata training can be done with just one movement. You can choose squats, Burpees, speed skaters and do that one movement at your maximum intensity for 20 seconds. Rest for 10 seconds and then do this again until you complete 8 rounds, up to 4 minutes.
The challenge with Tabata is doing maximum intensity for those 4 minutes. You didn’t challenge yourself enough if you aren’t completely spent after those 4 minutes