Effective Exercises

What are the most important things you need in a workout? The two that will give you the most bang for your buck are time-efficient, effective exercises. We’re busier than ever and most of us don’t have an hour or more to work each muscle group 2 to 3 times a week, as well as fit in another hour of cardio, as the guidelines suggest.

The good news is, you don’t need hours to get in a quality, total body workout that includes cardio, strength, balance, core, and stability training.

These exercises are exactly what you need to work your entire body in a short, intense workout. These moves:

  • Target multiple muscle groups – The more muscles you work, the higher the intensity and the more calories you burn both during and after your workouts.
  • Functional – Your muscles don’t work in isolation in the real world, so why should you work them that way in your workouts? These moves mimic the real-life activities we do on a regular basis, from picking up groceries to pushing open doors while our hands are full.
  • Efficient – Any time you can work more than one muscle at a time, you shave off precious time from your workout, making a busy schedule one more obstacle you can cross off your list.
  • Intense – If you’re short on time, the one thing you want to focus on is intensity. The harder you work, the greater the afterburn.

 

Suggested Workout

You can take these exercises and add them to your usual workouts or, if you really want a challenge, put them all together in a killer circuit workout.

 

Precautions

These are advanced moves, so watch yourself and be sure to see your doctor if you have any conditions, injuries, etc.

 

Equipment

Dumbbells, a kettlebell (use a dumbbell if you don’t have one), and a resistance band.

 

How To

  • Start with at least 5 minutes of cardio to warm up.
  • Do each exercise for 30-60 seconds, one after the other, and try not to rest between exercises.
  • Repeat the entire circuit once for a shorter workout, or up to 3 or more times for a longer, more intense workout.
  • End your workout with a cool down and a stretch.