What to do if you’re pressed for time

My plan the other day was to go to the gym to run and strength train.

Problem: my parents are visiting and, long story short, my dad would’ve had to wait 1-2 hours at the gym.

Solution: combine cardio and strength training for some circuit training!

Circuit Training

That was the routine I did. It took 30 minutes and I burned 404 calories. Woo!

This particular workout doesn’t have a whole lot of moves that combine different muscle groups but those kinds of exercises burn the most calories and save a lot of time.

For example: A squat can be combined with a bicep curl and a shoulder press. This way you’re working your whole body with technically only move. How much time is saved by doing this one move for 12 reps instead of each individual move resulting in a total of 36 reps. Your whole body is working harder due to the weights and the continual movements as well so you’re burning more calories.

Sounds good to me!

Adding in spurts of cardio every now and then also helps to elevate your HR so you get an even better workout.

The routine can even be modified for whatever level a person is whether they be beginner, moderate, or advanced. All you need to do is increase or decrease the amount of effort you put into it.

Choose the resistance band appropriate to your level and dumbbells that are the right weight for you.

*DISCLAIMER: I will not be held responsible for any injuries that may occur while trying the exercises found on my blog. Always consult your doctor before trying a new kind of exercise. Always always always listen to your body and stop if you feel pain. Injuries are no fun.*

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About Katie St. John-Shin

I believe in living life and not letting it pass you by. I mean, come on, if you really want to do something but don't have the courage to do it so you let the opportunity disappear, you may regret it for the rest of your life. How can you know what you're capable of unless you go for it? Like every writer, I naturally plan on becoming a world-famous writer. I love reading, writing, fitness, coffee, watching my favorite movies/shows, listening to music, and trying new things even if they're sometimes terrifying. I'm a stay-at-home mom, a writer, and a POP Pilates instructor. I didn't think I'd succeed at that last one but I did it! I confronted my fears, dealt with things I didn't want to deal with, and completed the training! POP Pilates classes are coming soon to mid-Nebraska!

Posted on March 13, 2014, in Fitness, Personal and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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