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Time Crunch Circuit Training

Posted on February 25, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Circuit Training- More Bang for your Buck

How often when you are pressed for time do you feel like it is your workout that is pushed to the back burner? Instead of axing your workout completely, why not give circuit training a try? Circuit training involves picking 8-12 exercises for different muscle groups and doing them in a non-stop fashion. By doing these exercises without taking any breaks, you can achieve pretty significant gains in just 20 minutes 3-4 times per week. For an additional challenge, you can add cardio intervals, which will further elevate your heart rate and thus burn more calories. Here is an example of a workout you can do at home in less time than it takes to watch your favorite sitcom. Do every exercise 12 times. At the end of the circuit feel free to repeat it up to 5 times.

• Push ups

• Chair dips

• Squats

• One arm dumbbell row

• Biceps curls

• Lunges

• Shoulder press

• Plank holds

o Jump rope 2 minutes

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2 Comments

Reply Veronica Robinson
4:44 PM on July 12, 2010 
Hey girlie. I'm going to try this, but first, what's a Plank Hold an dwhat does a one arm dumbbell row look like?
Reply Krista Edwards
8:17 AM on July 13, 2010 
Plank holds are where you simply hold yourself up in push up position. To add a challenge, do the plank hold on top of a ball, such as a medicine ball, basketball, etc. One arm dumbbell rows are where you take a relatively heavy weight in one arm and put the opposing arm and knee on a bench. Your upper body should parallel the ground with your back flat and chest out. Pull the dumbbell up towards your hip, keeping your elbow in close to your body. It is the same motion used to start a lawn mower, thus some people call this exercise lawn mower pulls :) Have fun!

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