Finding The Best Total Body Workout

I’m busy, you’re busy. The whole world is busy, right? So with a full-time job, a husband, PTA and three kids, how is a girl supposed to find any time to workout? It’s rough but it is possible and you will still be able to have some kind of a social life to boot! This little workout will need fewer than ten minutes per day. Unbelievable, right? No, it’s the truth. Read on, girls, read on.

How To Lose The Most Weight In The Shortest Amount Of Time

interval-training-total-body-workoutKnowing how to do a quick and dirty workout routine will not help you very much if you’re not able to lose any weight by doing it. That’s a recipe for failure right off the bat. The latest research tells us that using something called interval training in either cardiovascular workouts or weight lifting is the best and quickest way to make good use of our time. When I first heard about interval training, though, I have to confess that I was really turned off by the idea because if you don’t at it 100% you might as well not even bother. But I’ll get back to that in a little while.

Interval training is based on stages of effort and stages of rest. Here are two different ideas which I’ve found which deals with this:

  • The first type of interval training deals with stage of effort. So, something as small as five minutes at a rate of 50% effort can have a great amount of impact. Consequently, four minutes at a rate of 75% can have an even greater impact. Now this kind of training is a great way to keep up your heart rate but that’s not the best way to get your body to actually burn fat which is what you want it to do.

  • I now wish to introduce you to the concept of using something called Tabata intervals. This original training methods has you use 20 seconds of effort and 10 seconds of rest. This is the training method that the Japanese speed skating team used in order to improve their overall performance by almost 50% in just one month.

Using Intervals For A Total Body Workout

This article will deal with only using the Tabata method of interval training. Using this method will help you to greatly increase your endurance, build muscle and burn fat faster than just about any other workout routine which is currently in use.

There is no question that cardiovascular exercise is good for your heart and will help you lose weight. No question but a total body workout using the Tabata method will utilize all your muscles. If you use this method you will be able to perform all the exercises at a rate of 100%. This is a much more effective way to exercise than doing the same thing over and over again until you simply can’t do it anymore.

The Ultimate Total Body Workout

total-body-workoutWhen you are doing a workout like this, keep it simple. Don’t let yourself get caught up in all the latest theories having to do with weight loss and working out which proliferate out there. The simplest things are most often the best. If you stick to doing exercises that you know how to do and which you know will work, you will be way ahead of the game. These exercises are simple but they work. You will be able to gauge how much you are progressing simply by looking at the way your body is changing. The differences will be subtle at first but stick with the program and you will see great improvements in as little as one month’s time.

By sticking to three exercises you can make sure that you know how much you are improving.

Do the exercises in this manner:

Warm up: This should take you only about five minutes’ time but you need to get all your muscles warmed up properly. If you are in a big hurry, then simply do a minute or two of jumping jacks or a very rigorous stretching program.

Workout Routine

  1. Running in place for about thirty seconds of more if possible. Be sure to bring  your knees up as high as possible (above your hips).jogging-on-spot
  2. Sumo Squats: do ten repetitions of these. Once you’ve hit the thirty second mark, put your feet a bit wider than your shoulders and point your toes outward. Squat down making sure that your knees do not go out farther than your toes. This is an important part if you want to develop your lower body. Do these as quickly as you can while still maintaining proper form and control.sumo-squats
  3. Burpees: What? you’re asking…. Yes, burpees. Do ten repetitions of these. But what are they, you are asking! Well, you squat down and put your hands on the floor and jump back into a pushup position. After you do a pushup, bounce your feet back into the starting position and jump straight up into the air. This is, believe it or not, an incredible workout in and of itself.burpee-workout

Once you finish your burpees, you can rest for about thirty seconds. Then you start the workout all over again and do four more cycles if you’re able!

Final Thoughts

This workout is a great way to start on your whole body workout. If you’re able to maintain this workout at least three times per week, you’ll see amazing results in no time. Guaranteed!

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