We are all tight on time. It's a challenge that prevents a lot of us from fitting in our workouts but is also something that can be overcome. I always tell my clients to get away from the idea that you need to dedicate a full hour to the gym. It doesn't have to be this large chunk of time out of your day because let's be honest; we'd rather be hanging out with friends or planning our next trip to Europe.
When I created my Virtual Training Studio, I kept this in mind. All of the classes we teach are 30 minutes long and go on before 7:30 am. This way nothing can prevent the workout from happening and we are forced to stay focused since it's such a short time block.
My programming is all about total body work and I do this because I want to help you maximize your time with me. I want you to get the best result from working the shortest amount of time. I want you to go harder for shorter. Here are three combination moves to add to your fitness routine this week. Expect to see these moves come up during class if you're a member of my Virtual Studio too!
#1: The Squat to Overhead Press: Also known as a thruster - Rack the weights at your shoulders. Squat low. Stand and squeeze your glutes. Then press the weights overhead targeting your shoulders and back. Repeat 15x. This works everything and gets your heart rate up. Go at a medium pace and watch yourself in the mirror to ensure proper form.
#2: The Plank Row: Bring one medium sized weight to the ground. I use 15's. Set it on the mat underneath your chest as you come up in to a single arm plank. Grab the weight wight your free hand and row the weight to your armpit, squeezing your back and your abs. Slowly drop it back down and switch arms. Repeat this 20x. This is an amazing upper body and core exercise and challenges your entire body!
#3: The Burpee: Obviously! The ultimate at-home burner. Hands go to the floor. Kick your feet back as you drop your chest to the mat. Push yourself up into a high plank. Pull your feel back in landing hip-width apart. Stand and jump! Then go right back into it. Time yourself for 1 minute. How many did you do? Beat your rep count for two more rounds. The burpee hits all the major muscle groups + spikes your heart rate which will help to torch calories.
These are my favorites and find them to be the most effective when you're tight on time. Members love to hate me for these moves since I always find a way to make them even more challenging by adding fun extras! What can you do to maximize your fitness efforts this week? Everything counts, but be smart if you're limited on space and time. Don't waste time or overthink it. Remind yourself of all the positives that can come from a great workout. You got this!