In as little as two hours per week!
Last year at this time I was doing a powerlifting routine for my training. It’s called a 5X5. This is largely due to the fact that, while using very heavy weight, you do five sets of five reps.
I had so much fun with that workout that I’m doing it again–well, sort of.
Because of my blood pressure, my doc wants me to drop a couple of pounds. I’m cool with that.
But what to do for training? I loved last years 5×5 so much that I decided to modify it for more aerobic activity.
I love the BIG three exercises.
- Bench Press
Using the same exercises (I replaced one day’s squats with Power Cleans), I switched it up to a 3×15 (three sets of fifteen reps). By resting no more than 30 seconds between sets, my heart rate is pumping, and my muscles are begging for mercy.
In addition, I placed two days of HIIT on the treadmill. High Intensity Interval Training gets me on and off of the treadmill in 25 minutes, and sweating like Seattle Slew after winning the Triple Crown.
What’s the point?
If you’ve been paying attention, I’m all about training for Real Life Fitness.
Notice how I took a training format that I enjoyed, and had fun with, and modified it to achieve current goals. Also take note that by including the compound movements (squats, bench press, deadlifts, and power cleans) that I am working the entire body.
Real Life Fitness also has to take into account time spent training. If you have the time to spend an hour in the gym, more power to you.
I’m very pressed for time, so the shorter the better. When preparing my current exercise schedule, I kept this in mind.
As I mentioned, my HIIT time on the treadmill is 25 minutes, with 5 minutes of stretching at the end for a total of 30 minutes.
My shortest resistance workout takes me 30 minutes to go through, including warm-up, cool-down, and stretching at the conclusion. The longest session is 35 minutes.
In & Out
How much time do you spend with your workout? Are you happy with that?