Must-Read: Necessities for 15 Minute Workout
One of the ways that workouts can be stressful is simply the amount of time that they take. When you have the word workout rattling around in your brain, a lot of times it gets a little intimidating because of the fact that workouts are supposed to take a long time. Not necessarily. Sometimes, all you need is 15-20 minutes, and you can put together a perfect workout for what you’re looking to get accomplished.
And so today we’re heading on over to Men’s Health where they have a list of things you need to consider when you’re trying to get a workout done in 15 minutes. Among the pieces of advice they’re giving us is this thing to keep in mind:
1. Hit Every Muscle Fiber
If you want to tax every last fiber in your working muscles during a quick workout, use drop sets?three or four sets of one exercise performed without rest, lifting a lighter weight or performing a regression for each successive set. “Since each set gets easier, you can push yourself farther than you would if they were all the same, says Durkin. “It’s a surefire way to fatigue your muscles and get a serious pump.”
Try it for yourself: Perform as many plyometric pushups as you can. When your form starts to slip, regress to the standard pushup. Do as many reps as you can, and then regress to the T-pushup, and then to the pushup on your knees. “Push yourself to hit the same number of reps for each variation,” says Durkin. “By the end, you’ll have hit your fast-twitch and your slow-twitch fibers. Even the kneeling pushup will feel hard.”
So head on over to the link above to check out the rest of the tips in order to get yourself a quick and easy workout. And then get to working out, folks.
About Rick Mosely Rick is the editor for TSB magazine.