Being no fan of long, drawn out workouts I have always been the type of girl that gets in, gets it done and moves on. In the past year or so I have taken an even more serious approach to this habit as I found my love for training dwindle even further away than I ever expected.
"Love" is not the word for how I feel about scheduled training in case anyone forgets. I liken exercise to brushing your teeth. You don't brush your teeth because you love brushing your teeth. You brush them because they feel good afterwards and because you don't want them to rot. That is exactly how I feel about formal exercise.
So it should come as no surprise that I have found ways to make the most out of the stuff I wish to spend the least amount of time on.
My latest victory? Legs in 20 minutes. Seven different exercises, 17 sets total. Ladies, your legs WILL feel this in the morning.
First circuit: Romanian Deadlifts (10), Jump Squats (squat down, explode up, repeat 8-10 times), Leg Curls (8 to 10). Do three sets of this circuit with only minimal rest in between those sets. When picking your weight, your last repetition should be a tough one to do.
Second circuit: Single Leg Deadlifts (10 each), Weighted Duck Walk (squat down and walk like a duck while holding a dumbbell between your legs - it looks funny yes but it works! Do 15 steps forward and 15 steps back), Sissy Squats (10) and Leg Press (10-12). Do two sets of this circuit, again with minimal rest in between and you should be at least mildly grunting to yourself on the last rep.
This took me exactly 20 minutes (not including any warm-up or stretching afterwards). Even with that you'll be on your way in 30!
January has been cold! Except for one freakishly warm day the first week of the month, temps have been typical and even lower around here. We, like many recently, got the big dose of polar freeze and there is another bout to be served up this week I understand. So, I have been craving movement that creates warmth! LOL.
I've also been needing to sweat in order to feel like my body is shedding unnecessary gunk and stress so there has been mostly stuff like hot yoga, indoor running (cause too cold outdoors) and weighted circuits in my movement for the past few weeks.
It is sitting well with me. I'm happy with what I'm doing right now and winter has yet to drag down my mood, something that inevitably seems to happen before January's end.
Because the ability to express ourselves and care for ourselves through motion is something we should be grateful for...