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A Ten Minute Full Body Workout That Anyone Can Use
When it comes to building muscle, losing fat and getting into shape, the biggest problem for most people is simply sticking to their training goals. This is called ‘adherence’ in the industry and simply means your ability to stick at a training program long enough to see the results that you need.
Even a poorly designed workout can help you to build muscle and get results if you stick at it. And it is much better to perform a bad workout for a long period of time than it is to perform the best workout possible for a day and then give up.
But this is something a lot of people don’t really consider when they plan to get into shape. Too often they will come up with routines that involve training for an hour each session, five times a week. If you’re already feeling too tired to be particularly active, if you’re already stressed with work… trying to fit in five hours of exercise a week is a huge ask. This is particularly true when you consider that you’re probably going to have to travel to the gym as well, get washed, change clothes… etc.
This is where a bodyweight workout can come in so handy. And this is especially true if you use a workout that hits the entire body in a single session, only takes 10 minutes and can be done anywhere. Use this workout first thing in the morning before work and before you go in the shower. Train in your boxers so as to not create more washing. Now you have a routine that really is just ten minutes and that no one should have any problem sticking with.
What does that workout look like? Here it is:
Three Exercises to Rule Them All
This workout is made up of three exercises that together will train the entire body while also providing some cardio benefit. Those three exercises are:
- Pull Ups
- Press Ups
- Jumping Squats
Perform each exercise to failure and then move straight onto the next exercise when you finish without break. You can rest after the jumping squats for one minute before starting the routine again and going for 3 sets. It should take around 10-15 minutes.
This routine hits all the major muscles in the body because it mimics a more involved split that bodybuilders use called PPL (Push, Pull, Leg). Pull ups hit the lats, the biceps and the abs. Push ups train the pecs, the triceps and the shoulders. And jumping squats hit the entire lower body and provide the cardio.
Now this workout isn’t going to be enough to help you build massive muscles overnight. It can burn fat and it can tone your muscles and harden them. But in order for you to really train you need to use heavier weights performed more slowly and for longer.
So use this as a tool to start your new training regime and to get into the habit. Likewise, use it whenever you can’t fit a full routine in.
Gymnastic Rings Are a Fantastic Purchase for Home Gym Owners
If you work out from home, then one of the most incredibly powerful pieces of kit you can buy is gymnastic rings.
Gymnastic rings are rings attached to straps that can hang from your pull up bar. From there, they then enable you to perform dips, inverted push -ps, bodyweight rows and much more. They do everything that TRX does in other words – and more seeing as TRX isn't good for dips – but they cost a fraction of the amount. You can get them on Amazon for $20-40! Plus, they're easy to pack away when not in use and can be taken with you on holiday or anywhere else.
Take a look at some of the things you can do with gymnastic rings for inspiration and to demonstrate just how powerful and versatile they are.
One of the most obvious things you can do with rings is the dip. A dip simply involves gripping one ring in either hand and then gradually lowering yourself in the middle. This is an excellent way to train the pecs, shoulders and triceps and it also requires a lot of balance and stability.
What’s interesting about dips is that you actually can’t do them as well on TRX – despite it costing a lot more!
You might not have expected this but you can actually perform flyes using gymnastic rings. All you need to do is to lean forward holding one in each hand with your arms apart in a cross position. Now bring them together in the middle to push your bodyweight back up. This is an excellent way to train your pecs and your grip at the same time.