Crunched for time? Performix athlete Scott Mathison shows how to hit every major muscle group in this stepped-up, full-body workout.
We'd all love a couple of free hours in our daily schedule to complete a weight workout, but for some of us, that’s not an option. Being short on time doesn't mean you have to settle for inferior results, however. Performix athlete Scott Mathison designed this workout for home trainers or anyone who wants the benefits of a resistance workout without missing their next appointment or class.
"This workout consists of nine exercises that hits each of the major muscle groups," says Mathison. "Four of the exercises are multijoint movements, which engage more of the body's musculature than single-joint movements. Multijoint movements such as squats, dumbbell bench presses, pull-ups, and military presses allow you to push heavier loads than single-joint movements, which in turn has a greater effect not only on building muscle but also burning more calories."
Mathison's approach divides the exercises into groups called supersets, in which you do two exercises back to back with no rest in between, and giant sets, by linking three movements in similar fashion. "By using the same equipment, the workout cuts down on the length of your training session while elevating your heart rate," he says.
To determine the load that's right for you, Mathison recommends using a weight where you can complete 10 reps but not 11. If you can, adjust the load accordingly.
You'll repeat each superset and giant set for a total of two rounds, resting 1-2 minutes only after you complete a round.
"Of course, you can load more weight on a bar and/or increase the number of reps you complete if you sacrifice good form, but doing so diminishes the focus on the target muscles and increases your risk of injury," he adds. If you don’t know how to do a movement correctly, click on it, and you'll see a video and step-by-step tutorial.
Given that this is a low-volume workout, it’s a good idea to do it several times a week.