No Time to Work Out?

Stephen Holt, Timonium personal trainer

Millions of readers of national fitness magazines including Shape, Women's Health, Fitness. Woman's Day, Family Circle, Runner's World, (and many others) have made their exercise programs both more effective AND more efficient with fitness and nutrition advice from "America's Baby Boomer Expert," Stephen Holt.

We’re all busy. Between work, commuting, balancing responsibilities and having time for yourself, there’s little left over for workouts.

With summer in full swing your busy schedule is sure to get even busier. There will be vacations, cookouts and family gatherings. It’s no wonder that exercise quickly takes a backseat to summer activities.

But you don’t have to succumb to weight gain this summer. Escape the time crunch excuse in three easy steps:

Yep, I do indeed practice what I preach. I make sure I have my workouts scheduled and listed in my to-do list.

You already know how important exercise is to your health and happiness, so treat it that way in your schedule.

Even though we have flexible scheduling at 29again, it’s better (for you and us) if you commit to a semi-reliable schedule. Remember, the key to success in an exercise program is consistency.

If you’re still counting on hours of cardio to change your body, you’re wasting your time. Weight training changes your body faster, better and in less total time in the gym.

Our exclusive 3-4-5 Total Body Fitness System is scientifically designed to work the most muscles in the shortest amount of time.

If you’re working out at home, obey these three tips to keep your workouts efficient:

1. Stand Up
Do your exercises standing whenever possible. Standing automatically engages your core muscles and uses more muscles than you could ever name. If you’re not currently a member at 29again, learn how to use the cable-based machines at your gym.

2. Use Compound Exercises
No, I’m not referring the ridiculous Lunge-Lateral Raise or Step Up-Biceps Curl combos you see in the magazines. They can’t possibly provide enough resistance – see tip below – to be helpful.

Take advantage of exercises that get you to move multiple joints while also stabilizing at multiple joints. A great example is this 1-Arm Horizontal Row.

This does so much more than the standard dumbbell row/ The standing position – see tip above – forces you to use your core just to stay upright. At the same time, virtually all your lower body muscles are engaged, too. Even the muscles in your feet – yes, literally – are working.

3. Use Enough Resistance
Too many people make the mistake of thinking merely having weights in your hand equals weight training.

Here’s one of the few instances where an Internet fitness meme is acutually useful:
If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.

Exercise needs to be – as I say every day – “appropriately challenging.”

Yep, sales pitch – because I believe it what we do and how well we do it!

There’s a reason you’ve seen our exclusive 3-4-5 Total Body Fitness Systemin Shape, Women’s Health, Fitness, and other fitness magazines.

It flat out works.

We’d love to help you learn how to save time in your workouts so you can get out of the gym and on with your “real” life. We’ll coach you every step of the way, keep you accountable, and give you that dose of encouragement you need to see you through to your goals. Call or email today to get started on a fitness program that will put exercise firmly on your calendar and results squarely in your future.

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