I have always advocated short, intense workouts. If you are spending much more than an hour in the weight room, you may be there for social reasons or doing unnecessary things. When we have those times in our lives when we are really crunched for time, it is good to know that if we can squeeze even a few minutes in, we can accomplish some good and make progress. The clip below cites a research done by credible people, but with the usual limitations of sample size and selected groups. They suggest that one set is sufficient for strength gains and I suppose it is for certain groups. Myself, I prefer one lift a day when I an crunched for time. For example, Monday- Cleans- warmup to 3 sets of 2, then go. Tuesday- Squats up to a couple of heavy sets of 5....etc. Another great option for a short workout is complexes like Clean-Front Squat- Jerk for several sets. The bottom line is the excuse that "I don't have enough time" doesn't hold water. You can really accomplish a lot in few minutes if necessary.
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