By Jeremie Hurd
DHAC Exercise Physiologist
Ok I get it, life is often too busy to have time to go to the gym. However, if you can free up 30-45 minutes, that is plenty of time to get a good work out in. Both for cardio or strength training.
For now let’s focus on strength training. The most effective way to get through your strength training routine fast is what we call super-setting. Most people do an exercise, then wait for 30 seconds or so to recover before doing the next set of the same exercise.
It is quicker and more efficient to do one set then go straight to a different exercise, working a different muscle, which is what super setting means. For example let us say you do a set of bench presses, then as soon as you finish you do a set of bicep curls. This lets you quickly go back and forth between the two exercises which shortens the time because you don’t have to wait for the 30 seconds in between sets to recover. One muscle is able to recover while you work the other one.
Doing this will cut your workout in half and also double the efficiency! Try it and see how quickly your strength training workouts go by.