Frank Mikulka's Weekly Fitness Tip
Effective 30 Minute Workout (January 31, 2006)

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My schedule has become a little more hectic and itís chipping into my workout time. How can I have an effective workout in about 30 minutes? (Sandi, West Babylon)

If thatís all you have, then you can make it work for you! Exercise is not an all or nothing proposition. Here are some ways to maximize your time:

  • Cut out the resting time between sets Ė flow from one body part to the next.
  • Cut out one set of duplicate exercises. Instead, make it two stronger sets.
  • Do superets which means working opposing muscle groups without rest.
  • Most importantly donít cut out a body part. Do an exercise for each body part to maintain a balanced workout.
Tip: If you are at the gym, you can do an efficient and effective workout in 30 minutes by not socializing!

Itís not how long you have; itís what you do with the time you have.

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