Recently I was chatting to a stranger about exercise and fitness, a subject which is easy for me to talk about as it’s my hobby and something I strongly believe in. I was asking him about his training history, his current lifestyle and his work hours. He has being carrying extra kilos for a number of years and has tried a number of methods to loose weight, non of which has bought him success. It became pretty clear that, in him opinion, he has little time to exercise due to his long work hours. It’s a common theme I’ve heard a number of times in the past, and I have to admit it’s a great excuse.
One of the main reasons for this is very simple: Most people, from beginners to intermediate athletes, believe that they need to exercise for at least 45min – 1 hr to achieve weight loss and muscle growth. This stems from the traditional gyms we are well used to, how we are taught to work out and pump iron. I can remember countless times I would work out when I was younger, bench press for my chest, bicep curls for arms and maybe throw in overhead pull downs for my back, most likely ignoring my spaghetti legs in the process. A session would take me well over 45min and at the end of that session I would feel pumped and great, but in reality I would have only worked on 1 energy pathway and only 3-4 muscle groups. Simply put it: much time for little overall benefit.
Let’s face it in a perfect world, where you could hit the gym for 2-3 hours a day, I’m sure you’d have a pretty darn good body. Simple reality that ain’t the case. What we need to do is learn how to get the maximum benefit for our body in the shortest amount of time / duration possible. I’m slightly confident that 99% of people would rather work out for 20min vs 1hr IF the results were the same at the end of the day.
The great news is, exercising for 20min a day 3 times a week is all you need to achieve fat loss, increased strength and muscle tone and improve your cardiovascular endurance. The trick is knowing how! Crossfit is a great fitness ideology which improves the ten fitness domains for your body: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination, and accuracy. This basically means: By completing a 15 min Crossfit circuit you would have pretty much used most of your muscle groups along with the two main energy pathways – Therefor providing a total body workout. It involves doing lots of things, fast, getting sweaty and breathing very very hard, its not rocket science but you do need to push your self.
If it sounds interesting then start reading up on Cross fit, check out some beginner WOD’s and exercises on this webpages, get onto youtube and watch some WOD’s. Read. Study.
No more excuses.
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