2 Shorter Training Sessions Vs 1 Longer Training Session
Hour Workout Vs 2 30-Minute Workouts: What’s Better?
The first question everyone asks when they hear “short workout” is, what’s better? Is one shorter session better than another? This question is very difficult to answer because there are so many factors involved. However, I believe that it is possible to make some generalizations based on my own experience with both types of training.
Short workouts tend to be easier to do consistently. They require less time and effort from your body. You don’t have to think about stretching, warming up, etc., which makes them great for beginners.
On the other hand, they may not be ideal if you’re looking for a higher level of fitness or want to achieve certain goals such as losing weight or getting fit faster.
It is true that most people can get by with just one 30-minute workout per week, but I’ve found that two 30-minute workouts per week gives me a little bit more energy and results in greater gains.
So why do this?
Because I’m trying to build muscle mass! If you’re only doing one workout, then you’re probably not focusing enough on building muscle mass.
The only thing you need is the motivation to work out! You don’t need fancy equipment or even a gym membership. All you need is your own body and you can get a good workout in no matter where you are. You can easily do these types of exercises at home or even at your office when you’re waiting for that big proposal to go through!
10-Minute Workout 3 Times A Day
We all know how busy we are nowadays.
Who has time to work out for an hour or more?
Not me, that’s for sure! With that being said, here are three 10-minute bodyweight workouts you can do at any time of the day, whether it’s in the morning, at lunch or before bed.
Perform each exercise in the order listed below. After you’ve completed one round, take a one minute break before moving on to the next circuit. Repeat this process until you’ve completed three sets.
10 Body Weight Squats
5 Jumping Jacks
1 Minute Rest
That’s one round. Complete a total of three rounds. Remember, you have to do each exercise for the prescribed amount of time, as well as taking the rest period in between. This may not seem like much, but you’ll definitely feel it by the third round!
If this is too easy for you, then try doing two rounds instead of three. Take the rest period in between each round, not each exercise. This way you’re working different muscles each time you change the exercise.
Remember, when it comes to exercising, there really is no such thing as good or bad. It’s all in your perspective. As long as you do something, then that’s a step in the right direction! Do these workouts as written, or mix it up however you want and still get a great workout!
Remember, it’s all up to you!
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