We get it: trying to get a quality workout in can seem nearly impossible when you've got work, school, kids, and extracurricular activities pulling you in every direction. If it's hard to fit training into your schedule, strength coach Chad Driscoll shared his top workouts for the days when you're short on time. "You really only need 30-45 minutes to get an effective workout in," he said in his Instagram caption.
Instead of stressing the next time you have a busy day or couple of weeks, Chad recommended trying one of the following workouts.
- Superset strength: A superset means you complete two exercises that work different muscle groups/movement patterns back-to-back without taking any rest. An example of this would be doing 15 reps of dumbbell squats followed by 15 reps of push-ups. If your goal is to build muscle without spending hours at the gym, try this quick, full-body superset workout.
- HIIT cardio: Instead of running on the treadmill to get your cardio in, kick it up a notch by adding exercises like mountain climbers, jumping jacks, and squat jumps into your routine. This 20-minute cardio HIIT workout will really target your abs and legs.
- Sprint intervals: Sprinting is one of the best styles of training to burn fat and build lean muscle. They can be done on the track, on a soccer field, or on the treadmill. Whatever method you choose, be sure to go all-out for maximum results. Here are three sprint workouts to get you started.
- Full-strength circuit: Circuit training means that you'll alternate between a variety of exercises that target different muscle groups. Similar to a superset, you'll have minimal rest in between exercises. Check out this 30-minute beginner circuit.
- 30-minute class: Another option is to take a quick, 30-minute workout class. Instead of stressing about creating your own program, let someone else instruct you. We love this 30-minute fat-burning, full-body workout.
- Single-equipment workout: Instead of trying to incorporate all of your favourite equipment into your workout, save time and use only use one piece of equipment. This can be one set of heavy dumbbells, a kettlebell, or a barbell. This intense full-body workout only requires a kettlebell.