A Short Workout for Big Results

This full-body routine will have you in and out of the gym in less than an hour.

Here’s a 55-minute routine I put together for our in-a-hurry lunch crowd at the gym. I usually suggest that a new person stay with this type of program for four to six weeks in order to practice the form of the exercises, feel the flow of the workout, and begin to understand their fitness level.

Many times someone will stick to the program forever because of time constraints—occasionally changing the specific exercises to stave off boredom. After a few weeks of this workout, try a new switch. You’ll know when to change because you’ll feel bored and unchallenged at the gym. There are a lot of ways to mix things up, and the only ways you can really go wrong are by working out a smaller muscle group before a bigger one, such as triceps before chest, and by staying on a full-body plan indefinitely—anything else is gravy. Now, let’s set some goals and see some progress!

 FULL-BODY WORKOUT 

ABS 

Crunch | SETS: 2 | REPS: To failure

SUPERSET WITH

Leg Raise | SETS: 2 | REPS:To failure

CHEST/BACK

Dumbbell Bench Press | SETS: 3–4 | REPS:12

TRISET WITH

Dumbbell Pullover | SETS: 3–4 | REPS:12

Cable Row | SETS: 3–4 | REPS:12

ARMS

Barbell Curl | SETS: 3–4 | REPS:12

SUPERSET WITH

Dip | SETS: 3–4 | REPS:12

LEGS

Squat | SETS: 3–4 | REPS:12

*Begin workout with 15–20 minutes of cardio.

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