The fitness revolution is currently at its peak with every second person looking to shed those extra pounds and have a toned body. Especially after the Covid19 pandemic, the desire to stay fit and healthy has increased enormously. Just wanting to tire those muscles doesn’t always translate into actually doing it. Many of us, due to time constraints due to a hectic schedule, don’t want to spend the time and effort going to a local gym.
If you put yourself in the above category, Australian fitness trainer Kayla Itsines may have a solution for you. A video posted from Kayla’s Instagram handle shows her performing “express workouts” where the only equipment requirements are a barbell and a skipping rope. Express workouts are best suited for those who are short on time and generally pass exercise in favor of work, family, and social commitments. These workouts get you sweating and burning calories within a set period of time with minimal equipment and a greater focus on bodyweight exercises.
In her video, Kayla says, “Express workouts are the perfect solution for when you’re short on time, but still want a quick yet efficient workout! I know everyone’s fitness routines are different – some days you might only be able to do a short 15 minute workout, and other days you might have as much as an hour. So workouts like this are great for when you finally have a few minutes to yourself and you want to break up a training session.”
She demonstrated the two training circuits that take up to 15 minutes of your time in the following way with a suggestion to complete three laps of each circuit.
- Goblet Squat (30 sec)
- Skip (30 sec)
- Rest (10 secs)
- X-plank (30 sec)
- X Mountaineers (30 sec)
- Rest (10 secs)
The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health states that the shorter duration of express workouts means there is a greater need for focus and efficiency. “One way to do this is to replace exercises that isolate only one muscle group, as the exercises in high-impact weightlifting regimens often do, with exercises that work multiple muscle groups,” the site states.
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