From the invention of the assembly line to the latest software update for your smartphone, efficiency is everything. Just as a CEO seeks to enhance the efficiency of their business model to increase profits, you (or your trainer) should always aim for maximum efficiency during your workout to produce the most beneficial results from your time spent in the gym!
Of course everyone’s bodies and goals are a bit different, so there’s no perfect “one size fits all” approach, but generally speaking super-setting and circuit training are two terrific ways to achieve greater efficiency when strength training. Super sets are two separate exercises performed in a row, without any unnecessary rest time between them. A circuit takes that same concept a step further and strings several exercises in a row with minimal rest in between, before starting the whole sequence over again. In either case, your time spent resting is drastically reduced, thus increasing efficiency.
Similarly, a greater level of efficiency can be achieved during your cardio workouts by ditching steady state, moderate intensity walking, jogging, biking, etc… for H.I.I.T. High Intensity Interval Training allows the exerciser to increase their calorie burn and attain greater results in less time by simply pushing the limits of their aerobic capacity. For example, instead of jogging for 30 minutes on the treadmill at 6.0 mph, you might alternate between sprinting at 10.0 mph for 1 minute, then walking at 3.0 mph for 3 minutes. By performing these intervals you could burn the same calories in less time, or you could train for the same amount of time…and burn even MORE calories!
The bottom line is this: Just as there’s no point in wasting energy using incandescent bulbs in this modern age of LED lighting, there’s no point in wasting your time for lesser results at the gym. Efficiency is everything!
Yours in health,
President & CEO
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