Specifically, do you avoid long “dreadmill” sessions at all costs, and skip the joint aches and pains that often accompany traditional cardio exercise?
Last year, the New York Times’ fitness story of the year was that short, intense workouts are incredibly effective for getting leaner, stronger, fitter and healthier overall. The type of sessions they covered ran the gamut from one (yes, one) minute to 30 minutes. (Insert joke about six- versus seven-minute abs here.)
In the vast majority of cases, something is better than nothing, sure, but a fast-paced workout can be better than just about anything.
No kidding. Some of us have known for a while now that doing super-short metabolic-resistance-training sessions — in other words, lifting weights faster — can burn more fat, build more muscle, rev your metabolism, and improve your work capacity better than typical aerobic exercise sessions (which often take much, much longer and deliver less of a payoff). In other words, strength training is pretty unapologetically awesome.
But nobody has time to work out. Or at least, that’s the refrain. Lack of time is the single most common reason given for not following a regular fitness routine.
And it can definitely be tricky to fit it in. Our lives are also often jam-packed with nonnegotiable obligations — working long hours or multiple jobs, taking the kids to their various activities, plus doing the general errands, tasks and upkeep of life in this century — that can send us careening through our days from dawn to dusk. Fitting fitness in on top of all that can genuinely seem like a daunting or even impossible task.
That means making it quick. Like…super quick. So quick that everyone has time to do this workout. No exceptions.
I’m Jen Sinkler. I’ve spent more than 12 years as a fitness editor, writer and personal trainer, with another two full decades also training as an athlete (many of those on the U.S. national rugby team). I’ve learned hands-on about what works and what doesn’t — not to mention what’s an absolute blast to do. My passion is providing information that will change your life in a way that won’t patronize or bore you (unfortunately, these often seem to be your options).
I want to tell you why so many people work their butts off, with nothing to show for it. I want to tell you why so many people just like you hate exercise, why it feels full of drudgery and “shoulds.”
I get it. I’ve been there: miserable in my own body, not making time for workouts, toiling away and not making a dent. In fact, it’s only because I’ve been there that I know how you can fix it.
And you can. Because — here’s a shocker — you don’t have to put yourself through long, laborious workouts to get the physique you want.
That’s how the idea for Lift Weights Faster was born. That first version was received so enthusiastically and proved to be so effective for the people who used it that I immediately started planning Lift Weights Faster 2, with completely new workouts — 180 of them this time, as compared to 130 in the first version.
A:Not exactly. Not if you lift weights faster. This kind of hybrid training will help you get leaner, build muscle, move better, and feel better.
So, why does everyone think you have to do long, tedious or painful workouts? Why have we been conditioned to believe that traditional aerobic exercise is the best and only way to lose fat?
Here’s the scoop: Because of some research data that has been misinterpreted since the 1960s (maybe it was all the LSD?), we’ve been sold the idea that aerobic activities, such as swimming, biking and running, form the very essence of fitness and were the only way to get fit. In mainstream media outlets, we are… Read more…