20 Minute Workout: Supersets
Next on our list of the best fast and effective sessions is a 6-move routine from a trainer with a unique set of skills.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 | Mike Dawson
While you can carve a tantalizingly toned body in less than a half hour, we’re here to tell you what you likely already know: To reap the rewards — increased calorie burn, strength, power, blissful endorphin high — truncated workouts must be insanely intense. But it may be worth the effort, since, according to a recent review of research published in the Journal of Physiology, shorter, more vigorous sessions are not only more effective than endurance training in terms of strength building and calorie burning, but they also may be the most efficient way to train elite athletes. Sold. So, we asked a team of Equinox trainers and group fitness instructors what they would do if they were given just 20 minutes to have at it. Here is the next in the series. Check back each Wednesday for a new routine:
The Pro: Don Lee, NASM-CPT, SFS, CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 1, Archery Specialist
The Clubs: San Mateo, Northern California
The Workout: Attack this 6-move power-boosting superset below, in order, three times. Rest for only 1 minute at the end of each superset.
1. Jump Rope: 1 minute
2. Pushups: 30 seconds
3. Alternating side lunges with medicine ball chest presses: one minute
4. Hip Raises: 1 minute
5. Kettlebell Swings: 30 seconds
6. V-Up crunches: 30 seconds
Want more? Try this 20-minute Tabata interval session.