In todays day and age, time is the most precious thing we have. Many people are working a ton of hours and on top of that have plenty of family obligations as well.  So who has hours to spend in the gym.  Many times escaping for a 1 hour workout seems near impossible.  So if this is the case and general fitness is what you are after than I am here to tell you that there is a solution.

If used properly and with a proper amount of weight, many times a 10 minute workout will do just as much if not more for many people looking to get fit.  You will cover a lot of aspects of fitness in the 10 minutes.  So if you have a kettle bell and a couple of dumbbells give it a try.

10 Minute Workout
Against a 60 second clock perform:

10 Kettlebell Swings
Max reps of DB or Barbell Thrusters (Squat & Presses)
Rest for 60 seconds

Repeat for a total of 5 rounds

So what you are going to do is set a timer for 1 minute work and 1 minute rest for a total of 5 rounds.  In the 1 minute of work you will start by doing 10 KB Swings immediately followed by as many thrusters as you can do with the remaining time in the minute. Once the minute is up you will rest for a minute.  You will repeat this for a total of 5 rounds.

Here are some videos of each exercise:

KB SWING

BARBELL THRUSTER

DB THRUSTER

This workout can be for a beginner level athlete as well as an advanced.  The only thing that would change is the size of the weights used and the athlete would perform at his own pace so a beginner may get 5-10 thrusters per set while a high end athlete may get between 10-20 reps.  You also may make this more strength based by using a heavier set of bells to keep the reps on the low end during each set.  Hitting 5 sets of 6-8 reps would be a perfect muscle building workout for an athlete.

Remember Form First!

Don’t sacrifice your form on the movements to collect more repetitions. Many times doing the move correct and to a full range of motion will do more for fat loss and conditioning than cutting reps short and rushing through exercises to get more reps.  Remember more reps faster does not necessarily equal better results.  Quality will always trump quantity.

So if you only have 10 minutes to workout give this a try and see how you do.  Don’t forget to post back your results in the comments section below!

Stay Safe, Work Hard, Have Fun!!!