Got a great question sent to me today. Here ’tis, followed by my answer:
Is a shorter, quicker workout better for your body than a longer, slower one? Let me know your take on this. I personally like to get my workout done fast so I can get on to other things. Plus, I’ve found that a short, quick workout seems to burn more fat. Again, let me know your thoughts.
M.F.: Bob, thanks for the question. To answer, I must first say that It depends upon your goals and how well your body responds to training. If your goal is to get as lean and buff as possible and your time is limited, then shorter and faster is the ticket.Workouts do NOT have to be at least an hour long. You can start getting great results with 5, 10 and 15-minute workouts. In fact, when people were first given my whirld famous Combat Conditioning test – most wound up in a heap of sweat inside of five minutes. And if they didn’t last five minutes, then the workout did them a lot of good because before long, following the same protocol, they could easily go 15-30 minutes or more.
As a refresher, the Combat Conditioning test was as follows:
1. 100 Hindu squats without stopping
2. 25 Hindu pushups without stopping
3. Hold a back bridge for one minute
Now, I have “wake up” workouts that I do first thing in the morning. They’re usually 15-20 minutes long. Some of these workouts are Combat Conditioning based, others are tai chi or chi kung based.
This morning my workout consisted of five different poses, held for time. The entire workout lasted about 22 minutes. Yes, I could have made it 82 minutes long, but I have other things to do today, so it’s better for me to do SOMETHING than NOTHING at all.
Later this afternoon I’ll swing some clubs around and do various calisthenics. And tonight I’ll practice tai chi.
That’s three workouts in one day – all of them short, sweet and magnifico. I believe I get more out of three quick workouts than one long one.
Am I against longer workouts? Of course not. I often engage in them – but you don’t have to train for that long to get results.
The same is true about the number of repetitions or sets you do – especially with bodyweight exercises. You can do 100 reps fast – or you can do 10 reps superslow. You’ll be done in about the same amount of time – and both workouts do your body good, albeit in a different way.
There are some prime examples of the slow-mo workouts on my Member’s Site. Be sure to check them out.
If any of you have questions, send them over and I’ll do my best to answer.
P.S. My Member’s Site includes an instantly downloadable version of Combat Conditioning, as well as many of my other international best-selling books and videos. The site is LOADED for bear. Go get some.