10-Minute Workout Secrets
What's the secret to
creating intense and effective 10-minute workouts that deliver results? Here's the rationale behind the
workout program design.
Scow, NSCA-CPT: Certified Fitness & Nutrition Expert to the True Superheroes - Busy Moms & Dads and
author of Fat Loss To
Designing quick workout programs for parents is probably the coolest thing I get to
do in my job.
I love interacting with people, but constantly coming up with effective fat burning workouts
that only take 10 minutes is very fun.
For one thing, it’s cool to blow somebody away who is skeptical about whether a 10-minute
workout will really help them lose fat. I love the expression on their face the first time they finish one of the
workouts, and I really love hearing them complain the following day due to the soreness from that "easy" workout
Another reason is the challenge. It’s a fun challenge to know I’ve only got 10 minutes to
work with to come up with effective fat burning workouts. Sure it’s easy to say they’re effective, but I
feel very strongly about what I do and I have to stand behind these 10 minute workouts and know that they
But what’s the secret? Where’s the challenge in coming up with a 10-minute
The challenge, and secret, is in combining full body fat burning
exercises and creating full body workouts that give busy moms and dads like you RESULTS.
The key word is the last one in that sentence - results. If there are no results, there's no point in even
attempting to continue on with this adventure.
You can’t throw in some worthless isolation exercises and expect you to see
results. Those exercises are fine, but when you’ve only got 10-minutes to work with, they’re largely useless
(unless they're included as some type of integrated rest period).
They just don’t do enough to burn fat. They don’t move enough muscle to cause any
sort of metabolic disturbance, which is what you’re looking for.
Take the push-up for example. A lot of moms and dads want to have better looking arms. Dads
want theirs bigger and moms want theirs more toned and sexy.
I could give you a couple isolation movements like triceps kickbacks or pressdowns and
let you feel the burn and lead you to believe that you’re going to be achieving your goal of fat loss and a nice
set of arms, but you won’t.
Rather, to achieve the fat loss goal and nicer arms goal, I’m going to give you different
push-up variations that work not only your arms, but the push-ups also work your shoulders, chest and
They work A LOT of muscle, which means they will burn a lot more calories, cause a bigger
hormonal response and create more metabolic disturbance.
The same can be said with lower body movements like squats and lunes versus leg extensions or even the leg press
machine (I'm not a fan of many machines). The squat not only works every single muscle in your lower body, but also
works your core and your upper body gets involved too from either holding the dumbbells, kettlebells or barbell
(it's not much, but more than a machine).
The same goes for the lunge.
However, if you were to spend too much time hopping from machine-to-machine, you largely cut out the other
muscles because the machine supports you while trying to isolate individual muscles.
Remember what we're trying to do - get a quality workout in...one that delivers results...in the least amount of
10-Minute Workouts do that and they can do it very well.
That is the true secret to creating an effective 10-minute workout.
Want an example of a couple 10-minute workouts? Click the links below to see some workout videos:
10-Minute Bodyweight Workout
Quick 10-Minute Workout For Busy Moms and Dads
Ready to learn more about the 10-minute workout program I designed for myself and my sexy
wife? Click the links below to read our success stories and find out why10-minute workouts will deliver you the fat
burning results you’re looking for!
The preceding article was written by Ed Scow, aka "The Fit Dad". To learn more about Ed's
story, click here.
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