The New Year, New You Workout

by Brad Schoenfeld, DTG Fitness Pro

Brad SchoenfeldItís the New Year and you want to start a fitness program thatíll boost your weight loss. Trouble is, even though you made a resolution to work out regularly, youíre finding it hard to find the time. No problem!

Iíve created a short and simple New Year, New You Workout that takes no more than 10 minutes a day to complete.

Itís important to realize that weight loss is facilitated by combining proper diet with regimented exercise. Study after study shows that exercise helps to facilitate weight loss. And just as importantly, exercise helps to keep the weight off over the long haul.

For most, however, efficiency is an essential part of any workout. If your routine takes too long and interferes with your daily schedule, you wonít stick with it.

If you fall into this category, the following workout plan is designed just for you.

By using a concept called "giant sets" you can dramatically cut down the time required to complete your workout, yet youíll still be increasing your body's fat-burning potential. Sound too good to be true? It isnít.

A giant set is simply when you string a group of exercises together without any rest. For the purposes of this New Year, New You routine, you'll do a tri-set, where three exercises are performed consecutively.

Best of all, since only a set of dumbbells is required, you can perform the workout without leaving the comfort of your own home!

The routine should be performed three days per week on non-consecutive days like a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You should train your muscles in the following order:

Day One: Shoulders/Triceps/Biceps

Day Two: Back/Chest/Abdominals

Day Three: Thigh/Hamstrings/Calves

So for Day One, you'll choose a shoulder exercise (say a shoulder press), a triceps exercise (such as an overhead triceps extension) and then a biceps exercise (a seated curl or similar), and then perform them one after the other. When you finish the last exercise, you'll take a short rest of no more than 30 seconds, then repeat the process two more times.

Repetitions should be kept in a range of about 10 to 15 per set. Weights should be heavy enough where it is difficult to complete the last few reps of each set. Over the course of a week, youíll work each of the major muscle groups.

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That's it! Each exercise session should take you no more than about 10 minutes to complete. But trust me, if you perform the routine as described, you'll know you had a great workout.

So are you now ready to kick-start your New Yearís fitness resolution? Thereís no time like the present!

Stay fit!


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Brad Schoenfeld, CSCS is one of America's leading fitness experts. He's the author of six books, including Sculpting Her Body Perfect, 28-Day Body Shapeover and his new book, Women's Home Workout Bible. He is a columnist for FitnessRX for Women magazine, and has been published or featured in nearly every major fitness and women's magazine. Schoenfeld is certified as a strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and as a personal trainer by both the American Council on Exercise and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America; he's been named "master trainer" by the International Association of Fitness Professionals. He owns and operates the Personal Training Center for Women in Scarsdale, NY. Check out his website