Training with limited time and equipment

By September 9, 2016Stuff We Like
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We’re busy, you’re busy, and we don’t always have time to get to the gym. This week we bring you some great resources to help you train with limited time and limited equipment.

There’s no serious excuse to not train unless you’re ill or injured. Whatever you do, you owe it to yourself to keep your body in a reasonably fit condition. No, you don’t need to be capable of running a marathon or deadlifting 600lbs, but you do need to move around regularly with some purpose! You can get and keep fit and healthy with so little time invested if you know what to do and are willing to put in the effort required. The issues we’re combatting are ignorance and laziness.

And, with that little rant over, here’s Ross sharing some tips for those who are short on time but want to keep their training up and keep improving. Which, as personal trainers and gym owners, is probably the biggest issue many of your clients face. This post pairs well with his previous post Fatherhood does not make you fat, which is also well worth reading.

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The Poliquin Group has put out literally hundreds (well, probably thousands by now) of well researched strength and fitness posts. While we’re discussing training efficiency as above, here’s a short piece with some more information on how best to use circuit training when your primary consideration is body composition. Get your bootcamps in order people!

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One complaint I’ve heard a lot of over the years from coaches and trainers working with teams and in bootcamp settings is having a lack of equipment. Here, Michael Boyle discusses a one-dumbbell in season training program, and the simple fact that you really need very little equipment indeed to get an entire squad of athletes strong, fit and prepared for their sport. Be creative with purpose!

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Talking of lack of equipment, we’ve shared some bodyweight information and workouts on Twitter recently, including these gems from Art of Manliness & Buff Dudes. Here’s another challenging home bodyweight workout from Bret Contreras – it’s nice and simple, and everyone already has the equipment they need to get it done.

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Well, you don’t need to go crazy but it should be part of your life. So get your lifestyle in order and be consistent in the way that works for you!

With all the above in mind, Mark Sisson’s Workouts of the Week require very little equipment, and you can find them all right here.

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