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30 Minute Workout… Is It Even Worth Your Time?

Craig Leonard September 14, 2013
30 Minute Workout

I’m in the middle of a 30 day challenge to do at least a 30 minute workout every single day throughout the month of September. I’m now about halfway in and as I was getting dressed this morning I realized that my body was noticeably leaner and defined.

I should note that in addition to training for at least 30 minutes every day for the past couple of weeks, I have also been more strict with my diet, as well. Although, this doesn’t come as a surprise.

There is almost always a direct correlation between training frequency and eating in a manner that’s conducive to your goals. If we’re going exert the effort and discipline to train hard, and train consistently, most of us aren’t going to combine that with terrible eating patterns that would only negate the results we would otherwise receive from our efforts.

Nutritional elements notwithstanding, the daily metabolic and hormonal enhancement that comes from daily training is something that can’t be overlooked either. The times when my physique has looked the most impressive have all been when I was consistently training my body 6 or 7 days a week.

A 30 minute workout may not seem like a enough time to get in a very rounded training session. Over the past couple of weeks, however, I’ve been reminded on several occasions that 30 minutes is more than enough time to lean out your physique while enhancing your muscular development – as long as you’re using those 30 minutes wisely.

To give you an idea, check out the killer training session I had today in a matter of just 31 minutes:

My 30 Minute Workout

1) Planche Iso Holds on Gymnast Rings – 4 x 10 seconds
2) Chin-Ups – 3 x failure (supersetted with planche iso holds)
3) Power Cleans – 3 x 8, 6, 4
4) Dead Lifts – 3 x 12, 8, 4
5) Gymnast Ring Push-Ups – 3 x failure (supersetted with dead lifts)

This took me about 25 minutes and I followed it up with an intense 6 minutes on the elliptical machine.

It was a no-nonsense 30 minutes, for sure. But I got in a killer training session and didn’t use up much of my Saturday to do it.

Never fall into the trap of thinking that a short 30 minute workout isn’t worth your time! Go all out for whatever time you have to train, get in as much work as you can, and call it a day.

You don’t need to train an hour a day to get significant results. Oftentimes, consistency is of much greater importance than duration anyway, especially when you can maintain a similar level of training volume by simply keeping your rest between sets at a minimum.

Besides, a 30 minute workout is still infinitely better than no training at all.

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