Fitness Blitz: The 30-Minute Workout (cont.)
What Makes Up a 30-Minute Workout?
To maximize the benefits, your 30-minute workout should consist of both resistance training and cardiovascular training, Ross says.
Ross likes to make a workout two-thirds resistance training and one-third cardiovascular training. In a 30-minute workout, that's 20 minutes of resistance and 10 minutes of cardio. Yes, just 10 minutes. But 10 strong minutes, he says.
"People don't need more time, they just need more intensity," he says. "The body responds more to intensity than it does to the duration of a workout."
A more intense workout burns more calories per minute, and will result in a much stronger post-exercise reaction, says Ross. In essence, he says, when you push the intensity, you traumatize the body (but in a good way).
"The metabolic system sends a message that it needs to make this person a lean, mean, fighting machine," he says.
For resistance training, Ross and Kolber say the important thing is to cover the whole body. Kolber opts for covering many major muscle groups at once, by combining lower- and upper-body exercises. Ross establishes an exercise "template" targeting specific types of movement so that he covers all the major muscle groups and can vary the actual exercises.
A 30-Minute Workout Program
Here is Ross' 30-minute workout template, with Kolber's suggested exercises included where appropriate. Remember that this list is not exhaustive. There are many exercises you can choose for each movement, as well as many versions of each exercise.