Featured story January 16, 2012
The biggest obstacle between you and the body you want might come from an unexpected source: your gym. That’s because crowds can slow your workout—and your results. After all, every second you spend waiting for the chinup bar, cable station, or squat rack is less time you have for working your muscles or boosting your calorie burn. And isn’t there too much downtime built into your day already?
Don’t waste another minute in the gym. This fat-burning, muscle-building workout requires only a single set of dumbbells and an adjustable bench. The order in which you perform the exercises—along with the number of reps for each—allows the same pair of dumbbells to challenge each muscle equally. The upshot: There’s never been a simpler way to chisel a better body.
Perform each workout (A and B) once a week, resting at least a day between sessions. Within each workout, alternate sets between exercises of the same number (1A and 1B, for example) until you complete all sets in that pairing. (In other words, follow a set of the first exercise with a set of the second exercise.) Rest 1 minute between 1A and 1B, but perform exercises 2A and 2B back-to-back, with no rest. After you’ve done a set of each exercise pair, rest for 1 minute and then repeat the cycle until you’ve completed all the prescribed sets.