How to Save Time when you go to the Gym
So, you've gone to the gym and you have a long list of exercises you want to get through; which would normally involve targeting one muscle at a time and doing a few exercises for each muscle. This can add up to a lot of time spent in the gym and although it can deliver good results, it means you're going to need a couple of hours for each time you want to workout.
The solution to this is to pick exercises that work more muscles in one go, as opposed to exercises that work one muscle at a time. There are two things to bare in mind at this point, yes, they are going to be harder to do, but that means you're going to have to spend less time doing them, leaving you with more time to do other things. Like the saying goes "Time is money".
Squats, Deadlifts and Bench Press
There they are, the three big boys of the gym going world; squats, deadlifts and bench press.
I'm not going to talk about how doing these exercises will increase your testosterone and turn you in a hulking machine in the gym, but I will say is that they just make more sense. These exercises are compound exercises, meaning that they employ many different muscles to complete the exercises as opposed to just one in exercises such as the bicep curl or leg extension.
Squats are going to develop your core strength, quadraceps, hamstrings, butt and calves (not the most technical terms I admit). Deadlifts will target your core muscles, hamstrings, lower back, upper back and trapezius. Bench press will take care of your chest, shoulders and tricpes. Between them, it's safe to say that you've covered nearly every muscle group in your body.
These kinds of exercise are also going to develop strength that is a lot more applicable to other sports you may take part in. This is because the movements are more natural, meaning something like the deadlift could carry over well to martial arts that involve a lot of throwing.
Now obviously I don't recommend doing all of these on the same day but let's say you go to the gym three times a week. If you do one of the big 3 each time you're in the gym, you're going to feel the effects almost straight away, then all that's required is a couple of exercises to top off the muscles you're targeting for the day, a bit of cardio to keep yourself lean and hey presto, a quick and (relatively) painless workout that will keep you in great shape and save you plenty of time each week.
Believe me when I say; life is a lot more fun when the gym becomes a challenging 40 minute workout as opposed to a 2 hour slog that gets less enjoyable each time you go.