A Workout for Those Who Don’t Have Time to Work Out

TRX Basic 5 Minute Routine

TRX Basic 5 Minute Routine

A Workout for Those Who Don’t Have Time to Work Out

You Need to Work Out

I don’t think I need to convince anyone of the benefits of working out.  Research abound showing how exercise can positively improve your physical and mental health.  To that I would add that it can be an important part of one’s spiritual practice (think Traditional Martial Arts, Yoga, etc.).  I personally find that nothing centres me spiritually quite like a heavy leg workout.  It puts me in touch with my innermost self, opening up the way for me to spiritual practice.

You may be reading this blog because you’re not working out, but you want to.  You’re looking for ideas.  You’re looking for that perfect workout that you can do, preferably in the comfort of your own home.  You know, the one that you’re always motivated to do, the one that really doesn’t require much effort or time.  The one that’s both simple and easy.

 

Who am I?

My name is Mike MacKinnon, and I’m a personal trainer in Mississauga.  I do personal training from my gym in my home, and also have trainers in the GTA who will come visit you in your home if that’s what you prefer.  I offer personal training services in Scarborough, North York, Downtown Toronto, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Oakville, in the entire GTA.

My trainers specialize in quick, easy-to-do workouts that get real results.

 

It Takes Work

Well I can give you one that’s simple, and I can give you one that doesn’t take much time.  I can also give you one to do in the comfort of your home.

The rest I can’t deliver, unfortunately.  I also don’t think anyone else can either.  It won’t be easy: the body doesn’t change unless we stress it to change.  As a matter of fact, to keep your body changing, you’ll have to change the workout periodically to make it a little harder.  It’s just the way it is.  No effort = no change.

Now motivation: motivation is a strange thing – it doesn’t exist.  Nobody can “motivate” you to work out.  You can’t even “motivate” you to work out.  You.  Just.  Have.  To.  Do.  It.

Nike says: “Just do it.”

Yoda said: “Do. Or do not.  There is no try.”

It’s that simple.  You are going to have to block off some time, 3 days per week.  19 minutes, to be exact.  That’s less than 1 hour per week to greatly improve your health.  Can you do that?  I’m sure you can find the time.  You can even do this workout watching TV, to not lose any time from your TV shows .

 

You’ll Need Some Equipment

I’d like to say that I can give you a workout that allows you to use common household items to reach your goals.  Whereas there are plenty of exercises that you can do with common household items, your workout needs to be balanced, and you’ll also need variety to keep progressing.  Whereas I could develop a basic, balanced workout for you without purchasing equipment, your exercise choices will be limited.

This will result in boredom, and in you not progressing as far as you could.

Invest in your results by purchase a TRX full-body trainer.  This is an awesome piece of equipment that allows you to leverage your bodyweight to make exercises harder or easier, depending on your level of ability.  It packs away neatly in to a small pouch, so you can take it with you on trips, or you can use it outdoors in the warmer weather.

You can literally do hundreds of different exercises using the TRX.  Here’s a sample workout for you (be sure to watch the video that accompanies this workout, so you can see how to do each exercise):

  1. TRX Squat
  2. TRX Row
  3. TRX Chest Press
  4. TRX Russian Twist
  5. Bird Dogs

Do each exercise for up to one minute, then move immediately to the next exercise.  At first, if you’re not in good physical condition, consider doing each exercise for 15 seconds only.

After you’ve completed all 5 exercises, take a 2 to 3-minute rest, and repeat the set.  Take another 2/3-minute rest, do it one more time, and then you’re done.  If you do each exercise for 1 minute, and rest 2 minutes between sets, your entire workout is only 19 minutes in length.

Start slow.  Do each exercise for 15 or 20 seconds the first week and take a 3 minute rest between sets.  Do the routine 3 times per week, doing a day on, a day off, a day on, a day off, a final day on, then two days off.  That would look like Monday, Wednesday and Friday you work out, taking the weekends off.

I can’t stress this enough: slow.  See your doctor first to make sure you can handle the routine, and be smart about it while you’re exercising.  If you feel off, dizzy, lightheaded, nauseated or something is hurting more than just regular muscle pain, stop immediately.

 

Perhaps You Need Some Help?

Let’s face it…for some people, it’s just not gonna happen.  No matter how much they mentally commit to going to the gym, they don’t.  Are you one of these?

If so, then you need a trainer, and that’s where we can help.  I have a fully-stocked gym here in Mississauga, as well as trainers who can come to you if you’d prefer.  If setting an appointment is what you need to keep you motivated, then we’re here to set you on a path to a better you.

Reach out by phone/text at 647-677-6025, or e-mail me at mike@fitin20.ca.  You’ll be glad you did, because we get results.  Ask about our 90 day money-back guarantee!