It really doesn’t take long to knock out an effective training session, as long as you’re prepared to work very hard indeed. And you should be prepared to work very hard if you decide to tackle this workout. There’s no drifting between different types of free-weights or resistance machines, or pausing to check your phone, it’s a simple, three-move circuit where you make sure you leave absolutely everything on the gym mat.
The reward for that effort is that you’ll be done in under 20 minutes, and you’ll have strengthened muscles all over your body.
This workout is designed by Lawrence Hannah, CEO and founder of Metabolic London, the home of PUMA training, and draws inspiration from the studio’s signature class, which mixes HIIT and strength training moves.
How To Do This Workout
Steel yourself, then work through two eight-minute stints, trying to complete as many rounds of the below three exercises as possible in those eight minute periods. Rest for two minutes in between the first and second stint, and if you need to then take a breather between exercises or rounds too, but remember the aim to complete as many reps as possible.
“The key is to go at your own pace and make sure you take small amounts of rest – 20 or 30 seconds – between each exercise,” says Hannah. “Five rounds would be a really good effort.”
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, holding a kettlebell by the handle in both hands in front of you. Bend your knees and hinge at the hips, and swing the kettlebell back between your legs, then drive your hips forward and swing the kettlebell up to shoulder height. Control the descent of the kettlebell and go straight into the next rep.
“The kettlebell swing engages the posterior chain and gets the biggest muscle group in the body firing – the glutes,” says Hannah. “You want to use the bigger muscle groups because that’s where you get the biggest response; whether it’s building strength, losing weight or toning up, you always want to hit the big muscle groups to get results.”
Get into a press-up position with your hands underneath your shoulders. Drop your chest towards the floor, then push back up.
“Press-ups are a classic upper-body strength move,” says Hannah. “Having just worked the lower and back of the body you flip to the upper front of the body – the arms and the chest, especially the triceps.”
Medicine ball slam
Stand holding a medicine ball in front of you in both hands. Raise it above your head until your arms are straight, then slam it into the ground. Follow the weight down by dropping into a squat and try and catch it on the bounce, or scoop up the weight, then and stand back up.
You can also use a sandbell for this exercise if you’re trying to protect the floor you’re working with.
“This is an explosive movement which gives the workout a nice balance,” says Hannah. “You use your entire body for this one and it’s a cardio move so it’s a great exercise to get your heart working hard and build up your calorie burn after the more strength-based moves.”
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