The Best Exercises For Busy People

(Short Read) The best two exercises to do when you’re short on time.

If you’re like me and most people, sometimes life happens and you can’t train the way you want to. Luckily, there are exercises that you can do that won’t take up too much of your time. The first one is what I consider the most valuable exercise. It’s sprints!

If you’re busy and don’t have time to do a full workout, I recommend going out to a field and getting in some sprints. If you haven’t sprinted in a while and you’re concerned about your injury risk, start with hill sprints. Hill sprints are so challenging that you won’t be able to move fast enough to get injured.

It doesn’t take long in a sprint workout for you to feel your hurt rate going up and the muscles in your body tense up.

Gym Exercise For Busy People

If the weather sucks or you’re not able to do sprints, you can try it’s close cousin, the kettlebell Swings. The kettlebell swing provides almost the same exact benefits as the sprint. The only differences are the sprint has a higher neurological impact and they strengthen the ankles. One advantage of the kettlebell swing is grip strength development. A great Kettlebell Swing workout can take as little as 5 minutes. Another great thing about Kettlebell swings is that the kettlebell can be used anywhere, even in the comfort of your home. Below is a Kettlebell swing workout I’ve used in the past as a workout finisher but it can also be used by itself.

  • Do as many Kettlebell swings as possible for 30 seconds
  • Rest 30 seconds
  • Repeat for as long as you want or need

I think what makes these workouts so time efficient is the speed of the movements involved. Good things happen to your body when you do fast movements.

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Why You Should Train Your Posterior Chain

(Short read) The importance of building your posterior chain

The posterior chain (back side) is arguably the most important part of your body is often the most neglected. If you’re not training your posterior chain then you’re missing out on some serious gains. Last week, I tried good mornings for the first time in my life and it was a wake up call for me. I only did 85 pounds using a barbell but after that first set my hamstrings were on fire!

Benefits of Building Your Posterior Chain

Athletic Performance: If you want to be a successful athlete, you’ll need strong posterior chain muscles. To jump or sprint, your glutes and hamstrings are doing a lot of work. To throw a ball or a punch with power, your hips and glutes will be highly engaged.

Weight Room Performance: Your glutes and hamstrings play an integral part in various weight room exercises. The most obvious one is the deadlift. If you don’t feel your glutes and hamstrings while deadlifting a decent amount of weight then something is wrong. In my experience, when my glutes and hamstrings were strong, deadlifts felt easier. The posterior chain is also important for the squat, especially the low bar back squat.

Injury Prevention: Strong glutes and hamstrings will reduce your risk of injury in a number of ways. One way is that the stronger your glutes are, the less work your lower back has to do when lifting an object/weight. Your hamstrings are one of the biggest stabilizer muscles for your ACL. A lot of times people who suffer torn ACLs, have a weakness or deficiency in their hamstrings.

Look Better: Who doesn’t like a nice pair of glutes? If you want to maximize your aesthetic gains, you need to train your posterior chain especially the glutes. In addition to looking nice, I find having strong glutes helps me stay upright and maintain good posture. A strong posture is also visually appealing.

Best Posterior Chain Exercises

Below are the best Posterior chain building exercises that I’ve used. If you want strong glutes and hamstrings, do these exercises.

  • Sprints/Hill Sprints
  • Barbell Hip Thrust
  • Kettlebell Swing
  • Bulgarian Split Squat
  • Extreme Isometric Lunge
  • GoodMorning

In the comments below, tell me your favorite posterior chain exercises!

My Favorite sprint workouts- Sprints, Sprints, and more Sprints

More about the benefits of kettlebell swings- Get an Awesome Body With Kettlebell Swings

Why you should start doing the Bulgarian split squat-Squat Replacement

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