7 Minutes to Get In Better Shape

In the May-June issue of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal there was an article on a the most efficient whole body exercise circuit. The piece was picked up in the New York Times and even Lifehacker. According to the New York Times:

The exercises should be performed in rapid succession, allowing 30 seconds for each [with a 10-second rest between exercises], while, throughout, the intensity hovers at about an 8 on a discomfort scale of 1 to 10, [director of exercise physiology at the Human Performance Institute] Mr. Jordan says. Those seven minutes should be, in a word, unpleasant. The upside is, after seven minutes, you’re done.

All in all it’s a great short fairly high-intensityinterval circuit to get you from couch potato to active. This is a great form of resistance training that would go great with Couch to 5K, which I’ll talk about in a future post. Also there is a great new app called Scientific 7 that you can get in the Google Play Store and a similar one (7Mins2Health) from Apple’s App Store from the links listed below.

Scientific 7 Minute Workout (Free) | Google Play

7Mins2Health (Free) | iTunes

Scientific 7 Minute Workout via NYTimes.com