Saturday, January 17, 2015
Shorter workouts on the go

By Tony Wagner Citizen Columnist

Dear Mr. Fitness:

I like exercising with weights because it gets me the fastest results. Can I work out with weights more than once a day? Most of the time my work schedule allows me only short breaks to get to the gym. I'm a 30 year-old male who truly enjoys exercising, but with my erratic schedule I have sometimes only 20 or 30 minutes in which to exercise. That's not much time. Please offer some help.

-- Pinched

Dear Pinched:

The answer to whether you can exercise more than once a day is a resounding YES! You can exercise one or two body parts very quickly if you are pressed for time. In fact, this type of "fast" training is highly effective in quickly getting one results. If you can get to the gym more than once a day, you can take advantage of this form of double-split routine.

Here is an example of the double-split routine: If your schedule permits you to get to the gym for 30 minutes in the morning, you should be able to hammer your chest muscles completely in that 30 minutes. Perhaps you could do a giant set consisting of three different chest movements during the time allotted. A giant set could be flat dumbbell flies, followed by bench press, followed by incline press done one after another with no rest.

Doing it in this manner, you could accomplish quite a bit of work in a very limited amount of time. You can then go back to work and, well, work! Later in the day you can go back to the gym and do an entirely different body part. I would recommend doing your triceps. That would be good.

Here again, if faced with a small window of time to train, only having to do triceps would be great. Knowing you only have a small amount of time will actually work to your benefit, allowing you to fully concentrate on only one body part at a time. Imagine going to the gym and having to train only your triceps! That would be super! No other body parts!

You will have plenty of energy to do your short workouts. This will make for quicker results and keep your enthusiasm high. I highly endorse this type of training and hope you give it a try!

-- Mr. Fitness

Tony Wagner, aka Mr. Fitness, has more than 30 years of fitness and nutritional expertise. A certified personal trainer and fitness author, he has helped thousands of people get into and stay in shape. Contact him at and come visit at Bodyzone Fitness Center, 2740 N. Roosevelt Blvd., 292-2930.