The point of diminishing returns

You may not have reached this point. But I can guarantee you, if you continue working out only 3 days a week, you'll get there pretty fast.

Now you might be thinking, "So what? What's the difference if I work out 3 times a week or 6 times? Won't I reach the "point" faster with 6 times?"

Not at all.

Here's what's happening with your 3-workout-week. Day 1, you work out. Hike your metabolism for a while, burn a few calories. Feeling pretty good. Day 2, rest. Go to work. No workout. Day 3, work out, hike your metabolism a little, feel pretty good. Day 4, rest. Day 5, work out, hike your metabolism, burn cals. See the pattern?

Here's your new, 6-workout-week. Day 1, work out, hike your metabolism, burn calories, feeling pretty good. Day 2, same. Day 3, same. Day 4, same. Day 5, same. Day 6, same.

You're constantly keeping your metabolism in high gear (especially with proper nutrition and supplementation), burning more calories (especially at rest), allowing you to have more energy, more endurance, more power, more strength, less fat, lower body weight, a great looking body with attractive muscle definition, nice abs, etc.

Trick: keep your strength training workouts between 20-40 minutes, and aerobic training to 15-20 minutes. If you don't have time for both strength and aerobic, DO THE STRENGTH TRAINING. Better muscle means less fat, less weight, and a dynamite body. No need for the 90-minute workouts.

Change the exercises in your routine every few weeks. Never give your body the chance to plateau, or "get the picture." Do something different each workout. Change the order of exercises, change the reps, change the rest period. Even if you change just ONE thing, your body is forced to respond to your training (which is what you want).

Guys, split your body in half; do half three days a week, and the other half the other three days. Or, you can lift 4 days a week, and do your aerobics the other two. Gals, do abs and lower body EVERY DAY. Do your upper body 2-3 times a week. For the most part, your workouts will be about 30 minutes.

"But Gar, I don't have time to work out 6 days a week." If being in shape, looking great, and feeling like a million bucks is important to you, you'll MAKE the time. In fact, you'll make all the necessary adjustments to your lifestyle to get your 6 days in - IF it's important to you.

Keep It Short

Your workouts, that is. Isn't that a wonderful thing to hear?

But why are shorter workouts better?

You're more likely to do it if you keep it short or break up your workouts into shorter, more intense sessions. A 20-30 minute strength training workout is a lot easier than trying to find 60-75 minutes. New studies show keeping it short can have big results:

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