As a busy corporate professional, we are often in a rush; moving from appointment to appointment and rushing deadline after deadline. For most of us, exercising is the least of our concerns. The fact is, many of us are just too worn out after a long day at work to trudge our way to the gym for a decent workout.
For those who do make it to the gym, chances are they are not fully optimizing their workout time by performing the exercises that matter. So in this article, I will show you the quickest way to lose weight so you can get the best results in the shortest time. Exercises are generally categorized into two types: isolation and compound.
Like the name suggests, isolation exercises are single joint exercises that isolate a particular muscle group. Examples of isolation exercises are bicep curls, triceps extension, leg extension and lateral shoulder raises.
These are multi-joint exercises that works multiple muscle groups at the same time. Examples of compound exercises include bent over rows, bench press, push ups, squats, dips, chin ups and dead lifts.
If your goal is to shed pounds and burn calories, then the quickest way to lose weight and fully optimize your workout time is to solely focus on just compound exercises. The nature of compound exercises require more work from your body and as such, it has a better calorie expenditure per exercise ratio. For example, let’s compare two leg exercises:
- Leg extensions: isolation exercise
- Barbell squats: compound exercise
When performing leg extensions, the only muscle groups worked are primarily your thighs (quadriceps) and a little of your calves. Barbell squats on the other hand, activates not only your thighs, but also your hamstrings, calves, lower back, abs and buttocks! (So this one single exercise effectively targets all problem areas that most ladies are concerned with).
Assuming that we spend the same amount of time performing both exercises, the barbell squats definitely burns more calories and it even targets multiple muscle groups at once saving you time to exercise other body parts. So next time if you are in a rush and are looking for the quickest way to lose weight, pick only compound exercises and you will soon see and feel the difference.