When you get a good workout done in half the time:
One of the biggest reasons excuses we often make for missing the gym is TIME! Let's be real! Sometimes we work, have obligations after work or just want to go home and relax! If you can commit to 30 minutes, combination exercises just might be a saving grace! Combination exercises help you save time without losing out on a good workout. These exercises involve more than one muscle group, effectively utilizing more muscles in less time. Take note, these exercises require some coordination, so be sure to practice before adding weights. Give the workout below a try (3 sets, 10-12 reps each set).
Dumbbell Deadlift to Upright Row
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Holding the dumbbells in each hand, bend over at your waist, bringing the dumbbells towards the floor. Using your glutes and hamstrings, pull your body back up. As you rise, lift the dumbbells by raising your elbows to your chest then back down to your waist.
Dumbbell Squat to Standing Arnold Press
Holding the dumbbells by your shoulders with your palms facing your body, place your feet shoulder width apart and squat (be sure your knees do not pass your toes). Return to the standing position, carefully twist your wrists outward, press the weights over your head and then return the weights to your shoulder.
Plank to Dumbbell Row
Starting in the plank position and using your core for balance, bend one elbow and bring the dumbbell to your chest in a row movement. Slowly lower the dumbbell back to the starting position and alternate arms.
Reverse Lunge to Shoulder Press
Holding the dumbbells above your shoulder, step back into a reverse lunge. Stand back up bringing your knee to your waistline and simultaneously lift the dumbbells above your shoulders.
These are just a few examples of combination exercises that work those muscles and still save you some time! These exercises are great for a day that you don't want to do really heavy lifting or too much cardio. Balance is always key!