Last week I introduced the idea that a short weight-lifting workout could be very productive and beneficial, if done with intensity. This is not to say that other weight programs, those used by bodybuilders or athletes, are not successful, but there is a place for shorter programs. A short program addresses the lack of time many people face.
Most Americans are working long hours to support a household with children or working and going to school. Most Americans have little free time. Spending two to three hours trying to get in shape is almost impossible for most people.
In planning a shorter workout, other factors besides time should also be considered. Is the workout just for toning or firming? Does the individual want to become stronger for a particular activity - like tennis or cycling?
Many people use a standard three sets of eight to 12 repetitions for a weight-lifting workout. Depending on the goal of the person, sets and repetitions can be increased or decreased, along with the amount of weight used for a particular exercise.