The Minimalists Workout


The Minimalists Workout

Some people manage to stay naturally fit and healthy. They look radiant. They have no problem maintaining a stable and desirable body weight, yet they seem to do little in terms of working out or paying attention to their health and fitness.

Or so it seems…

How Do They Do It?

These people don’t need to train in a gym every day or stay dialed in to a perfect diet. Why? Because they naturally follow these rules:

  • Eat a REAL FOOD diet and don’t pig out on junk
  • Walk lots daily or Commute to work by bike
  • Have time for Relaxation
  • Enjoys Social sports or stay active on weekends/free-time (tennis, hiking, skiing etc)
  • Do something they enjoy
  • Know how to deal with tough situations or people
  • Fit in 7-9 hours of good sleep every night

If you’re doing all of this daily or can make at least 80% of it part of your life, then how often do you really need to go to the gym or work out? Not much. If you want to stay in optimal shape and gain muscle,  2 times per week is plenty. If you want to maintain shape or achieve a lean and athletic body composition, once per week will be just fine.

2 Day Muscle Building

This a simple split of pushing and pulling. It works well to build volume without requiring too much time in the gym.

Day 1 Push – This day will be 3 sets of 8-12 reps of compound pushing exercises.

  • Squat 3 x 8-12
  • Shoulder Press 3 x 8-12
  • Dips 2 x 8-12
  • Pushups 2 x 10-15

Day 2 Pull – This day will be 3 sets of 8-12 reps of compound pulling exercises.

  • Deadlift 3 x 6-10
  • Pullups 2 x Maximum Reps (Without straining)
  • Bent Over Row 2 x 10-15
  • Upright Row 2 x 8-12

1 Day Athletic Training

A simple full body split, for those of you who simply want a bit of extra muscle, improved performance in sports, and a better body composition. It’s made up of compound exercises, which will work your entire body without the need for isolation movements.

  • Overhead Squat (Dumbbell or Barbell) 2 x 8-12
  • Pull-ups 2 x Max Reps plus some Negatives
  • Dips 2 x 10-15 (Add weight if necessary)
  • Stiff Leg Deadlifts 2 x 10-12
  • Shoulder Press 2 x 10-12
  • Plank 2 x 1 minute
  • 5 Minute Row

With all of these exercises, keep the momentum up, but take a short rest (45-90 seconds) between sets, then move onto the next exercise.

That’s It! Keep healthy with fundamentals outside of the gym, and use workouts as a tool for increased performance, body composition and athleticism!

Thanks again!

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Please be advised that my post are of my own personal experience and before you follow any nutrition or exercise plan you should consult your doctor.


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