Despite our best intentions, commitment to strength work — in addition to cardio, mobility and other athletic pursuits — can be a tall order. But there is hope: total-body workouts.
“For 90 percent of people, 90 percent of the time, total-body training is the way to go,” says Tony Gentilcore, strength coach and co-founder of Cressey Sports Performance. Performed three to four days per week, workouts that rely on complex, multi-joint movements will engage more muscle groups at once, in addition to your core. So while endless bicep curls may seem like your only ticket to the gun show, chin-ups, for instance, can target the same muscle group, while also working the back and abs. Whether your goal is building strength, shedding pounds or becoming a more well-rounded athlete, increasing the complexity of your movements can result in a greater neuromuscular and cardiovascular challenge — and potentially greater gains, as well.