Exercise and the Seven Minute Workout


Instructor Taking Exercise Class At GymAmericans work too hard, and play too little.  There is not a law mandating vacation time, and overtime is considered normal.  Part of my ‘play time’ is working out.  What if your exercise routine took only seven minutes?

Fitness instructor and innovator Chris Jordan has created a seven minute circuit training program he claims will make you sweat, help you lose weight, and tone your body.

There are 12 different exercises, and all you need is a small space and a chair.  The idea is to perform as many “reps” as possible in 30 seconds, rest for 10, and move to the next drill.

“High-intensity circuit training is growing in popularity because of its efficiency and practicality for a time-constrained society,” Jordan writes in the May/June issue of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal. “The combination of aerobic and resistance training in a high-intensity, limited-rest design can deliver numerous health benefits in much less time than traditional programs.”

Jordan is also the director of exercise physiology at the Human Performance Institute.  He developed the program at the request of business executives who lack the time to attend a gym.

(The Human Performance Institute was formed more than 30 years ago by doctors Jim Loehr and Jack Groppel.  The founders had backgrounds in sports psychology and physiology and wanted to help enhance professional athletes’ performances in high stress environments.  Since then the institute has moved on to helping law enforcement officers, military personnel and Fortune 500 employees.)

“Business executives, much like athletes, have to perform under pressure. Numbers count for everything. They’re always on,” Jordan says. “Being energized can help us be the best we can possibly be at those times that really matter.”

Jordan says his seven minute program is actually based on a routine he developed for the United States Air Force in 1997.  At that time only 85 percent of trainees were passing their physical fitness test.  12 months later, 97 percent passed.

(Check the ‘source’ below to see all 12 exercises.)

“This is a relatively short, but intense, nonstop workout. As a consequence, it’s quite demanding on the body.”

He says the benefits that burn fat cells can last as long as 72 hours.

You might want to think about an exercise program that has seven minute circuits.  When you work up to three circuits a day, you’ll know you’ve accomplished a great workout.  But it may cost you, your loss of fatty tissue will force you to buy new clothes.

James Turnage

The Guardian Express


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