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    Chosing a workout

    Hi!

    I have a busy lifestyle and I'm looking to fit in the best workout possible in 30 minutes or less.
    I still exercise every now and then (a few pushups here, a few squats there, etc) but not on a regular basis.

    I'm looking foward to putting on muscle and losing the extra fat along the way.
    I'll be cutting first but I don't want to be on a cardio only program because I find cardio too boring and unsustainable for me.

    I'm also starting to change my diet and eating healthier.

    Can you tell me what's the best program from Darebee to put on muscle that I can complete in 30 or less minutes a day?
    Note: I already have quite a good amount of endurance, so you can suggest a pretty intense workout. I'll be able to handle it.

    #2
    hi there,

    I suggest Ironborn or Strength Protocol. Those can be done under 30 minutes I guess, because both don't have sets in the way other programs do. You can even add Epic Five on top of it if you have the time.

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      #3
      Ahhh strength-based shorter workout programs are a bit tricky, but I would also suggest Ironborn personally. I know when I did it, workouts were around 20 minutes long for just that portion of the workout (I stacked with other programs/challenges, so mine ran much longer). You'd probably even be able to tack on something shorter like Epic Five as well or even look into Totals, which means you just fit in those exercises throughout the day as you can and wouldn't necessarily need to do it in the 30 minute time frame you have set aside already.

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        #4
        If you're cutting first, how about Combat HIIT? Granted, it's not really strength-focused, but more of a high-burn program with workouts you can do in under 15 minutes (and they're a lot of fun, if you like combat moves). Maybe combine it with Epic Five to get a bit more variety in. After that, Ironborn or Strength Protocol, like kandy suggested, might be a good idea.

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          #5
          I second Ironborn. Totals might also fit your bill, but maybe that's not quite intense enough.

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            #6
            Thank you all for the replies kandy ArtBoyo Nihopaloa modern_dragon!

            I had a look into the workouts you suggested and I'm thinking about going with Ironborn for now.
            Time wise and equipment wise is the one that I feel fits the best in my schedule!
            I don't have access to a pull up bar and so, for now, I need a 100% bodyweight workout.

            Also, as most workouts are said to take up to 20 minutes I'm thinking about pairing Ironborn with Rope Jumping (HIIT) until I reach total 30 minutes.

            What do you think? Intense enough to see results or not really?

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              #7
              I chose my weights according to the recommendations (i.e. so that the last set was barely doable) and I definitely saw some growth in muscle mass/definition, if that's what you mean by results.

              Can't say anything about the HIIT idea. I suppose a short warm-up might be beneficial, though.

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                #8
                I have done Strength Protocol and that was about the 30 minute or less category.

                Now I am doing the Ironborn program and that doesn't take long either.

                It really depends I'd you want to use weights or not, if you are in a rush then I would suggest the Strength Protocol as you can do the workout anywhere.

                johnj49

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                  #9
                  Don't have much to say about rope jumping on top of it... but I guess if you want to do it and you can take it, then go for it. Perseverance is key, though. Even if you just jump 5 minutes but if you do it every day for a month it should do something. By the way there is a jump rope challenge which might be of your interest.

                  Another idea I have is to check out the training plan section, pick a plan and then find some quick workouts from the database.

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                    #10
                    I will be going with the Ironborn program for now.
                    I usually don't wait as long as the workout recommends so I end up finishing the workout early.
                    If it says it takes 20 minutes I might take 15 minutes, which leaves me with another 15 minutes to jump rope.
                    Also, for now I'm aiming for 30 minutes but, hopefully, I'll be able to fit in 45 minutes to in the future.
                    Really need to make my health and overall well being a priority over other less important things.
                    Thank you all for the feedback!

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