15 Exercise Shortcuts That Won't Sacrifice Results

It's hard to carve out time to exercise, so make every minute count. Following the expert-recommended tricks to shave off minutes from your routine without sacrificing results (16 Photos)

Linda Melone on Aug 16, 2012 at 4:30PM

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15 Exercise Shortcuts That Won't Sacrifice Results

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You multitask all day at work, so why not do the same with your workout? Instead of resting between sets use that time to work a different muscle group, says Gregory Cloutier, exercise physiologist and project manager for the human performance and exercise science laboratory at Northeastern University. There’s no reason to come to a complete stop. For example, after performing a set of chest presses (where you lie on your back, face-up, and extend your arms so that you are pressing dumbbells from your shoulders to up over your chest) on a fitness ball, put down the dumbbells remain on the ball and immediately follow up with a set of crunches to keep your heart rate up. "It increases your metabolism and keeps the intensity high so you don't have to do as many sets," says Cloutier.

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