Archive | December, 2011

When Less Means More With An Eye-Catching Health Bonus

10 Dec

by Phillip Tomlinson

Familiar with the old adage about time?  I’m willing to bet you are.

If I’ve lost you, don’t worry, just stick with me a little and I’ll remind you later. 

First, though, I’ll tell you about part of a conversation I overheard while waiting to cross the street.

“You always working out,” said a twenty-something woman into her cell phone.  “How often you go to the gym?” she continued.  “Life is too short for me to spend it like that.  Plus I hardly have the time anyway.”

True.  And true again.

Life is definitely too short to spend hours-and-hours of it in a gym.  And, yes, like me, I suspect you wouldn’t have the time for that either.

Yeah, “time” — that word again.

It can be pretty unkind, we’ve all learned.  That’s why I know you’ve heard the old adage: Time waits for no man. 

And, of course, no woman either.

So, here’s the question:  How to get in shape — and maybe even look like a real high-performance machine — in the shortest time possible and feel better about ourselves?

Hardly a dilemma.

How much time do you have? Half-an-hour?  Fifteen minutes?  Okay, surely you’re willing to give up 10 or even five.

I know, you’re thinking it’s hardly worth it.  Well, think again.  Try working as many muscles as you can at the same time and five or 10 minutes will start feeling like 15. 

Yup, less could actually mean more.

Here’s the skinny:  The more muscles you can work at the same time, the more calories you’ll burn and the quicker you’ll develop that head-turning body.

And time?  You’ll never save more.  How’s that for a real bargain?

If you like bargains, and I’m figuring you do, check out the BodinSync Prescription below for a great compound movement routine that’ll give you a health boost while developing that head-turner in the time you have.




  1. Pick up a dumbbell in one hand.  It shouldn’t be too heavy and shouldn’t be too light.
  2. Assume a moderately staggered stance — one foot behind the other.  Most of your weight should be on the front foot with the back one, heel up, being used primarily for balance as in diagram 1.

    diagram 1

  3. Raise the weight like a hammer over the shoulder of the side that’s behind — if your right foot is behind, the weight should be in your right hand with the left hand on top for reinforcement.  See diagram 2.

    diagram 2

  4. Now, swing the weight down diagonally across your body as in diagram 3, simultaneously bending your front leg to lower your body into a lunge position — taking care that your knee never protrudes past your toes.  With the weight now on the outside of your knee, hold the position for a split-second.

    diagram 3

  5. As you come out of the lunge stance, raise the weight back up over your shoulder as in diagram 2.  THAT’S ONE REPETITION.  Do 1o and then switch sides for another 10.


In the lunge, you can create a stronger base and improve your execution if you take care to firmly plant your front foot and force your heel into the floor as you swing the weight down across your body.


Try picking up your back leg as you raise the weight up over your shoulder.  See diagram 4.

diagram 4

Of course, you’ll need to return your foot to its original position behind you before begining the next repetition.

You may also challenge your legs a bit more by holding the lunge position longer than a split-second.

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