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Drop Fat and Build Muscle Faster Than Ever

The perfect 30-minute belly-fat burner.

We understand: You’re a busy guy who’s always on the go, but the good news is, every guy can find time to do the Reps! 30-minute workout four times a week for 10 weeks. It may not sound like a lot of training time, but we’re willing to bet that you’ll get better results from our program than from your current workout. Keep in mind that you’ll continue to burn fat for hours after you’ve finished the workout!

For each half-hour workout, you’ll alternate between two minutes of cardiovascular activity and one minute of weight training. During the course of a workout, you’ll perform 10 sets of resistance training in just 20 minutes. While this may sound like a lot less training volume than a more traditional workout, you’ll be surprised at how much harder and more effective this version can be, especially for the time-pressed man. It will keep you in constant motion and elevate your heart rate. You’ll burn body fat while forcing your target muscles to go to their limits during the one-minute weight sets that you’ve selected for each body part. In effect, cardio will make the resistance-training stimulate more muscle growth, while the resistance sets will allow you to burn more calories during the cardio sets. It’s a classic win-win if you ask us! (Note: If you can’t get to a piece of equipment, the chart provides options so that you can keep plowing ahead with the circuit.)

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Reps! Fat Loss/Muscle Up Circuit

Exercise
Walking
Leg press
Walking
Leg curl (lying or seated)
Walking
Hack squat
Walking
Incline barbell press (or dumbbell or machine)
Walking
Seated row (machine row acceptable)
Walking
Machine dip (or bench dip or parallel bar)
Walking
Preacher curl (any version)
Walking
Machine shoulder press (or seated or standing dumbbell press)
Walking
Standing machine calf raise (or machine toe press)
Walking
Ab machine crunch

Duration:

Two minutes (slow)
One minute
Two minutes
One minute
Two minutes
One minute
Two minutes
One minute
Two minutes (moderate)
One minute
Two minutes
One minute
Two minutes
One minute
Two minutes
One minute
Two minutes
One minute
Two minutes (high)
One minute

Leg Press

Sit in a leg press machine, maintaining the natural curve in your lower back throughout the set. Place your feet on the platform, extend the legs (don’t lock out) and release the safety. Lower the legs as much as possible without altering your lower-back position (often, this is a fairly small range of motion). Press the weights back to the starting position, but avoid locking your knee joints at the top of the rep.

Leg Curl

Lie on a leg curl machine with the back of your lower legs, generally in the area of the Achiles, in contact with the roller pads (as shown). Pull the weights up toward your glutes, maintaining a natural curve in your lower back and using the power of your hamstrings. To avoid injuring your lower back, do not jerk the weight upward or use momentum. Lower the weights deliberately, feeling the stretch in your hamstrings.

Hack Squat

Position yourself in a hack squat machine with your shoulders in contact with the pads. Place your feet on the foot plate so that your knees won’t drift past the front of your toes when you drop into the bottom position. Release the safety catch, then lower your body in a smooth, controlled motion until your thighs and lower legs form an angle of 90-degrees, or slightly more. Press back up, feeling the contraction in your quads.

Incline Barbell Press

Lie on a bench and hold a barbell with your hands a little wider than shoulder width apart. Keeping the upper arms perpendicular to your torso, lower the bar until you reach a point just short of touching your pecs. Keeping your shoulders back, press the weight up. Maintain the natural curve in your lower back and keep your head, shoulders and butt in contact with the bench throughout the set.

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Seated Row

Sit on the rowing bench with your knees slightly bent and feet spaced comfortably on the foot plate. Using an overhand grip, grasp a narrow-grip rowing bar with both hands. Keep your upper body upright throughout the set, maintaining the natural curve in your lower back. Pull the bar into your midsection using the power of your lats. Contract your back muscles, before returning to the starting position. Allow the weight to stretch your lats.

Machine Dip

Sit in a dip machine, after selecting a weight that will allow you to push the dipping handles for one full minute. Keep your upper body upright and your arms at your sides to ensure that you hit the triceps correctly. At the bottom, squeeze the triceps hard, then control the handles back to the starting position.

Preacher Curl

Holding an EZ bar, position your upper arms so that they rest against the pads of the preacher bench and extend your arms to reach the starting position (do not hyperextend your elbow joints). Curl the weight up until your arms are vertical. Squeeze the biceps briefly, then feel the stretch as you lower the bar until your arms are nearly straight again.

Machine Shoulder Press

Adjust the seat so that, as you grasp the handles, your hands are at shoulder level in the starting position. Using the power of your delts, press the weight up until the arms are nearly straight and overhead. Lower the weight slowly, feeling the stretch in your shoulder muscles.

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Standing Machine Calf Raise

Press your shoulders into the pads and lift the weight off its stack by standing upright. Rise up onto the balls of your feet, using the power of your calf muscles. Note that the weight stack will travel mere inches. Lower the heels, taking the below the plane of the foot plate. Feel the stretch in the calves. This exercise will give you a solid burn.

Ab Machine Crunch

Use an upright or lying ab machine. On the upright machine, place your feet firmly on the floor and press your chest into the pad, initiating the movement from your core. Bring your head toward your knees and contract your abs at the midpoint. Control the weight as you return to the starting position, feeling the stretch in your abs.

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