Yes, I’m trying to get in shape….much like others out there (how are the legs today Brian?). But there’s always that stupid time thing…and then sometimes not wanting to go to the gym. A couple of months ago, I went to see a personal trainer about whipping my ass into shape. Now this guy LOVES to work out, so he’s not quite human.

Anyway, I told him the situation: look, I hate working out, I only have 4 hours to commit weekly, plus daily biking to work…so make me look like Brad Pitt — in a week.

He failed.

But he did come up with something for me, tailoring my plan around my time limits, and the fact that I wouldn’t always be able to make it to the gym (you know, because I might be ).

So he developed Metabolic Workouts. Or Kick-Your-Ass in 20 minute workouts. Though unlike a pubescent boy’s favourite morning TV-show n the 1980s – 20-minute workout – there are no gyrating women (well, unless you’re a woman, then it wouldn’t be nearly as exciting anyways).

Body weight Circuit – Plan A
10 Body Weight Squats
10 Pushups
10 Jumping Jacks
3 Chin Ups
work up to 10 rounds

Body weight Circuit – Plan B
25 Dumbell Clean and Press (lift light weight from ground to above head)
25 Box Jumps (jump onto a box, and down)
10 Reverse Pushups
15/leg Lunges
15 Push Ups
10 Squat Thrusters (medicine ball optional)
Do three circuits with 90 seconds rest between each

Body weight Circuit – Plan C
do each for 90 seconds, with each pairing getting a 90 second rest
Dumb bell Dead lift (25% of 1 Rep Max weight)
Body Weight Squats
Lat Pull down or other rowing
Rest — repeat 3 times