What’s the best time to work out? And how should you organize your training? Weights first, then cardio? Or vice versa? Read almost any fitness blog or magazine, and you’ll find a different opinion.

Instead of worrying about the right time and order, you need to find the best exercise program for you – one that you can easily fit into your busy schedule.

I designed my workout system, for instance, to be done in 45 minutes, three times per week. It allows you to do both resistance training and fat-burning interval training in the same session. (And most people can even do this in the comfort of their own homes.)

Here’s how you use this system to build a better body:

  • Start with a total-body warm-up using bodyweight exercises. Do the following bodyweight circuit twice without resting: bodyweight squat, push-ups or kneeling push-ups, plank. (Do two sets of each exercise for 10 repetitions.)
  • Follow the warm-up with resistance-training supersets (pairs of exercises done back to back without resting). In your first superset, do an exercise for your lower body and an upper-body pushing exercise (such as lunges and push-ups). Do this superset three times. Rest a minute between supersets, and do 8-15 repetitions per exercise.

In your second superset, do a lower-body exercise and an upper-body pulling exercise (such as step-ups and dumbbell rows). Again, do the superset three times. Rest a minute between supersets, and do 8-15 repetitions per exercise.

  • Finish with stretching.

A simple yet powerfully effective workout like this will take less than 45 minutes. And you only have to do it three times per week to sculpt your body and burn belly fat.

[Ed. Note: You may be surprised that such a short workout can have noticeable results. But interval and strength training are much more effective than slow, boring cardio. Find out how to burn fat quickly and easily with Craig’s Turbulence Training Program.]

Craig Ballantyne

Craig Ballantyne is the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. Craig has been a contributor to Men's Health magazine for over 17 years. Today he teaches his gift to high-performing entrepreneurs how to squeeze more out of their days, increase their income, and make more quality time for their families in his Perfect Life Workshop and Work-Life Mastery programs. Craig used his own advice to overcome crippling anxiety attacks in 2006, and he'll teach you his 5 Pillars of Success so you can increase your income, decrease your work time, and live the life of your dreams. Learn more about Craig at craigballantyne.com

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