When it comes to fitness training, the last thing you want is to get bored with your workouts because you’re doing the same things day in day out.
We’ve talked in the past about High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Tabata and the masses of benefits and variety these workouts can bring, but if you’re looking to try something different again, how about EMOM?
No, we’re not talking about a new age version of the mother’s help here, EMOM stands for Every Minute On the Minute and the great thing about it is it’s a method which is so flexible that it can be used for several types of training and work on different or specific areas of the body.
So, whether you’re trying to build muscle, increase endurance, tone up, ditch the pounds or improve your overall fitness, here is a workout you could try.
EMOM workouts can last between 7 and 30 minutes, so, if you don’t have much time, it doesn’t need to take a chunk out of your day. They’re also useful for training outdoors or indoors and don’t have to involve lots of expensive equipment.
Often people will use EMOM as a warm up, but, depending on how tough you want to make it, it can make a pretty good main workout too.
Essentially, you are focusing on a specific exercise each minute of your workout. It can be the same exercise or a different one each minute. Then, once you’ve done the required amount of reps for that minute you rest for the remainder of the minute until the clock ticks around to the next minute.
Another way to do it is to do as much as you can for 30 seconds of the minute and then rest for the remaining 30 seconds. As you up your fitness levels, you could increase the work period to 45 seconds and rest for 15.
For overall fitness, look at similar exercises to the ones that you might incorporate into a HIIT workout, such as burpees, squats, push ups, lunges, ab crunches and variations on the plank.
Benefits of an EMOM workout include the ability to pace yourself and measure your progress, increased levels of fitness, strength and endurance, as well as being a good way to do a large amount in a short space of time.
The key is to make sure you’re getting breathless and sweating it out. If this isn’t the case, then you can simply increase the intensity of your workout. In a similar way to HIIT the spike in your heart rate will hopefully have you burning calories and fat even after you’ve finished training, so why not give it a go as part of a healthier you for 2018?