Or, the impatient slacker guide to optimal* fitness.
What exercises could I do if I wanted to exercise the most muscle sets (exercising all the the main/important muscles in the body) at the same time?
The holy grail here, as I see it, would be an exercise that would work all the muscles one should exercise all at once, without under-exercising muscle sets that need more of a workout than others (I hear core muscles are very important, for example), and would require only a few (like, less than 30) repetitions to fatigue. And one could just keep increasing the amount of repetitions without any of this plateau business (I know very little on the subject, as is probably evident). So basically, the most time and exercise efficient.
I can’t imagine that there is one such exercise, but surely we could come up with several that altogether take care of everything.
It would be necessary that these exercises only need to be done at the very most every other day (letting muscles repair themselves and all that), and again, the holy grail would be once a week. Or less, even.
Also, stretches/yoga poses/etc that do the same for stretching out your muscles and improving flexibility with the same sort of efficiency.
As for cardio, I imagine it’s a simpler answer: how long and how often to meet the minimum for being in good shape? I’m assuming it involves target heart rates, right?
Bonus points for combining cardio and strength and maybe even stretching (not sure if that last one’s really possible).
*For everyday people, not Olympians.
Inspired by the thread regarding too many sets. Might not belong in this forum, for which I apologize in advance.