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When time is of the essence, all you need is a squat rack and these 8 exercises from Ashley Horner to blitz your whole body and get out of the gym in no time.
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Today’s workout is ideal if you work out in a busy gym, where you can’t afford to waste much time going from one machine to another. You’ll need a barbell, the squat rack, and a pumped-up attitude.
Scout the squat rack and set up camp. Prepare yourself physically and mentally to crush this workout. The workout includes eight exercises to target the whole body, with 3 sets of each exercise and 8-10 reps per set. “I don’t have enough time” is not an acceptable excuse in my book. With this full-body routine, you’ll be in and out of the gym in no time!
Before I start my workout, I make sure I get a really good stretch, especially for my IT band and hip flexors, since these muscles are heavily involved in the movements.
WARM-UP STRETCH ROUTINE
To prepare for this squat-rack session, grab a gym towel or stretch band, if available. This quick routine aims to improve your flexibility and keeps your muscles functioning within a full range of motion.
First, you’ll stretch the IT band and glutes. Lie on your back, raise one leg straight into the air, and wrap the band or towel underfoot. This gives you leverage to push your leg against to really pull on those tight muscles. By moving your outstretched leg around and to the side, you will feel a decent stretch on the hamstrings and glutes. To emphasize the IT band more, cross and bend the leg to the opposite side of your body, as if you’re trying to place your foot on the floor.
Next, to stretch your hip flexors, lie on your elbows, pull one leg into the body with the knee pointing outward, and keep the other leg completely outstretched. Push your stretched leg back to emphasize that hip flexor. Switch to get the other side.
It’s time stretch out your back and upper body. Wrap a towel around a sturdy pole and slowly back up, leaving your arms outstretched and butt back. Keep your back from arching and feel the stretch in your lats and upper back.
Next, stretch your chest. Using a towel or band around a sturdy pole, hold onto the band with one arm and twist your body to one side in a lunge position. Switch to the other arm to even out the arms and pectorals.
As a final stretch before the heavy work begins, I like to place one arm behind my head and stretch out the triceps. Don’t forget to hit both arms!
GET IN THE RACK
Once you’re warmed up and ready, it’s time to get to work! Again, aim for 3 sets per exercise within the 8-10 rep range for each. Keep rest between 45-90 seconds. The idea is to keep things moving at a pace that’s right for your individual fitness level. If you need to take breaks, take them, but keep them short.
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