There probably is no 'perfect' strength training workout that would completely avoid working duplicate muscles, but I will say that circuit training is probably the best bet for saving time and working multiple muscles at the same time. My best bang for your buck workouts:
- 10-Minute Body Weight Circuit - This is a favorite 'bang for the buck' workout of mine because you don't need any equipment and it hits all the major muscles with compound movements. That means you work more than one muscle group at the same time. These big, often advanced movements will also raise your heartrate, giving you a nice cardio bonus for your trouble.
- 10-Minute Home Circuit - This one is more strength oriented and does involve weights and other equipment (dumbbells, a step or platform, etc.). This one also includes lots of compound movements, which saves you time, works all the muscles in a functional way and keeps the intensity high.
- 30-Minute Total Strength Circuit - If you're looking for a short, efficient and challenging workout, this tops my list. Every muscle group is challenged in this workout and I love the variety of the exercises. This workout does take longer than 30 minutes the first few times but, as you learn the exercises, you'll move more quickly and build enough resistance that you won't need as much time to rest.
I have other workouts at my Workout Center for your exercise pleasure, and I want to hear from you. If you're short on time and want to get the most out of what you've got, what's your go-to, most bang for your buck strength training workout? Leave a comment and tell us about it.