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September 12, 2008 2:02 PM   Subscribe

Can I do Ross Enamait's No Excuse workout everyday?

So I'm kind of an exercise noob. I've been alternating days doing 100ish pushups and 100ish setups alternate mornings. I tried this "no excuses" workout and like it more than what I was doing. But it says to do it up to 3 times a week. Can I do this every morning? It doesn't seem to be all that strenuous. I'm wondering if I did it every morning, would I be getting diminishing returns?


Also I've heard that you receive far greater benefits by working out for 30 minutes at a time, am I totally missing out by doing this 10 minutes a day? I can keep up with this consistently and kind of enjoy it.
posted by sully75 to Health & Fitness (3 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Your muscles need time to recover, this is the part where they grow bigger. You'd be better off leaving a rest day between workouts.
posted by fire&wings at 2:28 PM on September 12, 2008

Push-ups and sit-ups are going to be more of a cardio workout than a strength workout, so I would say: yes, you can do it every morning; and yes, it would be better if you worked out longer and kept your heart rate up. But if you can handle more, do more. The benefit you get from cardio is from maintaining a moderate-to-high heart rate. It can take 5-10 minutes just to elevate your heart rate high enough to get to the "maintaining" part.

That said, while a 30-minute workout is much better than a 10-minute workout, it's a moot point if you'd rather not exercise at all than go for half an hour at a time.
posted by Khalad at 2:40 PM on September 12, 2008

You do realize those times are intervals, right? You are supposed to be pushing yourself as hard as possible during those intervals. This is high intensity training. If you still have gas in the tank when you finish, you did it wrong.

Also, have you done a burpee before? Easy isn't a word I'd use to describe them, especially in intervals.

Finally, a 30 minute workout isn't necessarily better than a 10 minute work out.

That said, I wouldn't do it every day, but I see nothing wrong with doing it for a few days in a row, resting, then starting again.
posted by Loto at 3:18 PM on September 12, 2008

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