Fitness advice from Devon Shurden -Certified Personal Trainer from Houston & Founder of Fit Life ChoicesFollow him on twitter @DevonShurden.

If you’ve ever felt like you were wasting time in the gym, you probably already know the importance of having a game plan from the second you walk in the door. Keeping your workouts within 30 minutes will give you more time for the important things. Here’s how you can make your 30 minute workouts EFFECTIVE:

devon shurden fitness trainer1)   Keep a list of what you’re going to do and the days you’re going to do it in your phone (ex: Monday-Back/Shoulders(medial and anterior), Tuesday-Traps/Calves/Abs (rectus abdominis), Wednesday-Chest/Shoulders (posterior), Thursday-Abs(oblique)/Low Back, Friday-Biceps/Triceps, Sunday-Legs.
2)   Super set 2 or more exercises at a time (ex: Perform 1 set of  Dumbbell Rows, 1 set of Dumbbell Lateral Raises, and 1 set of Dumbbell Frontal Raises with no rest between sets until all three exercises have been completed for 1 round).
3)   Only perform 1 to 2 exercise per muscle group (ex: Dumbbell Curls for Biceps)
4)   As you’re working up to the heavier weight, flex the target muscle for every repetition. If you barely have time to work out, why would you waste your warm-up sets?
5)   Push your limits. In order for your body to adapt to the workout, it has to be pushed. Trust me, you don’t want to over do it and hurt yourself. Keep good form. Stick to a desired amount of repetitions and rest time (ex: 12 repetitions with 30 seconds rest).
6)   Keep your rest no longer than 30 seconds for lighter sets and 60 seconds for heavier sets. If you can keep going without sacrificing performance, skip the rest!

For more assistance with your health and reaching your goals, visit Devon Shurden to ask him about getting started on a personalized routine for your specific fitness  goals or tweet him with #DapperFit to @DevonShurden. Each of you should consult your physician before beginning any exercise or lifestyle change.

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