The Best Workout Move If You Only Have 5 Minutes, According to 7 Experts
Ask your average gym-goer about their favorite workout move, and the answer might be “whatever hurts the least”—in other words, anything but burpees. But fitness trainers have a different goal when they design a program: They want to confuse your muscles, build strength and endurance, and challenge your body to reach its peak fitness level. If you were to give said trainers only five minutes of workout time a day, you’d better believe they’d pick something that’s going to hit as many muscle groups as possible.
We rounded up the most efficient workout moves according to eight trainers who swear by them—and not one of them is a burpee (hurray!).
Next to burpees, planks continue to be one of the workout moves most favored by trainers. Unlike sit-ups or crunches, which work a few abdominal areas, planks attack the entire core, working your transverse abdominis, the layer of muscle deep within your abdominals, says NASM-certified trainer Sia Cooper.
“Planking is one of those awesome bodyweight moves you can do anywhere and without any equipment,” Cooper says. “It can enhance the muscles and joints that connect your upper and lower body, which makes planking great for bending and lifting and making everyday tasks easier.