In a perfect world, we could all count on two hours each day in the gym to allow us to train to our heart’s content. We would always have the time to properly warm up, stretch, train with 15 to 20 sets, stretch and cool down, shower and head home with a cold whey shake. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. In our real lives, we have to make trade-offs involving our time, and often that translates to leaving some of our favorites from the gym.
It’s very easy for off-season bodybuilders to leave cardio off their menu when time is short. They’ll also shave off stretching, warm-ups, and other parts considered non-essential. And, when time is very short, it is the very important muscle group known as the abdominals that often take the hit and end up on the chopping block. It’s understandable to neglect abdominals in terms of the 45-minute workouts you might assign to other body parts – even smaller body parts such as calves or biceps. It is still possible to get in a good workout in a lot less time.