The 10-Minute Trainer is a workout program introduced by trainer Tony Horton. Designed to cater to busy lifestyles by keeping workouts short, but intense enough to yield real results, these assorted workouts work the entire body with or without workout aids.
- Quick enough for even the busiest schedules
- 5 different workouts that can be performed in any order
- Workouts can be combined for longer, more intense sessions
- Works out the entire body
- Uses resistance bands for variation
- It’s intense, which makes it difficult for some beginners
- Encourages the use of bands attached to doors, which becomes a problem if you have ill-placed door or no doors
Most other workout programs require you to dedicate at least 30-minute chunks of time to workouts, a time luxury I couldn’t afford. At the same time, I didn’t want to do a “pansy” workout, or a workout that just warmed me up and then stopped. Having also tried Tony Horton’s P90X, I felt that this would be worth a shot, and it was. Being deathly afraid of the “Freshman 15”, I purchased the 10-minute trainer during my first year of college, determined to stay in shape despite my 17 credit schedule. The program adheres to the short workouts all across the board, but they’re designed where you can combine more than one for a more intense workout on days that find themselves with extra time.
So, Why the 10 Minute Trainer Workout Program?
Of course, the short length of the workouts means that getting a six pack will take longer than if you hit the gym for an hour every day, but that’s not to say it won’t help. The 10-Minute Trainer is designed to work different muscle groups together for a thorough workout that doesn’t stagnate any particular muscle group.
One of the major things I loved about the workout was that it didn’t rely on workout aids to provide a good workout. The program does encourage the use of resistance bands, but unlike other workout programs that feel “too light” when performed without the aids, this continues to challenge muscle and raise your metabolism for a high calorie burn. Because of this, and the fact that they’re literally only ten minutes, I slipped a pair of the DVDs into my weekend bag when I went away for field work and have kept up the practice ever since.
I only had two complaints with the program:
- The workouts with bands encouraged you to fix the resistance bands to a door. The only door in my dorm was the exit door, which was situated in a recess in the wall and didn’t leave much flexibility. It would have been nice to gather some other ideas for resistance, other than having someone hold them for you.
- You need a decent amount of space. This didn’t matter when I moved into an apartment and had more space, but you’re required to run around a bit throughout the workouts, and tiny dorm room floors were just not ideal. Of course you could get away with running in place, but it still felt like cheating to me.
The 10-Minute Trainer is full of workouts that range from cardio exercises that get your metabolism racing by requiring you to run around and reach to provide stretch to your muscles; lunges and kicks strengthen, extend, and tone legs; be warned: the lunges will leave you sore the first dozen times. The abs workout quickly became my favorite and provided fantastic results; I still perform some of the exercises without the DVD. There’s a separate lower body section that uses different styles of lunges and kicks to target the quads and gluts, as well as a total body session that gets the whole body motivated. There’s also a Yoga session, which provides an excellent change in pace for lazier days and provides great stretch to the body. The use of resistance bands is implemented throughout these workouts, but you can easily eliminate the use of it for a lighter, less intense workout.
The 10-Minute Trainer program is an excellent complement to a busy lifestyle, but is, by no means, a get-in-shape program unless you choose to dedicate a lot of time to it. It’s an excellent gateway to Tony Horton’s p90x program, which is much more intense and requires a lot more dedication. The 10-Minute Trainer is a great alternative to jogging and walking because it saves time and exercises muscles that would otherwise be unused. It worked especially well for me after dedicating a summer to getting in shape to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle. In addition, the DVDs were accompanied by a tiny meal plan pamphlet which gave me some direction for healthy eating, which certainly kept the freshman 15 away.
The 10-Minute Trainer is available from Beachbody for just two payments of $39.95 plus $19.95 shipping and handling. Included with your six-DVD purchase is a resistance band kit, a rapid results guidebook, cardio belt, 10-minute recipe guide, and customized workout calendar, plus two bonuses of On-the-go workout cards and a two-day jump start plan. Plus, for a limited time, you can receive 3 additional workouts, 24/7 online support, and a customized calendar for no additional cost.