The mom of a 7-year-old and 6-year-old triplets employed an unusual workout regimen for a competitive figure contestant.
“I gained 25 pounds in college,” says Johnson, “mostly because I’ve always hated cardio. But I knew without it I couldn’t be competitive.”
So she found a local women’s-only fitness center whose philosophy combined strength training and cardio.
Johnson checked her progress against a friend training for the same event. “She lifted weights and did cardio two to three hours a day, six days a week,” she says. “I did my 30-minute workout, three to five days a week, and nothing else. Our results were comparable.”
Research supports Johnson’s experience. “It’s possible to make significant improvements with this program,” says Dr. Richard Kreider, who recently presented the results of the 2008 Curves/Avon Fitness Study.
“People think you have to work out for hours a day to get really fit,” says Johnson, “but if I give it my all during those 30 minutes, I don’t have to.”