If you’ve ever skipped a workout or trip to the gym because you told yourself you just didn’t have enough time, these combination exercises might be just what you need to tighten up your workout time! Combination exercises involve more than one joint and muscle group, which makes them a great choice for effectively utilizing more muscles in less time.
There is a diverse set of combination exercises, and depending on what your workout focuses on, obviously you would want to pick different exercises for specific muscle groups. But since combinations allow you to work more of them, therefore also burning more calories, choosing the best exercises gives you an even more efficient routine.
We’ve had our exercise experts explain what their favorite combination exercise is, and why it is such an effective choice. Give them a try and see if you find it makes a difference!
Best Combination Exercise #1 | DB Lunge With Shoulder Press
Best Combination Exercise #2 | DB Clean and Press
I already listed the DB Clean and Press as the best exercise to lose weight, which is also a combination movement. Some others to consider are reverse wood chop using the cable machine, which combines a rotation, squat, and a pull, T-push ups, which combine rotation and pushing, and a DB stiff legged deadlift with an upright row. On a cable machine, you can get creative and create many different combination exercises and movements. Generally, I prefer circuits of exercises rather than choosing several combination exercises, but that’s me. I find I can lift harder and heavier using circuits, so I stay strong without sacrificing my overall conditioning.
– Marc Perry, CSCS, CPT
Best Combination Exercise #3 | Shoulder Press To Reverse Lunge
Best Combination Exercise #4 | Barbell Front Squat & Press
Best Combination Exercise #5 | Burpee Variations
We hope you find some new exercises to try from these combinations to give your muscles a great workout!