You bet, according to Tony Horton.
Who the heck is Horton? Let’s do what, first. Tony Horton is funny and witty. Who is he? A motivator. He shows and tells - engages - us to get us off our butts – and move. He has laid out words and ways - commercially, definitively, and conclusively - according to he - that says we can be who we want to see, unconditionally. Quickly.
Let’s bask in brevity, crack open the case, and see what exactly is this 10 minute method’s reasoning and rationale.
The ultimate feature is low level of time commitment: you don’t have to marry exercise for an hour+ each day; you can intensely reach the fruits of your labor with an - ahem, wham bam thank you ma’am, Horton-hard 10 minute session.
And if someone does not have 10 minutes a day to put aside for easy or extreme physical exercise, give up now. Continue discovering the looming and lasting laggard within, instead. Tony, however, with his “infotainment” style and sense, would never say this. But he will say: GET A HEART MONITOR if you wish to train! And “step away from the scale.” And “sleeping is healing.”
So, the 10-Minute Trainer is our starting point. As shown on the Dr. Oz show, Tony points out that beginners can (and should) simplify the moves, which are an intense blend of cardio, strength, and flexibility training - to their present lot in life. As they get fit, they can do the routine the way Tony does.
Super stacking. This is the term describing Tony Horton’s methods. That and muscle confusion. It’s a blend of that cardio with resistance exercises which will tone up those muscles and trim down that weight. There is a meal guide, an exercise calendar, and the “gym” set of resistance bands. Well they, and 10 minutes, sound pretty portable. Maybe this 10 minute program can be done whilst on the road for work or play. (And if you stop at a 7-Eleven on your way to work or play, you’ll see that Tony Horton has partnered with them to offer “...fresh and healthy sandwiches...” Horton emphasizes: “It’s about the food.” He also talks of Shakeology, but that’s a topic for another day...)
You know what - starting out with 10 minutes of exercise sounds ideal for the beginner, or for that someone who wants to re-stick their big toe into the pool of fitness and fat loss. If one doesn’t over do the exercises in that allotted time span, injury should be kept at bay. Because we all know: injury kills that dedication to changing one’s physical appearance and habits.
Tony Horton is not some fly-by-night-good-time-Charlie out to make a fast buck from a fast workout. He’s been at this for some 25 years. He comes by his conclusions, distilled to this 10 minute essence (plus a warm up and cool down), through a thorough brew-mixture of personal training, combining the above mentioned cardio, strength, and flexibility - with speed, and balance.
And read, and heed, this: Tony’s big on FLEXIBILITY.
To achieve all-round fitness we should know, inherently, that a combination of movements, hitting all facets of physical conditioning, is necessary. Otherwise, you end up like the strange guy with 26” biceps and a 20” waist - too much of the original body beautiful, Venice Beach, California ideal.
Tony Horton favors the benefits from cross training and interval training. For a while he was a fitness trainer to big-time stars like Billy Idol. It would seem highly unlikely that sneering, snarling Billy would spend more than a nano-second with someone who did not know what they were talking about. Plyometrics (jumping around) and yoga found their way into the conditioning cauldron and culminated in P90X. Heard of it? No matter, let’s stay on track with the 10-minute workout…
One of his official beachbody.com videos describes the 10-minute trainer as taking someone from “unfit to unbelievable” with “extreme results in record time.” Real men and women either declare they lost “x” pounds or “y” inches off their waist. What they don’t mention, at least on this video, is the length of time it took, but the before-and-after pictures startle. Professional models also appear, affirming that the 10-minute trainer is perfect for “long and lean” results, adding if you don’t want to “bulk up” this is the routine,
with its synergistic series of upper, lower, abs, and cardio-centered movements done concurrently, not sequentially,
It advertises itself as fast and intense and the movements certainly look robust. (Dr. Oz worked up a sweat, and he’s in pretty good shape, himself!) To that end - remember - don’t get fooled by the short time frame and start wheeling and dealing at full level in an effort to copy those on the video. You’ll blow a few gaskets to be sure if your muscles have been mummified for a while. Throw your ego out the window and go slow and easy, consult your doctor, and maybe if done at your level, gradually working up in speed and range of motion, then for you too, the 10-minute trainer could be what the doctor ordered.
And, as a happy by-product bonus, your brain will benefit too!