For those of you who lead a hectic lifestyle and don’t think you have time to build a kick-ass body, think again. The simple solution to your dilemma is combination compound training

This style of strength training quickly builds muscle mass and dramatically enhances overall fitness while strengthening the body as a whole.

Performing compound exercises will help you save time as well as increase your power and endurance. This is because compound movements hit numerous muscle groups as you perform multi-joint movements through a range of motion. 

Here are three great compound movements to get you in superior shape without spending hours at the gym:

Compound Exercise 1: Squat jump into lunge 

Target muscles: Quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, and glutes

– Set up a barbell on a rack, then slowly lift it off of the rack and onto the back of your neck. *The barbell should be a light/moderate weight that will allow you to confidently jump up without getting injured.

– Ensure your feet are shoulder-width apart.

– Jump straight up into the air and land into a squat position.

– On completion of the squat go straight into a lunge, right leg in front of left, then lunge your left leg in front of your right. This constitutes as 1 rep.

Perform 12-15 reps x 8 sets 

Compound Exercise #2: Clean into front squat 

Target musclesQuadriceps, shoulders, and calves 

– Lift the barbell from the rack/ground and ensure the weight isnt overloaded.

– Lower yourself into a squat and hold the bar in front of your shins with a shoulder-width, overhand grip.

– Then shrug your shoulders as you pull the bar straight up and rise onto your toes.

– As the bar approaches chest height, bend your knees and swing your elbows forward to catch the bar in your fingers.

– While keeping your elbows high, lower your body until your thighs are parallel to the floor, then push back up and lower the bar to the starting position.

Perform 12-15 reps x 8 sets

Compound Exercise #3: Deadlift into bicep curl

Target muscles: Quadriceps, shoulders, calves, and biceps 

– Squat down and grasp a barbell with a shoulder-width or slightly narrower underhand grip.

– Standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, your knees slightly bent, and your back straight, draw your abs in and  lift the bar by extending hips and knees to full extension.

– Then curl the bar by bending at the elbows, bringing your wrists to your shoulders and keeping your elbows in a locked position.

– Extend your arms and return the bar to the standing position at your thighs.

– Return to the starting position by bending at the waist and bringing the bar back down to just above the floor.

Perform 10-12 reps x 6 sets