How to use combination exercises for faster results

I’m a quality versus quantity type of person. Sometimes I combine the two, as noted by my makeup collection and jeans wardrobe. But otherwise, I’d rather have one really nice thing than a bunch of lesser quality ones.   

Take friends, for instance. 

I don’t have many, but those I have mean a lot to me. So when a relationship I thought was solid suddenly goes awry, it hurts. A lot.

It’s happened to me several times in the past. You’d think I’d learn, but nope. I keep falling for the charm of certain people and then one day realize it’s been a one-sided relationship all along.

That eureka moment results in a period of mourning, regret and, yes, sometimes, overeating to compensate for the hole in my heart where the rain comes in.

Wait, that’s a song. But it fits so let’s go with it. 

I talked about this in a prior post in regard to an emotionally abusive relationship I got involved in back in the early 90s. After more than a year of suffering, I gathered up the strength to leave.

I ended up  by literally escaping in the middle of the night like a fugitive in a Jason Bourne movie.

Only Matt Damon was nowhere to be found. Just me and a life I had to start over from scratch.

I found myself in a similar situation, although less serious, about six years ago. This particular “friendship” (because it never really was) ended slowly, like pulling the first piece of cheesy pizza out of the box.

When I finally broke free it took about four years before I could even talk about it, because I thought this other person was well loved and no one would believe me. Turned out, her life fell apart all around her as one-by-one, people began seeing her for her real self. 

Karma = the best revenge.

That particular person single-handedly did more damage to my trust in humankind than anyone in the history of relationships.

This brings me to the elephant in the room, the one question I’ve asked myself (and more than one therapist) time and time again: WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH ME??

When it comes to friendships I am loyal to a fault. Even when all signs point to EXIT NOW! YES, YOU! I choose to ignore the signs when I really like someone. In other words, if relationships were the Titanic, I’d stay on that sinking ship until the last lifeboat went out, believing it will all soon be alright, even as I slip under the frigid waters of my own naivetivity. 

So now I’m in a situation wondering how did I end up here, on an ice floe in the middle of the Pacific, AGAIN??  

Clearly, my intuition needs a bit of fine tuning. And by “a bit” I mean a total overhaul.

Ditto for my ability to choose my friends wisely.

On the plus side, I am apparently a MASTER at trusting the absolute worst people in the history of the world.

So if you need help with that, call me.

How does this possibly relate to fitness, you ask? Great question. It seriously doesn’t.

It absolutely does because, like relationships, some things are better when they’re together, and others should never meet. Like the people you thought were friends who end up being psychos.

But I digress.

In the case of exercises, combining two or even three moves together creates a few benefits:

  • Saves time
  • Boosts metabolism by using more muscles at once
  • More closely mimics real-life activity 
  • Adds fun and challenge
  • Helps you avoid making bad friendship decisions

Okay, all but the last one holds true. Still, adding them to your workouts is worth your while.

You can do this in a couple of different ways:

–Do one exercise that morphs into another using the same resistance (think biceps curls and overhead press)

–Combine a lower and upper body move into one (squat and lateral raise)

Here is a 3-move-in-one example to get you started… 

NOW YOU… do YOU use exercise combos in your workout routine — or will you try this one? Let me know in the comments section below… and please share this with your Ageless friends! 

Other posts you may enjoy:

7 Fat-Burning Walking Workouts (plus survey results!)

3 Favorite, most challenging ab exercises I love to hate

How to firm up thighs for real (includes new video!)

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  1. Sharon on March 2, 2017 at 5:43 am

    Linda- I can totally relate to this post. I have lost 4 “friends” in the past 3 years and have begun to wonder what the heck is wrong with me? Even though each relationship ended very differently, the common denominator is ME! What vibe am I putting out there that constantly attracts these people into my life? And why am I so drawn to them? Don’t get me started on trust, sister! Apparently, if you have a bridge in New York you are trying to sell, I am your gal! Here’s to making better choices in the future and learning from our choices in the past. Oh, and the combo exercises are a great tip, too!

    • Linda Melone on March 2, 2017 at 7:19 am

      Hi Sharon! You are not alone. I believe it takes two to Tango, so to speak. Personally, I know I ignore red flags when I really like someone. That’s never good. In this latest case, I knew this person was/is a narcissist but somehow felt it would “be different” with me. Nope! That was my mistake :).

  2. Sylvia on March 2, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Please post more examples of exercise combos. I like being able to hit more than one spot. Work smarter, not harder. 🙂

    • Linda Melone on March 2, 2017 at 8:40 am

      Will do, Sylvia! I need to work on others. Stay tuned…

  3. Rosheen on March 2, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Thanks Linda, funnily enough I just tried your combo this week. I was going through some of your You Tube posts to refresh my memory and workouts and thought this was a good one! I’d be keen for more also. Keep smiling

    • Linda Melone on March 5, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      Thanks, Rosheen!

  4. Patricia Scott on March 2, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Hi Linda it was hard to read this post because my friend of 38 years told me she had out grown me. I know she has some issues I wished she would have let me help her through. It just so much to have her dump me.
    As far as the combo exercise I liked those. I will definitely try those.

    • Linda Melone on March 5, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      Ugh! Sorry to hear, Pat. But clearly it happens to the best of us. Hang in there. xo

  5. Cathy on March 4, 2017 at 3:48 am

    We do a lot of combo exercises where i work out. I am also trying Accupuncture to help with weight loss as i am having such a hard time with weight loss.

    • Linda Melone on March 5, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      Let me know if that works for you, Cathy. I haven’t heard much about acupuncture and weight loss.

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