More Sets with Less Exercises for Quicker Workouts


One of the biggest excuses I hear as to why people don’t workout is time. ‘I just don’t have enough time‘ or ‘I’m too busy.’

A wise friend once told me ‘You have time for what you make time for.’ And, that pretty much sums it up as far as excuses go.

With that said, I want to share a workout strategy that will consumes less time in the gym. Here’s a way to have quicker workouts:  Do more sets with less exercises.

Quick Back Workout with More Sets

I’m going to share this morning’s back workout as an example. I normally perform 5-6, and sometimes even more exercise for my back workouts. Back is a huge, complex muscle. So it requires more overall training volume than other body parts (with the exception legs).

  • Barbell Rows
    • 5 sets x 12 reps
  • Hammer Strength Rows
    • 6 sets x 10, 10, 8, 8, 6, 6 reps
  • Lat Pulldowns
    • 4 sets x 12 reps
  • Reverse Grip Pulldown
    • 4 sets x 12 reps

If you add it up, I did a total of 19 sets for back. And I did that with only 4 exercises.

To top it off, this back workout only took about 35 minutes as opposed to the typical hour or so it takes for my normal back workouts. This is one of the quicker workouts I’ve done.

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Quicker Workouts

I’m not a fan of excuses. You either make time to workout or you don’t. It’s either a priority or it’s not. Yes, it really is that simple.

I’m also a fan of high volume workouts. I feel volume is needed for the muscle to grow. But I also realize there are times where we need quicker workouts. And it’s best to do a quick workout than nothing at all.

As you can see, you can still get a decent amount of volume (sets and reps) with quicker workouts. In fact, these quicker workouts are a bit more intense. You’re not resting as much between sets. Part of that is because you’re not having to change machines as often. My rest time between sets in this morning’s back workout was 30-45 seconds.

There are many other ways to do quicker workouts such as rest-pause sets, supersets, and a few other techniques. I like the multiple sets though. Not only does this method give you more training volume but it’s also focused. Sometimes with using techniques such as supersets, you get lost in just going through the motions to get it done. With multiple straight sets, you’re more apt to focus and hone in on the muscle you’re working.

Try this back workout on your next back day, or apply it to whatever muscle you’re working for today. Let me know how you like it!

Train with Passion,



About the Author Jason Stallworth