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“Right now I am focused on a full-body strength training program that utilizes the ‘big five’ (staples in strength training that emphasize the largest muscle groups for the greatest impact—barbell squat, barbell deadlift, pull-up (assisted), bench press and parallel bar dips,” said Jamie Eason Middleton, an ACE advanced health and fitness specialist, Gold’s Gym fitness institute expert and blogger. “I focus on this style of training twice a week (Monday & Wednesday) with a third day (Friday) that emphasizes shoulders, arms and calves. For cardio, with the weather being so nice, I like to take it outside and either do Tabata training, which involves performing a particular exercise or exercises at a high intensity for 20 seconds (go all out), followed by 10 seconds of rest. This is repeated eight times for a total training time of four minutes, so definitely not time consuming and burns lots of calories.”