Sculpt the Perfect Body | FitnessRX for Women

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Cardio and resistance training are equally important when it comes to sculpting the perfect body. But time is of the essence, and hitting the gym twice per day (once for cardio and once for weight) may not be an option.

So what’s the best way to build muscle and burn fat all in one trip to the gym? IFBB Figure Pro Ava Cowan says, “It’s about incorporating your basic bodybuilding-style moves with plyometrics and then taking it one step further by utilizing what’s called active rests.” An example of an active rest is performing abdominal exercises in between sets to allow your targeted muscle group to rest while still working.

For instance, begin with your set of squats for 8-12 reps, then immediately go into squat jumps for about 20 reps to totally exhaust the muscle group, and then rest with an abdominal exercise. All three functions combined provide an intense…

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