I've been experimenting with short, full body workouts these last few weeks, due to my schedule becoming MUCH tighter (with clients, projects, and preparing for our bouncing baby to arrive)! I've set up a circuit training routine involving compound strength and power movements performed back to back with minimal rest, typically moving from a lower body movement to an upper body exercise (ie- deep squats, push press, stiff deads, bent rows, power cleans, strap pushups, etc). I'd do each exercise for 1 set of 6-8 reps, then move to the next... repeating the circuit if time allowed.
Even though I was only using moderate weight, I tell you this program kicked my butt! Admittedly I do feel I have lost a little strength this last couple of months, but training this way (along with a cleaner diet) has kept me much leaner and my joints feel great.
Next week I'm switching back to my standard 3 day split (the tried and true Power Program my team designed, that works like gang-busters for every strength athlete I've put on it!), but I'll be modifying it until my schedule allows me to get in full workouts again. I'll let you know how it goes.
I'll also be making the Power Program available soon in ebook form... watch for it.
Comment or email me if you want a full description of the abbreviated workout I've been following, and I'd like to hear from any of you re- what programs you've tried and found effective for strength or gettin' lean. Let me know!