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Simplify Your Exercise Program with an EDT Workout

Energy Density Training (EDT) was first formulated by Charles Staley and has been adopted by fitness professionals and athletes around the world as a means to build muscle and burn fat. The EDT workout is an efficient program designed to use major, multi-joint movements and exercises that require compound movement.

Cooper Fitness Center Dallas Director of Fitness and Professional Fitness Trainer Mary Edwards explains how to get the most “bang for your buck” with EDT.

How an EDT Exercise Program Works
EDT is a system of working out designed with freedom and flexibility. It incorporates both strength training to build muscle and metabolic work to burn fat. An EDT workout can be completed one of two ways.

  1. Complete a pre-determined number of sets and reps of one exercise (for example, eight sets of five reps), working until you complete the number of sets.
  2. Workout for a pre-determined period of time, aiming to complete as many sets/reps as possible during that time.

The typical EDT workout combines two exercises focusing on opposing muscle groups or opposing motions. For example, pairing a squat or lunge workout with an upper body pull, such as lat pull down or row. A complete workout consists of a “workout A” and “workout B.”

The range of reps is determined by the goal you are looking to accomplish. High rep workouts with minimal rest are designed to burn fat, whereas lower rep workouts with higher weight loads are designed to build strength. The weight load is determined by your repetition max. Find the load you max out on at 12-15 reps.

EDT Sample Workout
This workout can be done at home with little equipment needed. Each circuit in this fat-burning workout should be completed in 15 minutes.

  • Circuit A - Five reps push-ups followed by 10 reps squat jumps.
  • Rest - For a fat-burning workout, limit your rest between circuits to one to two minutes.
  • Circuit B - Five reps of bodyweight rows followed by 10 reps of a one-arm dumbbell (or kettlebell) snatch, alternating hands.

The key to getting the most “bang for your buck” is to focus on exercises that require the use of multiple joints and engages multiple muscle groups. EDT is both effective and efficient, saving you valuable time spent at the gym.

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