Jennifer Aniston is apparently all about the #SimpleLife. Speaking to InStyle, she shared that her go-to workout is what she has coined the ’15-15-15 method’: a straightforward 15 minutes on a bike, followed by 15 minutes on a cross trainer and 15 minutes on a treadmill.
‘I had an injury last fall and I was only able to do Pilates, which I absolutely love,’ she said. ‘But I was missing that kind of sweat when you just go for it.’ So, once she’d recovered, she was happy to be ‘going back to my 15-15-15, which is a 15-minute spin, elliptical, run,’ adding, ‘It’s just old school: I can chase myself around a gym.’
If I’m honest, my first thoughts are that spending 15 mins back-to-back on a bike, cross-trainer and treadmill sounds pretty boring, but if it works for Jen it can’t be thaaaat bad, can it? Plus, splitting a cardio session up into different kinds would surely make it more interesting than doing 45 mins on one machine, and while I’m a weightlifting convert, I know that there are some benefits I can only get from cardio.
Still, I currently do max 20 mins (sometimes 10) jogging once a week, on days when I’m doing an upper body strength workout since they’re usually shorter than the leg workouts I do (I never spend more than 60 mins in the gym and strength work is my priority, so cardio is an accompaniment as and only when I have the time). But I’m curious. I know that I’ll never stop weightlifting now, but on the odd occasion that I may fancy a fully cardio workout, could Jen’s 15-15-15 method be the way to go? To find out, I tried it for myself, and asked the experts for their verdict. Here’s everything you need to know.
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What are the benefits of doing this kind of workout?
PT and fitness coach Chelsea Labadini explains that the USP of Jen’s 15-15-15 method when compared to other forms of cardio is the fact that the three blocks can make it much more appealing than sticking to one machine for 45 minutes. ‘Changing up your equipment can make your workouts way more interesting,’ she tells us. ‘There’s nothing magical about combining these particular machines or timings, but it is good if you’re looking to do a substantial amount of cardio without getting bored.’
I was also keen to hear if, at 53, Jen’s age could have been what swayed her to do this kind of workout. Turns out, Labadini wagers that this may well be the case, since the 15-15-15 method has lots of benefits for her age group.
‘Generally speaking, I find that women in this age group prefer low impact workouts, and this workout is low impact for the first 30 minutes,’ she explains.
What’s more, according to the NHS, the average age for a woman in the UK to start the menopause is 51, and Labadini adds that the running portion of…