8 Minutes in the Morning review8 Minutes in the Morning is a workout plan created by bestselling author and celebrity fitness trainer, Jorge Cruise. The theory behind this plan is that if you dedicated yourself to an 8-minute workout every morning, you could lose two pounds in one week. This exercise plan also promises that you will boost your metabolism, build lean muscles, burn fat fast, and trim and tone your body.

Cruise’s program requires participants to engage in four sets each of two strength-training exercises, six days per week. More specifically, you will perform two exercises for two parts of the body for each day. For instance, one day you might focus on back and chest exercises, the next day you will target your abs and shoulders, and so on. Other areas targeted include: calves and buttocks, hamstrings and quadriceps, triceps and biceps, and inner and outer thighs. The strength-training routines consist of exercises like bicep curls, push-ups, etc.

Essentially, the way it works is, after a fast warm-up, you perform one set of 12 repetitions of the suggested exercise for the day, and immediately follow with 12 repetitions of the second exercise. This cycle is repeated three more times and the workout for the day is completed.

The 8 Minutes in the Morning routine is ideal for those who do not have time for the gym or who are looking for a simple fitness program that they can perform quickly and easily at home, without the use of equipment. That being said, due to the simplicity of the short workouts, this plan lacks resistance and cardio training and is best suited to fitness beginners who are relatively inactive. Cruise has said that the program is designed specifically for weight loss and not for overall fitness. Therefore, anyone who is interested in full-body fitness will not be satisfied with this plan.

Furthermore, while Cruise says that the short and simple workouts done in the morning will help to give a person’s metabolism a boost throughout the day, he does recognize that cardiovascular exercise is important for keeping the heart and lungs healthy. As such, a section on power walking can also be found in his book.

In addition, prior to starting the program, Cruise suggests for participants to resolve any emotional eating issues they may have. He also encourages simple portion management. This consists of splitting your plate in equal portions, with half of the plate made up of vegetables and fruits and the other half made up of protein and carbohydrates. The meals designed for the 8 Minutes in the Morning program are high in complex carbs, vegetables, fruits, omega fats, lean protein and dairy.

The 8 Minutes in the Morning book can be purchased online and provides you with everything you need to get started.

Always remember to consult with your healthcare provider before making any dramatic changes to your exercise routine.