Many of us are limited in our time to workout. Because of this fact, we need a workout plan that includes just a few exercises. The five exercises below are the best five you can possibly do in order to have an effective workout plan.

The single most effective exercise you can do for your body is squats. Squats work the entire lower body, your butt and your legs. Because the lower body's muscle groups are larger than the upper body, this particular exercise works a larger volume of muscles than any other exercise. Therefore, squats are a necessity for having a great body.

Next, you should attempt to do bench presses and all the different variations of them for your chest and triceps. There are wide grip bench presses, standard grip bench presses, and narrow grip bench presses. Each works your chest and triceps in a different way. Wide grip bench presses maximize the work on your chest, while minimizing the work on your triceps. Standard grip bench presses work both the chest and triceps. Narrow grip bench presses minimize the work on your chest, and maximize the work on your triceps.

Pull-ups are an excellent exercise for working out your back and biceps. Just like with bench presses, there are several variations of them. Wide grip pull-ups work out the lats more, and minimize the work on your biceps. Standard grip pull-ups work out your back and biceps. Flipping your hands towards your body and doing chin-ups works out your biceps more, and your back less. All these different variations to both pull-ups and bench presses are needed to work out the most muscle groups possible.

Next, you should make sure you do not forget to work your abs and core because these muscles are in the middle of your body. With weak abs and a weak core, you are much more prone to injury. Even though crunches get a lot of bad publicity, they really are one of the most effective exercises to work your abs. Always make sure you breathe out at the top of the movement to maximize ab work and minimize neck work. You do not want to put tons of strain on the neck. You are working out your abs, not your neck. Always use proper form.

Finally, you need to consider doing deadlifts if you can. Deadlifts work out both your legs and back, making it a very effective exercise. However, when doing this exercise, it is absolutely critical that you use proper form. Squat down with your legs and lift with your legs, not your back. If you lift with your back, you could seriously damage it. This is why many people do not do deadlifts. If your form is not good or you are prone to injuring your back, you should just skip this exercise altogether.

In conclusion, these five exercises are the absolute best ones to do when your time is limited. Your body will be spent after doing all of them, which lets you know you had an effective workout.

Author's Bio: 

Marc Ouellette is a certified fitness trainer through International Sports Sciences Association and owner of Personal Training Alliance LLC. My services include in-home and online personal training for all fitness levels - grab my free report giving you the blueprint on this! Go now to and learn how to get results fast!