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How to Get a Full-Body Workout with a 2-Minute Circuit

A circuit routine is excellent if you’re trying to get your entire body in shape, but you just don’t have much time to work out. A good circuit workout will hit all of the muscles in your body, pushing them to their limits with just a few exercises. You should aim to do a circuit workout three times a week, every other day.

We’ve put together a simple circuit routine that you can do quickly and easily. Each circuit should take you only two minutes.

Military Presses

This exercise hits your chest and it definitely makes the triceps burn. The focus, however, is on your anterior deltoids and trapezius muscles, helping to define them and increase them in size. It’s a great upper body workout that even hits some of the muscles in your back.

Lunges

This is a tough one to do, and getting it right will take some practice. Make sure to use the correct form, as it’s the best way to prevent injuries to your knees. Add weight if you can handle it, or just use your body weight if you’re new to this exercise.

Mountain Climbers

Mountain climbers focus on your core and, as it’s a high-intensity exercise, you’ll some cardio in too. This is an isometric (static) exercise for your upper body, but it’s the legs and core that feel it the most.

How to Get a Cardio Workout without Leaving Home

Snow has blanketed much of the country for the last few weeks, making it very difficult to get out of the house and get to the gym. Those that depend entirely on the gym for their exercise are going to suffer, but thankfully you can get a great workout without ever having to leave your home.

How is this possible?

Simple: you don’t just have to run, cycle, or use the elliptical machine to get a great cardio workout! Weightlifting can be an excellent cardio workout when done right, and you’ll find that a lot of body-weight workouts are great for building muscle as well as getting your heart beating. Running isn’t the only awesome workout, but you can do all kinds of exercises to push your heart.

With the workouts below, you’ll have a great cardio session without having to brave the cold.

Day 1

Do each of the following exercises for 20 seconds at full intensity, and rest for 10 seconds.

  • Kettlebell swings
  • Squat jumps
  • High knees
  • Jump Lunge

Beginners should do three rounds of this workout, intermediates should do five, and more advanced exercisers should go for 8 rounds.

Day 2

Do the following:

  • 10 push-ups
  • 30 bicycle crunches
  • 10 burpees
  • 60 seconds of plank
  • 10 lunges (each leg)

Do all of these without stopping, and give yourself a one minute rest before moving on to your second round. Do three rounds if you’re a beginner, or go for five if you can handle it.

Day 3

Do the following:

  • 30 seconds of right side plank
  • 30 seconds of left side plank
  • 30 seconds of plank elbow hold
  • 10 lunges (each leg)
  • 10 burpees

Give yourself a 60 second rest, and do no less than three rounds of this exercise.

Day 4

Do the following:

  • 20 burpees
  • 20 mountain climbers
  • 10 push-ups
  • 10 lunges (each leg)
  • 60 seconds in plank position

Give yourself 60 seconds to rest, and do no fewer than three rounds.

Day 5

Do the following:

  • 10 lunges (each leg)
  • 60 seconds in plank position
  • 30 crunches
  • 10 push ups
  • 30 bicycle crunches

Give yourself one minute to rest, and do at least three rounds–go for five if you’re in better shape.

This workout just spans five days, but you can use the exercises from the various workouts if you want to work out a sixth day. You’ll find that this workout will be surprisingly good for your heart as well as your muscles.

The reason that it’s so great is that you never stop moving, so all of the muscles in your body will be worked before you take a break. Your heart will be forced to pump hard in order to provide all of the different muscles with enough energy, so it will work until you take your 60 second break.

Doing rounds ensures that your muscles are stressed properly, and you can even build muscle using these body-weight/weighted exercises. You can use a few simple free weights, or you can find body-weight exercises to replace the kettlebell exercise in Day 1. The most important thing is that you push hard!