Total-Body Blast: 20-Minute Circuit Workout

This quick strength workout targets all of your major muscle groups

Let’s talk about circuit training. It may not be as popular as high intensity interval training or Soul Cycle, but that’s not to say that it isn’t just as effective in terms of improving your fitness.

In fact, it's similar to HIIT and has the same ability to increase both cardiovascular and muscular endurance with just one workout session. And because of the fast-paced, varying nature of circuit workouts we think they can be just as fun as your favorite boutique fitness class.

Circuit workouts, like the one laid out here, are usually designed to include anywhere from 8 to 12 exercises (although it could be more or less) that are repeated one right after the other, typically with small amounts of rest in between.

This one includes eight exercises that alternate between upper-body, lower-body and total-body resistance exercises so that you can target all of your major muscle groups while working up a little bit of a sweat at the same time.

If you’re ready to work out right now, click here to see all eight exercises.

You’ll need a pair of dumbbells, a sturdy chair, bench or gym step, and one kettlebell. Perform the prescribed amount of repetitions for each exercise before immediately moving on to the next.  One round of all eight exercises counts as one circuit. Repeat the circuit three times, with one minute of rest in between each circuit.

Wanna work out some more? Check out some more of our workouts below!

High Intensity Circuit Training Workout
6 Highly Effective Crunch-Free Ab Exercises
20-Minute At-Home HIIT Workout
Cardio Kickboxing Workout
High Intensity Interval Workout

Thanks to Body Space Fitness in New York City for sharing their exercise space with us.