Get a Head Start on Your 2019 Fitness Goals With This 20-Minute Strengthening Workout

There's nothing wrong with taking time to yourself and skipping a workout or two. If you would describe your holiday season as "doing the most" and are ready to get back into a fitness routine, ease your way into it with this simple strengthening workout.

This total-body workout takes approximately 20 minutes to complete, and it can be done anywhere - great for avoiding the gym mayhem. Do it solo or grab a friend to join you.

The Workout

Don't forget to warm up before starting the workout. You'll perform this workout as a circuit, meaning you'll take little to no rest in between each exercise. Once you've completed all five exercises, take 90 seconds of rest and then repeat it for a total of five rounds.

  • Side elbow plank with a twist: 10 reps on each side
  • Side lunge to curtsy squat: 12 reps on each side
  • Basic push-up: 12 reps
  • Reverse lunge with a knee drive: 12 reps on each side
  • Mountain climber: 15 reps

This Trainer’s 4-Move Bodyweight Workout Is a “Killer Booty Burner” – You Can Do It Anywhere

The next time you find yourself thinking, "I don't have time to go to the gym," we want you to reference this workout by NASM-certified trainer Kelsey Wells. It's a low-impact, bodyweight workout that doesn't take long to do, which means you have no excuse for not training.

These exercises will activate your glute muscles, help you prevent injury, and you'll get that extra "burn" in your muscles by doing them. We hope you're ready for your glutes to be on fire!

The Low-Impact Bodyweight Workout

Kelsey said you can add these exercises into your routine as part of your warmup before a lower-body strength session or as a burnout phase. You can also put these moves together for a quick booty workout. In her caption, Kelsey said to complete four sets of 12 reps for each exercise.

Be sure to check out the video above to see how Kelsey performs each exercise.

This Trainer’s Lower-Body Workout Is So Good, It Only Takes 11 Minutes to Do

Don't let a time crunch stop you from getting in a great workout. If you're short on time and in need of something that will have you feeling like a badass, you've got to try this quick TRX workout. There are only three moves, but I promise you, walking up the stairs and putting on your pants will be challenging. And that's a good thing; it means you were working. Continue reading for the 11-minute strength workout.

The Lower-Body TRX Workout

Before getting started, be sure to warm up your muscles - here's a great dynamic warm-up. Once you're warm, set up your TRX suspension trainer. This workout should be performed with little to no rest in between each exercise. Once you've completed one round, take one minute of rest and then repeat for a total of four rounds. Don't forget to cool down and stretch once you're done.

  • TRX squat jump (or standard squat): 30 seconds
  • TRX pistol squat: 30 seconds each leg
  • TRX hamstring curl: 30 seconds

This 10-Minute Fitness Quickie Will Leave You Dripping in Sweat

When you only have 10 minutes to work out, you have to bring your all! That's why we added some plyo moves to this short sweat sesh. Don't worry, you'll work your arms and your abs as well as your legs.

Full-Body Workout

Equipment needed: None

Directions: After warming up with two minutes of light cardio (find inspiration here), perform each exercise for 45 seconds, keeping good form, before moving to the next. Repeat the circuit twice through.

Exercises:

  • Side skater
  • Lunge hop
  • Oblique mountain climber
  • Tabletop crunch with reach
  • Seated Russian twist with punch

Keep reading for a detailed description of each of these moves.

If Running Is Your Kryptonite, Try This 6-Move Cardio Strengthening Workout

Not going to lie: I find running on a treadmill to be rather boring and at times torture. If necessary, I'll do it (like when it's snowing in New York), but I'd much rather run outdoors with a great playlist or do a high-intensity workout that checks off cardio and strength training at once.

This workout is going to work your arms, legs, and abs all at once, and I can guarantee your muscles will be quivering once you're finished.

The High-Intensity Cardio Workout

You can do this workout at home, at the park, or in the gym. Wherever you do it, just be sure to go as hard as you can. If you find the workout is too intense, feel free to modify each move. For example, doing controlled reverse lunges in place of split lunge jumps.

Before getting started, be sure to warm up. This is a HIIT workout, which means you should take little to no rest in between each exercise. If that's too challenging, feel free to complete the workout at your own pace. After you've completed one round of all the exercises, take 90 seconds of rest. Beginners should do two to three rounds, and intermediate/advanced people should do four rounds.

  • Jumping jack: 20 reps
  • Drop squat: 15 reps
  • Mountain climber: 30 reps
  • Split lunge jump: 20 reps
  • Side skater: 20 reps
  • Burpee with tuck jump: 10 reps

“Abs, Core, and a Little Bit More” Bodyweight Workout

To make the most of this 10-minute ab workout, we collected five exercises that target the abs but offer additional benefits. Not only does that make the workout more fun, but it makes it more effective, too.

Full-Body Ab Workout

Equipment needed: None

Directions: After warming up with two minutes of light cardio (find inspiration here), perform each exercise for 45 seconds, keeping good form, before moving to the next. Repeat the circuit twice through.

Exercises:

  • Squat to side crunch
  • Plank with arm circle
  • Trunk twist
  • Pilates scissors
  • Frogger

Keep reading for detailed descriptions, including photos, of each exercise.

A Quick Long and Lean Bodyweight Workout

We love adding lengthening moves into our strength training, and this workout does just that. These feel-good bodyweight exercises will stretch you out while toning you all over.

Long and Lean Workout

Equipment needed: None

Directions: After warming up with two minutes of light cardio (find inspiration here), perform each exercise for one minute, keeping good form, before moving to the next. Repeat the circuit twice.

Exercises:

  • Alternating lunge with shoulder squeeze
  • Down Dog push-up
  • Single-leg deadlift
  • Superman

Keep reading for detailed explanations and images of the moves.

If You Think Barre Is Easy, Wait Until You Try This 30-Minute Strengthening Workout

To be completely honest, I've never really been big on barre workouts. But when I heard about Pure Barre's new strength workout, Pure Reform, I decided to give it a shot. To my surprise, it was really good.

The classic Pure Barre class focuses on low-impact, isometric movements, while the Pure Reform program combines classic positions with resistance-based strength training. If you can't get to a Pure Barre studio and are ready for every muscle in your body to quiver, give this exclusive 30-minute workout a shot.

HIIT It With This Total-Body Tabata

When it comes to making the most out of a quick workout, you need to hit it with some high-intensity interval training (aka HIIT). The Tabata Protocol is a highly structured, quick, and efficient form of HIIT - each round is only four minutes long, divided into eight 20-second periods of work followed by 10 seconds of rest.

This workout comprises a short warmup, followed by two rounds of Tabata. To keep thing exciting, you get to alternate between exercises within each Tabata; this helps keep your muscles fresh so you can really go your max during the work intervals. We recommend using a SIT app to keep track of your timing.

Full-Body Tabata

Equipment needed: None

Directions: After a quick 90-second warmup, alternate between 20 seconds of high-intensity work with 10 seconds of rest - alternating between the two exercises listed for each round - for eight work intervals, four minutes total. Take a one-minute rest between rounds of Tabata.

Warmup

  • Jumping jack: 30 seconds
  • Alternating side lunge: 30 seconds
  • Fast feet: 30 seconds

Tabata 1:

  • Burpee
  • Side skater

Tabata 2:

  • Knees and toes
  • Twisted mountain climber

For detailed descriptions and images of each of these moves, keep reading.

This 10-Minute Core Workout Will Leave Your Abs Worked

Give us 10 minutes and we will have you feeling your abs! Working your abs from a variety of angles with these 10 different exercises translates to a strong and tight core. And with no equipment needed, you can do this workout anywhere.

All-Abs Workout

Equipment needed: None.

Directions: Perform each exercise for 30 seconds and then repeat one more time. Cool down with a few minutes of stretching (find inspiration here).

Exercises:

  • Plank to runner's lunge
  • Elbow plank
  • Seated sidewinders
  • Sit-up
  • Side plank right
  • Side plank left
  • Seated Russian twist
  • Leg flutters
  • Push-up to side plank
  • Superman

Keep reading for detailed explanations and photos of each of the exercises.