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Four Fun, Fast, and Effective Workouts for Busy Women

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, finding time to exercise can seem like an insurmountable challenge. However, incorporating quick and efficient workouts into your busy schedule is not only feasible but also incredibly beneficial for your physical and mental well-being. As a certified fitness instructor, I'm here to share four fun, fast, and effective workouts specifically tailored for busy women like yourself. Let's dive in and get those endorphins flowing!


1. Tabata Training: The Power of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)


Tabata training is a form of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) that consists of short bursts of intense exercise followed by brief rest periods. This workout is perfect for busy women because it can be completed in just ten minutes, making it easy to squeeze into even the busiest of schedules.


Workout Structure:


  • Choose ten exercises (e.g., jumping jacks, squats, push-ups, burpees, etc.).

  • Perform the chosen exercises at maximum intensity for 45 seconds.

  • Rest for 15 seconds.

  • You’re done! One cycle of ten exercises = ten minutes (and trust me, it will go by FAST).

Benefits:


  • Time-Efficient: With just ten minutes, you can torch calories and boost your metabolism.

  • Increased Endurance: Tabata improves cardiovascular endurance and builds stamina.

  • Fat Loss: The high-intensity nature of Tabata promotes fat loss and lean muscle development.


10 Minutes A Day Tabata Training HIIT Workout
Example of Tabata Training HIIT Workout

2. Circuit Training: Maximizing Efficiency with Compound Movements


Circuit training involves performing a series of exercises back-to-back with minimal rest in between. This workout is highly versatile and can be customized to target specific muscle groups or provide a full-body workout in a short amount of time.


Workout Structure:


  • Choose 5-8 exercises targeting different muscle groups (e.g., push-ups, lunges, planks, kettlebell swings).

  • Perform each exercise for 30-60 seconds, completing as many repetitions as possible with good form.

  • Rest for 1-2 minutes after completing one full circuit.

  • Repeat the circuit 2-3 times.


Benefits:


  • Efficient: Circuit training combines strength and cardio exercises, maximizing calorie burn and muscle engagement.

  • Versatile: You can tailor the workout to your fitness level and goals by adjusting the intensity and exercise selection.

  • Time-Saving: Get a full-body workout in ten minutes, perfect for busy schedules.



10 Minute Circuit Training
Example of Circuit Training

3. EMOM (Every Minute on the Minute): A Time-Conscious Challenge


EMOM workouts challenge you to complete a set number of repetitions of a specific exercise within a minute, with any remaining time used for rest. This format encourages you to push yourself to complete the prescribed repetitions quickly, making it ideal for busy women looking for a fast and effective workout.


Workout Structure:


  • Choose an exercise or series of exercises (e.g., squats, push-ups, mountain climbers).

  • Set a predetermined number of repetitions (e.g., 10-15 reps).

  • At the start of each minute, perform the designated number of repetitions.

  • Use any remaining time in the minute to rest.

  • Start the next set at the beginning of the next minute.

  • Continue for 10-20 minutes, depending on your fitness level.


Benefits:


  • Time-Bound: EMOM workouts are structured and time-bound, making them easy to fit into a busy schedule.

  • Intensity: Push yourself to complete the designated repetitions quickly, leading to increased intensity and calorie burn.

  • Progress Tracking: Easily track your progress by aiming to complete more repetitions in the same timeframe or increasing the difficulty of the exercises.


10 Minute EMOM Workout
Example of EMOM (Every Minute on the Minute) Workout

4. AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible): Pushing Your Limits in a Set Timeframe


AMRAP workouts challenge you to complete as many rounds of a circuit of exercises as possible within a set timeframe. This format encourages you to work at a high intensity while focusing on form and efficiency.


Workout Structure:


  • Choose 3-5 exercises targeting different muscle groups (e.g., squats, push-ups, kettlebell swings, burpees).

  • Set a timeframe (e.g., 10, 15, or 20 minutes).

  • Perform each exercise consecutively for a set number of repetitions or time.

  • Complete as many rounds of the circuit as possible within the designated timeframe, resting as needed.


Benefits:


  • Intensity: AMRAP workouts push you to work at a high intensity, maximizing calorie burn and cardiovascular benefits.

  • Efficiency: Complete a full-body workout in a short amount of time, perfect for busy schedules.

  • Motivation: Challenge yourself to beat your previous round count or set new personal records, keeping you motivated and engaged.

AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible) 10 Minute Workout
Example of AMRAP Workout


Incorporate these fun, fast, and effective workouts into your routine to stay active and energized, even with a busy schedule. Remember to listen to your body, stay hydrated, and always prioritize proper form to prevent injury. Here's to a healthier, happier you! If you have questions about a special exercise, please send us your questions or comment below!


Disclaimer: Exercise is not without risks, and it's essential to consult with a medical professional before starting any new exercise program, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions or concerns.


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