3 Fat-Blasting 30-Minute Full-Body Circuit Workouts

These circuit workouts will help you shed pounds

These circuit workouts will help you shed pounds | iStock.com

It’s time to stop just focusing on your belly, arms, and legs. While we can’t offer any advice on how to completely turn your body around overnight, we do have some other ideas. Circuit training can offer you a workout that will target all of your muscles so that as you workout, you are slimming everything down at once.

Thirty minutes is all it takes for these three individual circuits.

1. Simple Circuit

A woman performing a circuit workout

A woman performing a circuit workout | iStock.com

Our first circuit is brought to you by Women’s Health, Senior Fitness Editor, Jen Ator, C.S.C.S., and author of Shape Up Shortcuts. There are seven workouts total and you want to do each for 60 seconds with an uncapped amount to get through — the trick is to do it right — sacrificed form for more is nowhere near as beneficial than a properly executed less. Once you complete all seven workouts rest for a minute or two to catch your breath and then brace yourself for set two of the complete three:

  • Forward Lunge
  • Squat Jump
  • Pushup
  • Bend and Thrust
  • Plie Squat
  • Jumping Jacks
  • T Stabilization
  • Seated Rotation

2. HIIT Circuit

A woman doing lunges

A woman doing lunges | iStock.com

Thinking of taking it up a notch? But still need to be done in 30 minutes? Try a full-body HIIT (high-intensity interval training) program to really get your blood pumping. Brought to you by Skye Taylor, sponsored athlete of Champion Nutrition USA, you will repeat this circuit a total of three times use a weight you are comfortable with:

Full-body HIIT Program

  • 20 bicep curls
  • 15 burpees
  • 20 side lateral raises
  • 30 mountain climbers
  • 15 heavy stiff-leg deadlifts
  • 20 push-ups
  • 20 stationary lunges
  • 15 jump squats

3. Strength and Cardio Circuit

Last but not least, we have a 30-minute strength and cardio circuit from Greatist. With five sets of four exercises, it is the most difficult. Perform each exercise for 40 seconds. Rest 20 seconds between each exercise set.

Set 1:

Single-leg squat
Push-up with shoulder tap
In-out jump
Tuck crunch

Set 2:

Curtsy lunge
Elbow dip
Split lunge, 180-degree jump

Set 3:

Single-leg hip raise
Swimming plank
Wide-leg squat thrust
Single-leg V-Sit

Set 4:

Lateral lunge see-saw
Single-leg inverted push-up
Lateral jump
Full kick-up

Set 5:

Walkout push-Up
Y dorsal raise
Tick-tock lizard
Full core rock