20-Minute Upper Body AMRAP Workout

When you have less than 30 minutes to fit in a workout, this 20-minute upper body AMRAP will leave you dripping in sweat and out of excuses!

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Upper Body AMRAP Workout

Sometimes, even taking 30 minutes to fit in a workout seems impossible. I understand — I face that circumstance more often than I care to. However, working out makes me better in every way. I’m a better wife, daughter, dog mom :), and more productive overall. This Upper Body AMRAP Workout is the perfect option when I’m having “one of those days”…I just need some dumbbells and a timer, and suddenly my day is exponentially better.

Equipment Needed:
-Mat (optional)

You might also like: Lower Body AMRAP Workout!

Upper Body AMRAP Workout

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I consider this to be a “no excuses” type of workout. Twenty minutes is just the time frame I chose. You could make this workout 10 minutes, 15 minutes, even 30 minutes! Adjust the time limit, adjust the reps, and customize the workout to fit you and your schedule. If you try this workout, I’d love to know!

Question: How do you fit in fitness when you’re short on time?

Linking up today for Wild Workout Wednesday with Nicole, Annemarie, and Jen!

Tabata Inspired Memorial Day Workout!

Memorial Day Weekend is fast approaching. Here’s a quick total body, tabata inspired sweat sesh that will get you back to the party in 30 minutes!

I know — I said on Monday that I couldn’t believe we were in the last full week of May. But it’s true! Memorial Day is less than a week away and summer is creeping up quickly. In fact, many people consider Memorial Day to be the first celebration of summer. For me, it usually signifies the first of many quick, but effective workouts. You know the kind. The kind that will get you the most bang for your buck in a short amount of time so you can get back to celebrating, whether that means on the lake with a beer, or on the couch with a movie, simply enjoying a day off.


I first learned about tabata aroooouuuund five years ago in my group fitness class hey day. The trainer mixed in intervals of strength and cardio to give a serious total body workout in a relatively short amount of time. I almost puked the first time I did it, so obviously it won me over. I have since learned that what I was doing was not “true tabata”, but I love the format all the same. When I want a workout that will leave me gassed in about half an hour, I reach into my bag of tricks and pull out what I call “tabata inspired”.

Equipment Needed:
(optional — you could just use a DB for the swings!)

-Complete each exercise for 20 seconds and follow with 10 seconds rest
-Repeat each circuit four times before moving on to the next
-Rest 40 seconds between circuits
-Total workout time = ~34 minutes.

Tabata Inspired Memorial Day Workout

If you give this workout a shot, whether on Memorial Day or any other day, I’d love to hear how you liked it! There are many, many tabata timers and interval timers available to download to help save time in transitions. I use Seconds for any interval workout I complete. It’s a good one!

I’m linking up today for Wild Workout Wednesday (and this one definitely fits the bill!) with Nicole, Annemarie, and Jen!

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5 Minute Abs

Happy Friday, my friends! Today, I’m sharing another workout — this time an ab workout! I know everyone wants abs, myself included, but sometimes I forget that I have to train them. Weird? Yes, I know. Someone told me once, “If you’re training the rest of your body, you’re training your abs too.” That may be true, (I don’t know? Is it?) but for someone like me who struggles with “mind-body connection” isolating areas can be a good thing now and then.

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Plopping down on the floor to do a few crunches doesn’t burn a ton of calories, so if I decide to work my abs, it’s usually in conjunction with upper body and/or cardio. This workout is a great one to tack on to the end of a run if you want to do more, but not a lot more. 😉


If you have more time, repeat the workout!

5 Minute Abs

If you enjoyed this workout, check out more here!

Today, I’m linking this post up for Fit & Fashionable Friday with Nicole, as well as with Smidge of This, Carolina Charm, and Hello! Happiness for 5 on Friday.

Total Body Blast Workout!

Happy Wednesday, y’all! In my case, it’s actually Happy Friday. I’m so thankful to have tomorrow and Friday, as well as next Monday, off! I’ve been looking forward to it since Spring Break ended and I’m glad it’s finally here. Anyway, today’s post is a total body blast workout. I’ve shared an upper body workout and a lower body workout, so I figured it was high time I shared a total body workout!

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Equipment Needed:
-Dumbbells and a smile 🙂

Free Total Body Blast Workout

This is a fun total body workout that requires very little equipment. Just grab a pair of dumbbells (or two) and you’re good to go! Moving quickly between rounds and circuits will get your heart rate up and get in that cardio effect as well. 🙂 If you give this one a shot, let me know how you enjoy it!

I’ve read a lot of conflicting things when it comes to total body workouts. Some trainers advise staying away from them if your goals include building a great deal of muscle. Other trainers recommend working your whole body a few times a week. Maybe you trainers out there can tell me why this might be. I’m totally open to hearing why there are so many varying opinions — even if it’s just YOUR opinion! I’m not a trainer, or anything close. Personally, I do total body workouts because I truly enjoy them — they are my favorite! You probably can tell this if you’ve been reading my weekly workout posts. I incorporate area specific workouts a few days a week, but mostly stick to total body work.

Your turn: What types of workouts do you enjoy most? Do you have any idea why there are so many conflicting opinions around total body training?

Linking up for Wild Workout Wednesday with Annemarie, Nicole, and Jen!

Upper Body HIIT Workout!

A couple of weeks ago I shared a lower body AMRAP workout. It’s one that I’ve done many times and definitely recommend to get a good sweat going! Today, in a similar fashion, I have a workout for you that combines some upper body work with intervals to get your heart rate up.

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This is a perfect spring workout. One of my favorite things to do is take my workout outdoors and soak up some time in nature (aka my front yard) while working my body. The HIIT intervals can just be completed up and down your block! Use the walking time back to your house to catch your breath and get ready for the next set. Of course, if you can’t take it outside, it’s A-ok to complete this workout by hopping on and off the treadmill — just rest as needed!

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