Fifteen Minute Timed Circuit Workouts


This week is a travel week for me. Today I’m en route to Minnesota, where I’ll be doing trainings and having wellness meetings with my company’s Minnesota based staff until Friday. Where are my Minnesota readers? I hope you’ll comment today with restaurant recommendations around the Eden Prairie and Minnetonka area. I’m especially excited for this work trip because at the end of it, I’ll be flying to Chicago to meet up with my friend Jen, my friend from the Y who moved to Calgary a couple of years ago. My friend Ashley (also from the Y but still Boston-based) is also flying to meet us, so I am psyched for a girls weekend in a new city. Chicago based readers, please also leave comments today! Where do we need to go? What do we need to see?

Anyways, I wanted to post a workout today since I haven’t posted one in a while, and Mondays are always a good day to try new workouts, right? These are two different fifteen minute timed circuits that I taught in one of my Thursday morning classes a couple of weeks ago. The one I said left me the kind of sweaty I feel after doing hot yoga.

Here’s one:

15 minute timed circuit #1

Here’s the other:

15 minute timed circuit #2

Ways you can try these workouts on your own:

–If short on time, do just one of the circuits and save the other for a different day. You’ll still get a good workout in only fifteen minutes out of your day.

–Do the moves in one circuit, rest, and then do the moves in the second. That will still only take about 30 minutes (a little more if you include a proper warmup, rest, and cooldown) out of your day.

–Do the moves in one circuit, then add some cardio bursts such as jumping jacks, burpees, mountain climbers, step work, etc. in between before moving to the second circuit.

–Instructors, I will often use this format in my classes: 5-10 minute warm-up > 15 minute timed strength circuit > Tabata or 5 minute cardio blast > 15 minute timed strength circuit > Tabata or 5 minute cardio blast > one glute or ab finisher on the floor > stretch. It works to the hour class every single time. Sometimes I’ll take out the second cardio blast to do extra abs or glutes, depending on my mood.

–If you don’t like these moves, pick your favorites and plug them into this same type of format. Just be careful not to overdo it on the same muscle groups, since this ends up being a higher rep workout.

As always, if there are any questions about what these moves are, email me at or leave a comment on this post. I have a feeling I’ll be busting out some timed circuits this week while on the road… no excuses!

–Let’s chat–
Do you do timed circuit workouts? What do you like/dislike about them? Do you have any go to moves that you like to use with timed circuits?

P.S. The winner of my Just Add Cooking giveaway is commenter Amy. Congrats! Please email me at to claim your prize.


11 thoughts on “Fifteen Minute Timed Circuit Workouts

  1. I love circuit workouts, and I LOVE these! Thank you for sharing these. 🙂 I like them because I feel like you get more “bang for your buck” as my father would say. As much as I hate burpees, I always throw a few in there. Have an awesome week!


  2. I love workouts that are timed and as many reps as possible- must be the overly competitive part of me coming out but I always push harder on that type of workout!!!


  3. My classes love these types of workouts- Since I’m teaching a double on Wednesday and Thursday this week, I foresee myself using these, so thanks in advance! Also, with regards to Chicago, here are my posts with restaurants/bars/nightlife/site-seeing things!:

    Have so much fun- I’m jealous!


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