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?

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Weekly Workouts

I’m back with my weekly workouts post, as promised.  Gonna get right to it!

Weekly Workouts

Last Week’s Workouts
Last week’s workouts can be summed up with one phrase – sore galore!  The theme of Best Body Bootcamp Phase 2 (weeks 3 & 4) is endurance.  My strength workouts this week really challenged and fatigued my muscles.  Hence – sore galore.

100 reps workout while the rest of the world was watching the Patriots lose

Sunday Night Workout

20 minutes of treadmill sprints, then taught Dynamax Bootcamp


Two A Day!  Took Liz’s Kickboxing class, then taught one of the timed circuits from BBB.  This one was a bit challenging to teach since everyone has a different pace when it comes to a “how many rounds of these moves can you do in 12 minutes?” workout, but I decided to write the moves out on the white board and bring it into class.  Genius!

bbb timed circuits

Off day

Taught the other timed circuit workout in my class.

Rest day

Two rounds of the deck of cards workout while visiting Jen!

Deck of Cards Workout

And of course, I threw in most of the 31 Day Abs Challenge moves as little extras throughout the week.

This Week’s Workouts
Here’s the plan for this week!

  • Sunday:  Rest day
  • Monday:  Cardio + abs
  • Tuesday:  Two A Day!  Taking kickboxing, then teaching BBB timed circuits.  I may end up changing some of the moves a bit this week to add some variety to class, but it will be the same premise.
  • Wednesday:  Trying a piloxing class with Shannon!  I’m psyched!
  • Thursday:  Teaching BBB timed circuits again.
  • Friday:  Rest day OR cardio of choice OR repeat the 100 endurance reps
  • Saturday:  Rest day OR cardio of choice OR repeat the 100 endurance reps

Plus the last week of the Abs Challenge!  Here’s today’s if you haven’t busted it out yet!

Monday Morning Ab Burner Week 5

How are your January workouts going?  What’s on the agenda for this week?

Have a great night, everyone!