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When You Only Have 30 Minutes

Not all workouts need to be an hour long. Sometimes you just don’t have the time. Sometimes life gets crazy and you don’t have time to drive to the gym, change your clothes, get in the pool and swim…but you want to do SOMETHING. There are definitely ways to get in a workout without having to sacrifice a ton of time.

This post is about a few things you can do when you only have 30 minutes to get your sweat on!

Kettlebells

Kettlebells are by far the #1 option when you need a good work out with a giant calorie burn in a very short period of time. If you don’t want to pay for a gym membership, or won’t have the opportunity to GO to a gym, owning a few kettlebells of various weights can make getting fit at home easy. Trust me! Michael has invested in about 6 different kettlebells and his workouts at home are either running, kettlebells or biking to work. He’s been working really hard the last few months preparing for our little guy’s arrival by getting fit and his kettlebell workouts rarely last longer than 30 minutes. It’s doable.

I definitely miss going to the Warrior Room. It was a cool community and a fantastic workout. I am looking forward to returning after the baby is here! Here are a few posts that included some kettlebell workouts you can try:

Warrior Room Part 2

Two Classes

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I definitely recommend taking a class or two somewhere, or hiring a personal trainer, to teach you the proper form. There’s a bit of a learning curve but once you get the form down, you can do it on your own and you don’t need a class. You can find videos online for different routines and it’s easy to do it at home by yourself.

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Using kettlebells is pretty easy and it’s such a good calorie burn! Trust me when I say you’ll burn those calories in 30 minutes.

Battle Ropes

Battle Ropes are FUN and hard. So hard. Your shoulders will burn. You will burn so many calories. You’ll be drenched in sweat and it really doesn’t take more than a few minutes to get to that point! What I love about doing this exercise is that it’s fun and different.

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There’s a podcast I listen to that was pretty eye-opening when it came to fitness. Joe Rogan’s podcast is really diverse–he talks about everything. Psychedelics, politics, feminism, sports, comedy, history…But fitness is a big part of it. I remember one episode where he described something called “functional strength” and he said he preferred that kind of workout to your typical weight lifting routine. Basically, doing something “functional” like flipping giant tires, pulling and pushing heavy loads, and doing things like the Battle Ropes made him stronger in a more functional way. Instead of being a big meat head with no neck, his muscles WORKED for him, instead of being “pretty.”

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An article I read, Getting Outside the Box: The Definition of Functional Strength, says:

Functional strength is the strength that gets us through life and daily survival. Manual labor typically involved walking, running, pushing, pulling, and grasping.”

I really liked the idea of that and then I got the exposure when I was going to the Warrior Room. They had battle ropes and giant tires and it was SO hard and challenging but I noticed immediate differences in my strength levels and core strength after only a few weeks of doing functional exercises like this! I am a big fan! And these types of workouts don’t take a big chunk of your time.

 

Body Weight Exercises

Similar to the above functional exercises you can do. These don’t require equipment. These are simple things that can get your heart pumping, burn a lot of calories and you can do them in your living room if you need to!

Squat Jumps

We did squat jumps a lot at the Warrior Room and they ALWAYS got me. I loved doing them because I saw results, but dang I’d be sore. It didn’t take much to get my heart pounding. This is a great thing to do when you are short on time.

 

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Burpees and Mountain Climbers 

Like many of you, I have a love-hate relationship with burpees. They are efficient and effective but damn they kind of suck! 🙂 burpee

Mountain Climbers:

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An example:

Sometimes if I had limited time and needed to get in and get out in terms of the gym, I would do something like this:

quick warm up

jumping jacks

push-ups

squat jumps

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burpees

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Effective calorie burn without taking a long time.

Running

Running is a really efficient way to burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time. Obviously you should have a base of some running before just going outside and doing an epic 5 miles. That would hurt. So if you are already a runner, or a sometimes runner, running is a GREAT way to get in a workout when you only have 3o minutes.

When I used to run at lunch time at work I had 1 hour. That meant I had to change, run, then take a quickie shower, get dressed and be back at my desk within that hour. It was definitely a challenge, but a good one. One of the things I miss most about doing that was having my evenings free. Instead of my work day being really long and not getting home until after 7pm because of gym time, I got off work and had my evening free to do things with friends, go out for happy hour, basically enjoy some downtime! Plus, it got me out of the office, improved my mood and broke up the long day.

Repost: Why I Run the Waterfront

What a Great Workout!

Finding a Workout Buddy

I got pretty good at running during my lunch hour. I got good at changing quickly, then I’d run for about 40-45 minutes, and it would take me 10 minutes to shower and get dressed, grab my food and be back at my desk.

If you only have 30 minutes to workout, go for a run. Sprints and intervals would be your best bet for maximum calorie burn, but just running works too.

I’ve given it a lot of thought and I think once I am back running after the baby is here and after maternity leave is done, I will try and go back to running during my lunch hour. I don’t foresee a ton of extra time in my future to go to the gym after work and some things are going to have to change. I think running during my lunch hour might be the best way to do that!

What are your favorite ways to workout in the shortest amount of time?

Heavier Than It Looks

It was the kind of day (and week) where everything was going wrong (or breaking) and I was disappointed about a lost opportunity and all I wanted to do was crawl underneath the bed covers (turn on my heated mattress pad, which is so freakin’ awesome) and just hide. Instead of hiding, I went to the Warrior Room to exorcise and exercise the bad mood out of my body.

I am so glad I did.

My friend Debby joined me for the Isolation/Tabata class. I think she needed a good burn, too. The class was pretty full. It was a surprise considering the evening classes I’ve taken before were pretty small (less than 8 people in the class). I think there were the max this time, 12.

The instructor turned on the soundtrack to Footloose and barked at us to get moving! The workouts were killer. My heart rate was high. I was sweaty, I was getting tired, I was loving it! We did the usually workouts–tabatas with burpees, squats, squat jumps, one-handed kettlebell swings, chest press and overhead presses. All good stuff.

If you want to read another review from a fellow blogger who went to the free class, check it out here. “Kettlebell training is no joke. I really don’t think you can prepare for the type of work they put you through. Despite taking a lot of breaks through the training session, I would definitely do this again.” Truth! Kettlebells are no joke.

Speaking of no joke…I did something new that kicked my butt!

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Yes, those tires are just as big and just as heavy as they look. Since the class was so big, we split into two teams and did a team “drill.” Everyone got to the wall and into the wall-sit position. The first team mate ran out and flipped the tire three times, then flipped it three times back to the starting position. Then they high-fived the next team member and they ran out to do it.

The first time we did this I was on the team that was flipping the bigger and heavier tire. I was surprised at just how much of a struggle it was! Those guys that do this for training make it look SO EASY. It’s really not.

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The trick is to squat down and use the power in your legs–not your back. Bending over and lifting with your back is a recipe for very bad things. I was trying to be SO mindful of that. When it was my turn to flip the tire I did my best. I found that I could lift it but near the top before flipping it over I struggled to push it. I often used my legs to help me flip it.

Want to see what I burned doing this killer workout?

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Over 600 calories! In one hour. Holy Moly.

I was also shocked that I was not sore the next day. I thought for sure my back and legs would be wrecked after flipping that monster tire. Just goes to show you how strong you can get when you’re not paying attention. 🙂 Non-scale victory!

Have you ever flipped a tire? How did you do?