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A 5-Minute Workout That Challenges Your Entire Body

Last updated on May 31, 2020

Short on time? The key is remembering something is always better than nothing; if you have only a few minutes to spare, you can still squeeze in a workout that will get your heart pumping and muscles burning. 

Aside from being super efficient, this 5-minute workout requires no equipment. It can be done wherever you are, whether that's a tiny hotel room, in your apartment, or outside at a park or a beach. Bodyweight workouts like this are a plus because they help you get some movement in any time, anywhere.

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Ready to find the time for this this quick, efficient routine? Remember, the harder you work, the more you'll get out of this full-body, 5-minute workout.

Summary

Time: 5 minutes
Equipment: None
Instructions: Set a timer to count down from five minutes. Complete each move for the indicated number of reps before moving to the next. Do as many rounds as you can, resting as little as possible in between each exercise. 

Snowboarder jumps

Image by Krysta Stryker

How to: Squat down to parallel. Jump up explosively, then turn 180 degrees midair before landing in a squat facing the opposite direction. Jump back up again without pausing. That's one rep. Complete 10.

Benefits: You'll get your heart rate up during this exercise, and your legs will burn like crazy. Plyometric exercises like snowboarder jumps are also great for coordination

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Pushups with double knee touch

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How to: Get into a full pushup position with your shoulders directly over your hands. Push up through your shoulders, pull your core tight, and squeeze your glutes. Lower your chest down toward the ground into a full pushup. Push back up, then bring one knee toward your elbow on one side, return to the top pushup position, and repeat with the opposite elbow and knee. That's one rep. Complete four.

Modified version: Rather than dropping to your knees to modify this exercise, place your hands on an elevated surface instead (such as a countertop or bench). The lower the surface, the harder the exercise will be.

Benefits: This move doubles as an upper body and core exercise, for maximum efficiency.

And there you have it! A 5-minute workout that challenges your legs, core, and arms. For more quick workout solutions, check out my favorite jumping exercises to incorporate in my HIIT routines, plus my tips for workout recovery.

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Krista Stryker, NSCA-CPT
Krista Stryker, NSCA-CPT
Certified Personal Trainer

Krista Stryker, NSCA-CPT is the author of The 12-Minute Athlete: Get Fitter, Faster, and Stronger Using HIIT and Your Bodyweight and a leading expert on high intensity interval training (HIIT) and bodyweight fitness. She currently lives in Venice, California, and is a certified personal trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

From trying her first push up in college, to teaching herself to do pull ups and handstands, Krista is living proof of her philosophy that everybody is an athlete. She has helped tens of thousands of people to unlock their full athletic potential through her 12 Minute Athlete HIIT Workouts app and 12 Minute Athlete blog. You can find her @12minuteathlete on all social platforms.