A 5-Minute Full-Body Workout For When You're Short On Time

Certified Personal Trainer By 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 HIIT and bodyweight fitness. She lives in Venice, California, and is a certified personal trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Woman Doing Mountain Climber Workout Outdoors

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Short on time? The key is remembering something is always better than nothing; if you have only five 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 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!

Set a timer to count down from five minutes. Do as many rounds as you can, resting as little as possible in between each exercise. The harder you work, the more you'll get out of this full-body, time-efficient workout!

Snowboarder jumps

Krysta Stryker Snowboarder Jumps

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Why it's effective: 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

How to do it: 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. Do this 10 times.

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Pushups with double knee touch

Krysta Stryker Push Ups

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Why it's effective: This move doubles as an upper body and a core exercise, for maximum efficiency.

How to do it: 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. Now do four more.

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.

And there you have it! A 5-minute routine that works 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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