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A mini circuit workout that only takes six minutes!

Mini Circuits: A Quick Workout to Fit in Anytime

When I am running low on time during my workout, which I am a lot especially during the holidays, I like to do a mini-circuit workout so that I still feel like I am getting in some exercise but I am not spending hours doing it. I love the little combination below, because it really works the biggest muscles in your body.

Do each of the five exercises for about one minute with a little (12 seconds) rest in between each; complete the circuit two or three times.

  1. Squats
  2. Lunges
  3. Push-ups
  4. Bridges
  5. Plank

One round will take you about 6 minutes and so doing it three times straight through will only be about 18 minutes — not too shabby for someone who thought she wasn't going to be able to fit in a workout today.

Fit's Tip: This circuit does not require any extra equipment (aside from a watch or clock) which means you can do it virtually anywhere, even in the guest bedroom you're calling home for a few days.


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Peyote Peyote 9 years
Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post!!
insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
Any idea how many calories you can burn doing this? I do a similar routine, incorporating free weights, for 30 minutes.
this is good information.
Kelli15000592 Kelli15000592 9 years
Thanks, guys, for your help!
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 9 years
kellilou... go here for a pic of bridge pose The 2nd row... 2nd pic.
Amesabelle Amesabelle 9 years
Bridges are when you start on your back like you're going to do sit-ups, but you raise your butt and lower back up off the floor, supporting yourself on your shoulders/upper back and feet by using your glutes, abs and back muscles. Like a plank, you hold it for a while before lowering and repeat.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I need to do this ;)
Kelli15000592 Kelli15000592 9 years
What are bridges? I've looked around online but couldn't find a clear answer on if it's an abdominal or glute exercise. Thanks!
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
I do commercial exercises lol when im busy, everyday at lunch i hit the tread but at night when im watching tv everytime commmercials come on I do something similar to the above... good stuff!
melda melda 9 years
thank you .
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