You are ready to start your fitness journey. You are saying to yourself, “This is it! I need to get my lazy/tired tail up and start working out.”

And that’s right. If you have a goal to be fit, and you actually want to see results, you have to put in the work and start exercising.

But then comes the next battle. Time. Money. You either don’t have time to make it to the gym, or don’t want to spend money on that gym membership. Either way, I have a solution for you.

A simple fix for both of these obstacles is creating a high-intensity interval training workout, also known as HIIT (pronounced ‘hit’). Doing a HIIT workout allows you to achieve similar results (if not better) in less time each day compared to spending 30 minutes to an hour in the gym. I usually incorporate this into my morning routine. After I wake up and get my mind right for the day, I do a simple 15 to 20 minute routine depending on the time I have allotted for it that day.

My favorite part of doing HIIT workouts is that it allow you to continue to burn calories even after your workout is done! As I continue my morning, walking and sitting around, I am STILL burning calories. This is created from the high impact a HIIT workout gives and the metabolism being sped up from it.

A great app that I like to use to help me with my HIIT workout is called SWORKIT. You can find a lot of great workouts on there for free; including many HIIT workouts. Below I have listed my top five high-intensity interval training workout moves/positions. Each one targets multiple areas of the body at once which ensures you get a full workout in half the time.

STANDING MOUNTAIN CLIMBER

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DIFFICULTY: EASY
The focus areas of standing mountain climber are abs, calves, glutes, hamstrings, and quadriceps. I like to start off with this one and then build up on energy.

HIGH KNEES

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DIFFICULTY: MEDIUM

The focus areas of high knees are abs, calves, glutes, and hamstrings.

JUMPING PLANKS

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DIFFICULTY: MEDIUM

The focus areas of jumping planks are abs, triceps, upper back, lower back, glutes, and shoulders.

 

X DRILL ROTATIONS

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DIFFICULTY: HARD

The focus areas of x drill rotations are calves, glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, and abs.

BURPEES

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DIFFICULTY: HARD

The focus areas of burpees are abs, triceps, upper back, lower back, calves, chest, glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, and shoulders.

These five moves/positions have challenged me but have been quite effective. You will feel a difference after trying it your first time, and will see a difference within seven days of consistency.

If you want to see my step-by-step workout, and how I complete it in 15 minutes with these five moves (demonstration, order and duration of each), be sure to get my 15-Minute HIIT Workout Guide here (“here” will be a link to the guide).

What is your favorite HIIT workout move? What other workouts do you like to do?

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