Bodyweight HIIT Workout for Beginners

No equipment needed: beginner bodyweight core and lower body HIIT workout  | The Healthy Hoosier

During the winter, it is challenging for me to leave the comfort of my apartment to trek in the cold weather to the gym. Especially when snow and ice are involved.

At times like this, I find it handy to have a few workout routines already created and/or identified so I’m not wasting time trying to put something together.

Bodyweight, circuit workouts are perfect for days that you’re homebound or short on time. Today’s circuit uses a 1:2 work-to-rest ratio: you’ll perform the exercise for 30 seconds, followed by a minute of active recovery. This ratio allows your body to work harder for a shorter period of time, yet fully recover before the next exercise. Known as metabolic conditioning, this type of circuit training will have a greater impact on your overall caloric burn during and after the workout is completed.

 
 
No equipment needed: beginner bodyweight core and lower body HIIT workout  | The Healthy Hoosier
 
 

As with any type of workout, spend about 5 to 10 minutes doing some dynamic stretching and/or light cardio to warm up. After warming up, complete Circuit #1 followed by Circuit #2 using the 1:2 work-to-rest ratio (30 seconds work, 1 minute active recovery). After completing each circuit once, repeat once more.

Finish your workout with 5 to 10 minutes of dynamic stretching.

Congratulations! You’ve completed the workout!

 
 

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Disclaimer: Speak with your primary care provider before beginning any type of exercise program if you have: heart disease, type 1 or type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, arthritis, high blood pressure, and/or being treated for cancer.