20-Minute Circuit Training Workout

By: Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN


Circuit training is a fantastic way to get a simultaneous strength training and cardiovascular workout. The reason for this is that circuit training minimizes the amount of rest you take between different exercises. As such, your heart rate never fully recovers and, in fact, actually increases over the course of the workout as your body becomes more fatigued.

The result - an incredible workout in less time.

I've used circuit training workouts with thousands clients with tremendous success. For some reason, people just love the workouts that I put together. Perhaps because they are creative, challenging, and save you time.

The workout video at the top of this page is just another example of this.

What Type of Person is Circuit Training For?

In general, circuit training is best for those who want to lose weight fast and get in great shape. It is not ideal for bodybuilders who want to pack on pounds of muscles. Circuit workouts are also very popular with athletes in their off-season conditioning. As the head strength & conditioning coach for the men's soccer program at the University of Toronto, I have our boys go through 4 weeks of intense general conditioning circuit training workouts during the first month of our off-season. From there, we develop more sport-specific strength and eventually power.

But anyways, if you want to get in the best shape of your life, want to lose weight, or are looking for quick workouts that you'll actually enjoy, then circuit training is the way to go - at least initially.

So, with that said, my challenge to you is go through the workout in the video at the top of this page. It's an incredible circuit workout that will only take you 20 minutes but will yield greater results than you're probably used, and in less time!

Circuit Training Workout

This is the workout structure and exercises from the workout video. You've got 6 full body exercises that are to be done one after the other with NO rest in between each. You'll notice that the first 3 exercises are very leg and shoulder intensive so your shoulders will definitely be burning first and foremost because they are smaller muscles than your legs. This will make the push-ups and plank more difficult. However, you need to fight through that burn and get through the workout - that's part of the challenge.

Once you've completed all 6 exercises, you can then take 2 minutes to recover before repeating it for a total of 3 rounds. Enjoy!

Twisting Squat with Shoulder Press x 10 reps per side

Kneeling Step-ups with Shoulder Press x 10 reps per side

Cross-over Step-ups with Shoulder Pressx 10 reps side

Stability Ball Push-ups with Knee Roll-in x 15 reps (or more)

Stability Ball Crunches x max reps

Stability Ball Plank with Quick In and Outs x 10 reps


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