Short Workouts That Work

My wife and I had a chance to be on our own for the first time in months last weekend. We had our first child back in January. His name is Champ. By the way, “His name is Champ” is a cool sentence, and it’s true. It started as a nickname and just went from there. Anyway, just before we headed in to the restaurant for some Hibachi, she told me, “We should go on a night on the town! Let’s go to Target!”. So, I guess that’s my life now. Welcome to adulthood.

What does that paragraph have to do with? Pretty much nothing to be honest. I don’t know… just sayin’ words so I can fill up space.


Seriously, I’ve been asked 3 times in the last few weeks things like, “If you only had a short amount of time for a workout, what should you do?” and “Can you even benefit from a workout that is really short?”.

And the answer is yes, if it’s done right. I’m going to walk you through a couple of short workouts that you can be in and out of the gym in no time. You will need to bring the intensity though…. and some caffeine… or both.

We’ve all been there when we were really short on time, but we don’t want to disservice ourselves (awesome – I used a really big word!) by neglecting our health. Ha-ha, I sound like a doctor. Dang, can you imagine? I’ll be honest, I don’t even think I could play one on TV. What the heck is in this energy drink?…

Alright, here we go. Here is a REALLY short workout that works:

The Deadlift and DB Chest Press Superset – (It’s Exhausting)

Do the following superset 3 times, resting for 1 minute between supersets.


1A) Deadlift (8)

1B) DB Chest Press (8)

Finisher – Jump Squats (As many as possible in 30 seconds) – Do this 3 times

You’re welcome.

Bodyweight Circuit


You can’t even get to the gym? No problem. I got you covered:

Do the following circuit 3 times, resting for 1 minute between circuits:

1A) Prisoner Jump Squats (12)

1B) Push-ups (1<failure)

1C) Push-up Plank (30 secs) – See? You didn’t even have to move much


Modified Burpees (15), rest 20 secs

Mountain Climbers (20 ea), rest 20 secs

Do the above twice

You’re welcome

Bookmark this one for those times when you are short on time and need a fast, effective workout.

Boom goes the efficiency…

Finish strong,

Mikey, CFNC, CTT

P.S. Videos of exercises you may not have done are below. Boom goes the “You’re really welcome” dynamite


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