The Best 20-Minute Workout for When You Can't Make it to the Gym

The Best 20-Minute Workout for When You Can't Make it to the Gym

Even better, there’s no equipment needed for this full-body routine.

For this do-anywhere, anytime workout, all you need is your water, a towel and a smile! No gym necessary. Perform each of the following exercises for 15 repetitions each. The second round through is 14, then 13, then 12, etc. until all exercises are done at one repetition each. The goal is to finish the entire set in 20 minutes.

If you don't finish all the reps in 20 minutes, don't worry! Build off of each workout and improve your strength each time to you get closer and closer to full completion.

Half Burpee

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Jump your feet about shoulder-width apart.

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Then jump both feet up and outside your hands so you’re in a squat position.

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Complete the rep by standing up with arms over your head, or to mod up, jump straight up!

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Steam Engine

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Standing with your feet slightly wider than shoulders, take your hands behind your head with elbows wide.

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Lift your left knee to waist level or higher and touch the left knee with the right elbow.

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Do the same for the other side. One full repetition equals right and left side. Be sure to keep your core engaged. The faster you go, the more calories you will burn.

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Push Up

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Starting in a high plank position with your hands under your shoulders.

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Keeping a tight core, inhale as you slowly bend your elbows and lower yourself until your elbows are at a 90-degree angle. Exhale as you begin contracting your chest muscles and pushing back up through your hands to the start position. To modify, go down to your knees to perform the move.

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Jump Squat

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Start by standing with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart.

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Lower your body into a squat position, keeping your weight on your heels and chest up to maintain good form.

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Then, engage your core and jump up explosively. When you land, lower your body back into the squat position to complete one rep. To modify, eliminate the jump and just explode up to your toes.

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Spider Climbers

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Start in a high plank position with your hands under your shoulders and maintaining a flat back. Position the knees and feet outside the arms.

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Swivel the hips by taking your right knee and driving it towards your left elbow.

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Repeat on the opposite side. Both sides equal one repetition.

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