No time? No problem! These super-quick workouts from Virgin Active shred fat and tone muscle in less than 20 minutes a day.
“The beauty of short, sharp workouts is that they shred fat, activate all the main muscle groups and energise the body, leaving you feeling invigorated and ready to face the day,” says Hannah Davies, a master trainer at Virgin Active.
“These four-minute workouts (with a warm up and cool down) are buildable, so you can do two, three or even all four sessions when you have more time,” says Hannah. You can create your own workout by choosing from the workout videos below.
How to start your 20-minute workout challenge
Each of these sessions is designed to work the body slightly differently, with one to tone the upper body, one to shape and firm the core and once to sculpt the bum and thighs, plus a full-body workout. Aim to do each 4-minute session at least once a week, and don’t forget to warm up and cool down.
Let’s get started…
2-minute warm up
Always make sure to warm up your muscles warm with this 2-minute routine. Tempted to skip it? Research shows that stretching your muscles can increase your performance and make your workout feel easier!
Now choose your workout depending on how much time you have…
Workout 1: 4-minute HIIT upper body
Sculpt your arms, shoulders and back with these easy exercises.
Workout 2: 4-minute HIIT lower body
Work your legs and glute with these power moves for your lower body.
Workout 3: 4-minute HIIT abs and core
These are the ultimate exercises to blast your abs and middle area.
Workout 4: 4-minute HIIT full body
Short on time? Try this full body Tabata-style workout to see results, fast.
3-minute cool down
Cooling down is crucial to help your body recover, it also allows you a few minutes of calm after an intense workout.
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