When I started working out again after having the twins, I need a workout that was quick, full-body, and was something that I could do in a small space at home, without a lot of equipment.
After having a tough pregnancy and a rough delivery, I was pretty much at square one for workouts in regards to my strength and fitness, so I also needed something scalable for how I was feeling with my recovery — not to mention how much (or little) sleep I’d gotten.
And, not to brag, but I think I came up with a pretty darn good solution! Behold what I am now declaring as the perfect beginner workout.
So why is this the perfect beginner workout? Well, it’s kind of the perfect length. At 15 minutes long — with the ability to shorten it by doing fewer rounds or lengthening it by doing more rounds — it’s easy to fit in your schedule no matter what you have going on. It’s also made up of moves you’re probably already familiar with, so there’s not a big learning curve, and it’s full-body. Additionally, none of the moves take up much space — and the only gear you need is a set of dumbbells (we like these and are an affiliate) and a mat.
Last but not least, you can also modify the intensity — the squats can have as large of a range of motion as feels good, the push-ups can be on your knees or toes or the wall, lunges can be forward or reverse, the push presses can be made easier or harder by the weight you choose to use, and the plank can be on your knees or toes, too.
Bottom line? This is YOUR workout, so make it work for you. And here’s a big ol’ high-five for doing it!
Try it and tell us what you think of it! I love how 30 seconds is just long enough to feel the burn, but not so long that it feels like you’re doing any one thing for too, too long. –Jenn