30-Minute Workouts For Home And The Gym

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For many people, the biggest impediment to working out is a lack of time. Whether it’s because of work, family or social commitments, there’s always something that needs to be done at the expense of exercise.

One solution is to build activity into your routine, by travelling by bike or on foot where possible. Another is to simply shorten your workouts so you can slip them into the busiest of schedules.

Whether you prefer to train at home or in the gym, we have effective 30-minute workouts that will help keep you trim without taking up too much of your precious time. You’ll find a brief description of each 30-minute workout below, click the link to get the full details.

30-Minute Home Workouts

No-Kit Full-Body Workout

The pace is high in this circuit workout, where you rattle through a series of bodyweight exercises working for 30 seconds and resting for just 15 seconds before moving on to the next move. Aim to hit the same rep count for each exercise in each of the four circuits you do. See the workout

Full-Body Outdoor Workout

This workout includes shuttle runs, so either do it in your garden if it’s longer (or indeed wider) than ten metres, or make for a park. The session is made up of bodyweight moves done at pace to get your heart pumping. See the workout

Press-Up Challenge

There’s a whole host of press-up workouts to be found in this article, including a ten-minute challenge for those really short on time. The 30-minute workout involves completing 300 press-ups, working in an EMOM (every minute on the minute) pattern. That’s a lot of press-ups so it’s one for the advanced exerciser only. See the workout

30-Minute Workouts For The Gym

Functional HIIT Workout

You’ll need a kettlebell and a pair of dumbbells for this HIIT circuit session, which is made up of functional, compound exercises that work multiple muscle groups at once. See the workout

Barry’s Bootcamp Workout

Get a taste of the popular studio workout with this combo treadmill-and-strength-intervals session. You’ll need dumbbells, kettlebells, access to a treadmill and probably a towel too – it’s a sweaty one. See the workout

Triple Tri-Set Blast

This HIIT workout is broken up into three tri-sets, in which you complete a round of three exercises in a row with minimal rest. You’ll need dumbbells, a medicine ball and sliders. See the workout

Nick Harris-Fry
Senior writer

Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.