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My Top 10 Workouts of 2020

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There is no denying that the best workout is the one that you actually enjoy doing! Getting some movement into your week is more important than driving yourself crazy trying to get your workout routines perfect. 

Whether it’s cardio, HIIT, weights or Tabata, we want workouts we enjoy, combined with maximum return for the most efficient use of time and effort. Below I’m sharing my personal 10 favourite workouts that I’ve created during 2020, in no particular order. 

I hope you love them as much as I do! 

#1 Intense Legs & Abs

This absolute killer leg and ab workout for women is from my 5 Day Strength Series. This at-home lower body workout is packed with my favourite moves to help strengthen and tone your legs and tummy, without having to leave the house.

Time: 50 minutes

Equipment: You’ll need a sturdy bench or chair, plus a variety of weighted dumbbells to complete this follow-along strength workout. I used a set of 5kg + 7kg + 10kg +12kg dumbbells, but you may want to use something lighter or heavier depending on your strength and fitness level.  

How it’s done: There are 3 circuits + 1 bonus core circuit that make up this quads and abs workout. Complete each circuit 3 x through, with 45 seconds work/15 seconds Rest. Have 1 minute rest between circuits 

#2 60 Min Full Body No Repeat with Weights

I especially love this one because I had my Youtube audience send in all their favourite exercises, and then I programmed them into one full body sweat session! The result speaks for itself. This full body no repeat home workout combines strength and cardio-focused moves to help you build lean muscle and burn fat, fast.

Time: 60 minutes

Equipment: You’ll need a variety of weights to complete this 1 hour full body HIIT workout. I used a set of 3kg + 5kg + 7kg + 10kg dumbbells, but you may want to use something lighter or heavier depending on your fitness and strength level. 

How it’s done: There are 6 circuits that make up this workout, and we’ll be working in an ascending and descending time scheme throughout each circuit (it’s best to just go with it!). You’re only performing each move once, so give it all you’ve got!

#3 No Repeat Tabata HIIT with Weights

This workout is two of my favourite formats in one. Tabata and No Repeat combine to create a fast and fun paced full body workout. It’s perfect for people who need a break from boring repeat exercises and long sets! In this workout, I’ve combined over 60 of my favourite moves into one fun and effective follow-along sweat session.

Time: 35 minutes

Equipment: You’ll need a moderately heavy set of dumbbells to complete this no repeat Tabata workout with weights. I used 5kg, but you may want to use something lighter or heavier depending on your fitness and strength level. 

How it’s done: There are 2 circuits that make up this follow along Tabata workout. Complete each exercise for 20 seconds work and 10 seconds rest. You’ll have 1 minute rest between circuits.

#4 45 Min Low Impact High Intensity

This workout will challenge even my most advanced fitness lovers. It’s low Impact, so your neighbours can’t complain about all the jumping! There is also no equipment, and yet it’s still super high intensity. 

Time: 45 minutes

Equipment: None

How it’s done: There are 6 circuits that make up this low impact cardio HIIT workout. You’ll complete 3 rounds of each circuit, working for 30 seconds and resting for 15 seconds between exercises. There is a 30 second rest between circuits.

#5 Total Body Kettlebell HIIT for Fat Loss

For this workout I’ve taken all of my favourite  kettlebell moves and put them together to make one super-effective workout. 

Time: 30 minutes

Equipment: You’ll need a moderately heavy kettlebell, depending on your fitness level.

How it’s done: You’ll be completing 3 rounds of each of the 3 circuits, working for 30 seconds with a 10 seconds rest between movements. There is a 30 seconds rest between circuits.

#6 40 Min Strength & Cardio Intervals

I love the time scheme and format of this one. In this 40 minute strength and cardio intervals workout you’ll be supersetting movements so that you build strength and lean muscle with exercise 1, and burn calories and boost your metabolism with exercise 2.

Time: 40 minutes

Equipment: You’ll need one set of light dumbbells, I used 5kg. One set of moderately heavy Dumbbells, I used 7kg. One set of heavy dumbbells, I used 10kg. Please work with something lighter or heavier depending on your strength and fitness level.

How it’s done: This workout involves one strength set of 60 seconds work and 20 seconds rest. This is followed by 3 sets of a cardio move with 20 seconds work and 10 seconds rest in a superset format.

#7 40 Min Total Body No Repeat

This was the first No Repeat Workout I ever created! In fact, it was the first no repeat workout I tried! If you get bored easily with repeat sets then you’ll love this full body no repeat workout jam packed with 37 of my favourite exercises.

Time: 40 minutes

Equipment: You’ll just need a moderately heavy set of dumbbells. I used 5kg, but you may want to work with something lighter or heavier depending on your fitness & strength level. You’d better also grab your towel and water bottle, because you’re going to sweat! 

How it’s done: There are 4 circuits that make up this advanced full body no repeat workout. Complete each circuit of movements, working for 45 seconds and resting for 15 seconds. Have 1 minute rest between circuits.

#8 Strength Series Day 3 – Back & Biceps

I love training back, and this workout has some of my favourite moves for building a stronger and sexier back at home. My favourite move is the bench back extension, a move you would normally require a machine for, but this variation is perfect for home. You’ll target upper, mid and lower back in this workout, as well as arms.

Time: 50 minutes

Equipment: You’ll need a sturdy bench or chair, plus a variety of weighted dumbbells to complete this dumbbell back workout. I used a set of 3kg + 5kg + 7kg + 10 kg dumbbells, but you may want to use something lighter or heavier depending on your strength and fitness level. 

How it’s done: There are 6 triple sets or mini circuits that make up this workout. Complete 3 rounds of each of the triple sets with 30 seconds work and 15 seconds rest. Have 30 seconds rest between triple sets. Have 1 minute rest between circuits.

#9 30 Minute No Equipment Tabata Shred

This is a fun and fast paced workout that doesn’t require any equipment at all. The Tabata format means you can give everything you’ve got to each set and you’ll be drenched in sweat at the end. It’s perfect for when you’re short on time but still want to work up a sweat and get shredded. 

Time: 30 minutes

Equipment: Zero equipment required!

How it’s done: There are  2 circuits that make up this Tabata full body HIIT workout. Complete a 2 minute Tabata set on each exercise (4 total sets), with 20 seconds work and 10 seconds rest. Have 1 minute rest between circuits.

#10 45 Min Standing Cardio, Arms and Abs

This workout gives a killer arm burn and total body sweat without you having to perform any push-ups or planks, or getting up and down off the floor. It’s perfect for anyone who has any niggling knee or joint issues but still wants to get their sweat on.

Time: 45 minutes

My Top 10 Workouts of 2020 1 Garage Fitness Girl

Equipment: You’ll need a variety of dumbbells to complete this standing cardio and arms HIIT at home.  I used a set of 2kg + 3kg + 5kgs dumbbells for this workout, but you may want to work with something lighter or heavier depending on your strength level.

How it’s done: There are 3 separate circuits that make up this standing workout for weight loss. Complete the following sets at each exercise: Set 1 is 40 seconds work and 15 seconds rest; set 2 is 30 seconds work and 10 seconds rest; set 3 is 20 seconds work and 15 seconds rest. Rest 1 minute, then complete circuit 2 and 3 for the same sets and time scheme.

So there you have it, hopefully by sharing my top 10 workouts you’ll find some new routines you like, too. If your list is different, I’d love to hear about it! 

Make sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook and subscribe to my YouTube channel to get more follow along weekly workouts just like these ones.

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