20-Minute Body Workout You Can Do Anywhere

Strength training at the gym or taking a class at a fitness studio is great, but sometimes, you just want to get in your workout at home—or on vacation, or on a work trip, or wherever you may be. While most of us don’t have round-the-clock access to a full gym stocked with weights and machines, the truth is that you really can work your entire body without them. Of course, equipment can help and is great for progressing and diversifying a workout program. But if you want to just get moving and do some strength and cardio work wherever you are, that’s completely doable with a body workout you can do anywhere.

The workout below, created by Jess Sims, NASM-certified personal trainer and instructor at Classpass Live, Shadowbox, and Fhitting Room in New York City, challenges your entire body and doesn’t require a single piece of equipment. “It’s a full-body, dynamic workout that includes strength, power, mobility, and cardio,” Sims says. “It’s also great because it’s customizable—if you have less than 20 minutes, you can do the circuit one time, or if you have more than 20 minutes you can do it three times.”

The workout includes a dynamic warm-up to get your blood flowing and prep your body for the rest of the work ahead, and a cool-down to help you slow back down and wrap it all up. If you want to make the workout more challenging—maybe you’ve done it a handful of times and are ready to turn things up a notch—add weights to the lunge and squat movements. You can also, like Sims said, add another round of the main strength circuit.

Demoing the moves below is Amanda Wheeler, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and co-founder of Formation Strength, an online women’s training group that serves the LGBTQ community and allies.

Ready to fit in a quick, equipment-free workout? Here’s how to do it.

The Workout

This workout is broken up into four sections: a warm-up, a circuit, a burnout ladder, and a cool-down.

Warm-up:

Do each move for 20 seconds. Do this warm-up twice.

  • Jumping jack
  • Inchworm walk out to shoulder tap
  • Squat

Circuit:

Do each move for 45 seconds. Rest for 15 seconds in between each move. Do the entire circuit twice.

  • Blast-off push-up
  • Squat thrust
  • Pendulum lunge
  • Mountain climber twist
  • Pause squat
  • Plank up to frogger

Burnout ladder:

Do 1 rep of each, then 2 reps of each, then 3 reps, etc., and go as high as you can get in 3 minutes.

  • Touchdown jack
  • Panther shoulder tap
  • Burpee

Cool-down:

Do each move for 10 to 30 seconds…or longer if it feels good and you have time.

  • Child’s pose
  • Downward Facing Dog
  • Forward fold
  • Standing quad stretch
  • Shoulder circle

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Here’s how to do each move:

Jumping Jack

  • Stand with your feet together, core engaged, and hands at sides.
  • Jump your feet wider than hip-width apart, and bring arms up to clap hands overhead.
  • Jump your feet back together and bring your arms to your sides to return to starting position.
  • Repeat as quickly as possible for 20 seconds, going for height and speed.

Inchworm Walk-Out to Shoulder Tap

  • Stand with your feet together, core engaged, and hands at sides.
  • Bend forward at your hips to place your hands on the floor in front of you. You can bend your knees a little if you need to.
  • Walk your hands forward until you’re in a high plank, with your palms flat on the floor, hands shoulder-width apart, shoulders stacked directly above your wrists, legs extended, and core engaged.
  • Tap your right hand to your left shoulder while engaging your core and glutes to keep your hips as still as possible. Try not to rock at the hips. Do the same thing with your left hand to right shoulder.
  • Walk your hands back toward your feet and stand up to return to the starting position.
  • Continue for 20 seconds.

Squat

  • Stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart, toes slightly turned out.
  • Bend your knees and push your hips back as you lower down into a squat. Keep your core engaged, chest lifted, and back flat.
  • Push through your heels to stand back up to the starting position. Squeeze your butt at the top.
  • Continue for 20 seconds.

Blast-off Push-up

  • Start in a high plank position with your palms flat on the floor, hands shoulder-width apart, shoulders stacked directly above your wrists, legs extended behind you, and your core and glutes engaged.
  • Bend your knees and push your butt back toward your heels, and then explode from that position back to a high plank and immediately bend your elbows and bring your chest toward the ground to do a push-up. As you bend your elbows and lower toward the ground, your elbows should be at about a 45-degree angle to your body (though you can make adjustments based on what feels best for your shoulders).
  • Push back up to high plank, maintaining a strong core and flat back. This is 1 rep.
  • Continue for 45 seconds.
  • If this is too challenging, feel free to modify by dropping to your knees when you push your butt back toward your heels.

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