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Strength and Cardio! If you’ve been following me for any amount of time you know it’s my favorite way to workout.
I definitely have days where I crave more steady-state cardio, like a 3-mile run while listening to a podcast. And then there are days where all I want to do is lift heavy, enter these 7 strength training exercises.
But most of the time, I’m looking for the best of both worlds — a workout that combines heart-pumping, HIIT cardio with strength training.
You’ll find all these full body exercises and more in this 20 minute HIIT workout.
I recently answered some of the most common questions I get about HIIT, or high intensity interval training, in this 15-Minute HIIT Cardio Workout; an effective 15-minute HIIT cardio workout when you’re short on time.
But HIIT exercises are all about efficiency. You exert maximum effort for periods of ‘work’ followed by brief rest periods. Any time there’s HIIT in a workout title, you know it’s going to be an intense workout.
HIIT quickly raises your heart rate and is great for burning calories, both during and after the HIIT workout. HIIT exercises also increase endurance and muscle definition (American Council on Exercise).
Mayo Clinic describes strength training as a tool that can “help you preserve and enhance your muscle mass at any age” and lists the benefits as strengthening bones, managing weight, enhancing quality of life, and even sharpening your thinking skills (Mayo Clinic).
If you need any other reasons to love strength training, think muscle definition. Those toned arms and strong legs you’re striving for, come with increased strength training and heavier weights.
The beauty of this workout is you get all of the benefits of HIIT exercises and strength training, listed above!
Use the full 20-minute workout video at the top of this post to follow along as I coach you through this full body HIIT workout for women in real time.
For this workout you’ll need a medium-to-heavy set of dumbbells. I suggest using 10-20 lbs, I’m using 15 lbs in the workout video above. Choose a weight that challenges you. The last 2-3 repetitions should be challenging to the point of failure, but also allow you to safely perform each exercise.
Perform each of the 9 HIIT exercises for 45 seconds of work, followed by 15 seconds of rest. Then repeat all 9 HIIT exercises x 2 sets for a 20-minute total body workout.
Alternatively, you can screenshot the 9 HIIT exercises below to guide you.
This workout includes 9 of my favorite HIIT exercises! I favor large, compound movements that engage multiple muscle groups. These full body exercises make the most of our 20-minutes together.
Seriously — perform a few of the wood chop swings from this workout. You’ll feel every muscle from the top of your extended arms, down your shoulders and back, to your legs and glutes that are fired up to keep you stabilized.
Perform dynamic warm up before starting this 20-minute full body HIIT workout.
Repeat x2 sets.
Check out these popular HIIT workouts for women on the blog!