A full body superset workout that pairs strength training exercises with cardio conditioning. The first superset is all lower body exercises and the second superset is all upper body exercises; making this an efficient, 30-Minute Dumbbell HIIT Workout.
Simply put, a superset workout pairs two different exercises back-to-back with short rests or no rest in between exercises. Superset workouts save time by reducing the rest time between two exercises. Thus, you’re performing more work in less time. If you’ve done any of my strength and HIIT workouts, you’ve likely done a superset workout without even knowing it.
What Are The Benefits Of Superset Workouts?
Superset workouts are an efficient way to build muscle and raise your heart rate. Supersets pack in a high number of repetitions in a short period of time which pushes your muscles to fatigue. Compound supersets can produce amazing muscle growth and decrease body fat in a very short period of time. Supersets allow you to reach muscle overload using dumbbells at home rather than relying on gym equipment.
30-Minute Dumbbell HIIT Workout (Full Body Superset)
This 30-minute high intensity interval training workout supersets strength training and cardio exercises back-to-back in 40, 30, and 20 second intervals.
The workout time and rest time drop with each set. Which means you can try and hang onto those heavy dumbbells, but your heart rate is going to stay high with shorter recovery times.
A medium-to-heavy set of dumbbells.
I recommend 8-20 lbs depending on your fitness level. I’m using 12 lbs in this workout video.
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Targets: Legs, glutes, quads, inner thighs (adductors) and outer thighs and glutes (abductors).
How To Do A Lateral Lunge With Dumbbells
Start standing, feet hip-width apart holding one dumbbell in each hand in front of your hips (palms facing in).
Take a large step to the right with your right leg as you sit your hips back, bending your right knee while leaving your left leg straight. Think of performing a single leg squat with your right leg while your left leg remains straight. Knees and toes pointing forward.
Then, drive off your right foot to reverse the movement, driving back up to the starting position.
Repeat on your left leg, stepping out, pushing your hips back as you sit back. Drive off your left leg to return to center.
Modification: Drop the dumbbells and perform this as a bodyweight exercise.
Targets: Legs, glutes, hamstrings, quads, and calves.
A HIIT cardio exercise that also strengthens the lower body.
How To Do A Runner Lunge
Step your right leg back into a reverse lunge, dropping your right knee down towards the ground as you lower your hips until both knees reach a 90-degree angle, front thigh parallel to the floor.
Keeping your torso upright, jump with enough force to drive your right foot ahead of your left foot. Think of your feet as being on parallel train tracks.
“Run” your feet for a two-count (like you’re cross-country skiing). Once you reach the third count, drop your left knee back into a lunge.
Modification: Perform alternating step back lunges.
Targets: Gluteus maximus (main part of butt), quads (front of the thighs), hamstrings (back of the thighs) and core.
How To Do A Front Squat With Dumbbells
Begin in a neutral standing position, feet shoulder-width distance apart. Front rack the dumbbells at your shoulders (back head of the dumbbells resting on the shoulders and elbows pointing straight ahead).
With chest up, lower down into a squat, pushing your hips back and down until your hips align with your knees (making a 90-degree angle with your hips and knees). Drive your knees out toward your pinky toes.
Then drive through your heels, squeezing your glutes as you stand tall to return to the starting position.
Modification: Hold the dumbbells at your side or drop the dumbbells and perform as a bodyweight exercise.
Dumbbell Swing And Lateral Hop
Targets: Glutes, hamstrings, hips abductors, shoulders, traps, abs and core.
How To Do A Dumbbell Swing With Lateral Hop
Start in an athletic stance, feet wider than hips, slight bend in the knees, core engaged.
Holding a dumbbell in your right hand between your legs (right arm straight), hinge your hips back as you swing the dumbbell between your legs.
Drive through your hips to swing the dumbbell up to shoulder height. As the dumbbell is swinging up, drive off your right leg to laterally hop to the left.
When the dumbbell reaches shoulder height, grab it with your left hand, before hinging your hips back to swing it between your legs again.
This time drive off your left leg to laterally hop to the right. Repeat this pattern.
Modification: Omit the lateral hop and just perform the dumbbell swing.
2 Bear Crawl Back Rows And 2 Tricep Dips
Targets: Arms, back (lats), triceps, shoulders (deltoids), chest (pecs), quads and core.
How To Do A Bear Crawl Back Row And Tricep Dip
Start in a table top position on all fours with shoulders stacked over wrists on dumbbells and hips stacked over knees.
Engage your core and tuck your toes under to hover your knees off the ground in a bear crawl position.
From bear crawl, alternate pulling each dumbbell towards your ribcage to perform the dumbbell back rows.
Then, keep the dumbbells planted on the mat as you perform two tricep dips by bending your elbows back towards your thighs.
Modification: Perform the dumbbell back rows and tricep dips from a table top position instead of bear crawl (knees on mat instead of knees hovering off the mat).
Targets: Chest (pectoralis major), shoulders (anterior deltoid), core and abs.
Cardio, core and coordination all in this one move.
How To Do Punch Jacks
Start in an athletic position, feet hip-width apart, knees softly bent, core engaged.
“Jack” your feet out as you punch your right arm forward.
Then “jack” your feet back together, squeezing your inner thighs, as you pull your extended right arm back to center.
Repeat steps 1-3, punching your left arm forward.
Alternate which arm you punch for every jack.
Modification: Alternate tapping one foot to the side at a time instead of “jacking” both feet.
Bicep Curl And Overhead Shoulder Press
Targets: Arms, biceps, shoulders, back and core.
How To Do A Bicep Curl And Overhead Shoulder Press
Start standing, feet shoulder-width apart with a soft bend in the knees. Hold one dumbbell in each hand (palms facing out).
Perform a standard bicep curl, squeezing your biceps to curl the dumbbells to shoulder height (palms facing shoulders).
Then rotate your palms out away from your body as you push the dumbbells overhead, performing an overhead shoulder press (palms facing out at the top of the shoulder press).
With control, reverse this movement lowering the dumbbells to shoulder height then back down to the starting position.
Modification: Perform this exercise from a seating or kneeling position for added core stability.
A full body, compound dumbbell exercise to build strength and raise your heart rate.
How To Do A Burpee And Push Up And Bicep Curl
Start in a high plank position, shoulders over wrists (on dumbbells), core engaged.
Lower your chest to the ground performing a push up, then press back up to a high plank.
At the top of your push up, jump your feet in towards your hands (feet landing just outside hands), landing in the bottom of a squat.
Drive through your heels to stand tall. Holding dumbbells with your palms facing out.
Squeeze the front of your arm (bicep) to curl the dumbbells to shoulder height. With control, lower the dumbbells down to meet your thighs.
Perform a squat, planting your dumbbells on the ground as you step or jump back into a high plank position, returning to the starting position.
Modification: Step your feet in instead of jumping your feet in. Option to perform the push up from your knees or omit the push up all together. You can also perform this exercises from an incline, placing your hands on a chair or bench.
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