5 minute fat-buster workout

Here’s a little routine for you to try which has all the hallmarks of a fantastic workout: 

  • It’s quick and simple
  • No equipment or set-up required
  • Not much space required
  • Potential to be as challenging, progressive and effective as you need in order for it to keep on working, continuing to give you results as you get fitter, stronger and leaner

Check out the video to see how to do the moves, then read down to the end of this blog post for ideas on format.

And the reason it works is that it requires a lot of functional movement - lots of muscles working together in a controlled way, generating agility and power. So it’s a fantastic fat-burner and toner as well as fitness booster!

There are loads of ways to combine these 4 simple exercises in order to fine-tune your results. Try this simple format to start with: Perform each exercise, one after the other, for a certain number of reps that takes you just over 1 minute on each exercise. You’re aiming for the whole circuit to take about 5 minutes. For example, you might start off with 12 burpees, 20 press-ups, 30 squats, 60 seconds of plank. Choose realistic but challenging numbers, and whatever numbers you go for, stick with those until you can get the whole thing done in under 5 minutes. Once you can, then it’s time to increase the reps by about 10% so that you’re back to over 5 minutes. Work on your time again until you can get the new number of reps back down to under 5 minutes. Here’s a challenging target: If you can get 20 burpees, 40 press-ups, 50 squats and 60 seconds of plank all done within 5 minutes you know you’re a fit, powerful and lean fat-buster! Let me know how quick YOU can do THAT… 😃 👍 💪

Simon Farrar