Can’t make it to the gym? Try the 7-minute workout!

7 minute workoutQuick, intense and extremely effective, a high intensity circuit training (HICT) workout boosts metabolism, fights weight gain and tones muscles all in a matter of minutes. HICT along with high intensity interval training (HIIT) such as Tabata workouts have become increasingly popular due to their short time commitment, but long-lasting results.

As made popular by a New York Times article, the 7-minute workout from the Human Performance Institute (HPI) pushes every muscle group with constant movement in a circuit-like routine. During the course of the workout, you complete 12 exercises using only body weight, a chair and a wall.

Though one complete circuit is only 7 minutes, HPI recommends repeating the workout two to three times for a total workout time of closer to 20 minutes, which will provide more benefits.

What To Do:

For maximum results, the 12 exercises should be performed for 30 seconds in succession, with a 10 second break in between each move.

  1. Jumping jacks
  2. Wall sits
  3. Push-ups
  4. Abdominal crunches
  5. Step-up onto chair
  6. Squats
  7. Triceps dip on chair
  8. Plank
  9. High knees in place
  10. Lunges
  11. Push-up and rotation
  12. Side planks

The 7-minute workout is a great alternative to when you can’t make it to the gym. But for the days you are able to get there, save on your gym membership with Healthy Blue Xtras.

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    “Just wanted to thank you for that wonderful timer. I had been doing the exercises without a timer, but it took me a lot longer and I wasn’t getting all the aerobic benefits I do now. I’ve forwarded the link to a couple friends who are also using it. I’m 67, but I do 30 regular guy pushups in 30 seconds–one with each tone”

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