According to Ashley Horner When life just won’t spare you an hour to go to the gym, this supercharged, Tabata-based, full-body workout will leave you gassed in less than 20 minutes!
I’m a busy mom with three little boys running around the house, so I can’t always block out time to go to the gym for an hour. What I can do, however, is bust out a short workout while the kids are napping or watching television. A short home routine with minimal equipment doesn’t need to be low intensity, though. My Restless Workout utilizes dumbbells, a kettlebell, and Tabata intervals, which will have your heart racing and your muscles screaming in no time flat!
If you’ve never tried Tabata, it’s about to become your new best friend—well, one of those best friends you have a love/hate relationship with, anyway. Tabata normally consists of 20-second work intervals followed by 10 seconds of rest for a total of eight rounds, which allows for an intense workout in only four minutes. My Restless Workout kicks it up another notch, though. Instead of resting, you’ll use those 10-second intervals to squeeze in yet another exercise. Some work your core, while others are straight-up lung burners.
Timing yourself is important; the 10- and 20-second intervals are what set the furious pace and keep the intensity elevated. You can use the basic stopwatch feature on your phone, but I like apps designed for HIIT and Tabata, such as Tabata Stopwatch Pro, because they let you program the intervals in ahead of time. Pausing to reset the stopwatch on your phone just brings down the intensity of the workout, defeating the whole purpose of these fast-paced intervals.
In fact, I strongly encourage you to complete the entire 20 minutes without taking a break, if possible; it’s called the “Restless” Workout for a reason! If you absolutely do need to rest, keep it to a minimum, and jump back in as soon as you’re able to.
The Restless Workout is a great option for those days when you need to push yourself hard in a short amount of time. However, it also makes a great finisher for the end of your existing workout. You can even use it as a warm-up to get your blood pumping and your energy surging before you hit the heavier weights. However you choose to use it, make sure you keep the pace fast and furious!
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