How to work out if you’re short on time and a stability ball circuit for handstands

Hey there,

Have you ever skipped exercise because you didn’t think you had time to do the workout you wanted to do?

Lack of time is probably the number one reason most people skip their workouts. But exercise isn’t so all or nothing. Something is always better than nothing when it comes to workouts. Even a five minute workout can result in strength and fitness gains. Consistency, more than the length of time, is most important when it comes to working out.

If you’re short on time, the key is to stay focused and be efficient. Pick a few full body exercises and do a circuit or a HIIT workout. Oh, and don’t look at your phone 😉

Here’s an example of a 15 minute workout I did the other day:

Warm-up: 3 minutes
Jumping jacks, walking lunges, air squats, inchworms

Workout: 12 minutes
Kettlebell swings, pull-ups, goblet squats, push-ups, hanging leg raises

Follow this approach and you’ll be in and out of the gym in no time 💪

Looking for more short, efficient workout ideas? Try the 12 Minute Athlete app:

What I’m reading —

How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of Your Life by Pat Williams

This book instantly filled me with love and inspiration. What an inspiring human being! We can all learn from him:

“Dream big dreams and pursue those dreams with courage, optimism, and perseverance. Commit yourself to making the world a better place!”

What I’m listening to —

Why Wealth Matters: A Conversation With Morgan Housel / Making Sense Podcast

This fascinating podcast with Sam Harris goes into the psychology of money and how our personal history shapes our view of money, risk, and happiness when it comes to wealth and money.

I also read Housel’s book, The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed, and Happiness, a while back and highly recommend it.

A quote that inspires me —

“There is no passion to be found playing small — in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”  Nelson Mandela

What I’m training —

Stability balls are an amazing tool for building shoulder and core strength for handstands. Here’s a fun circuit to try that will help with strength as well as technique. Try it out and let me know what you think!

Three new workouts —

Fighter Fit Conditioning Workout (12 minute, jump rope)

Full Body Kettlebell AMRAP Workout (AMRAP, kettlebell, plyo box or equivalent)

300 Rep Weighted Challenge Workout (Time challenge, sandbag or dumbbells)

You can get these and all future workouts right in the 12 Minute Athlete app when you subscribe as a Super Athlete.

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– Krista

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