12-Minute Full Body Circuit Workout

Get in some quick cardio!

Use this 12-minute full body circuit workout to get in some quick cardio!

The moves we chose for this workout are some of the most effective calorie burners. Burpees, mountain climbers, squats, and push ups raise your heart rate while activating major muscle groups. Your body will have to work hard to keep moving and you’ll break out a sweat in just 12 minutes!

We suggests doing this full body circuit workout before or after weight lifting. The combination of strength training and cardio is a great way to lose body fat. Don’t forget to follow up with a healthy dose of protein and plenty of water.

What You’ll Need: a timer (your phone’s timer should work for this), a set of light to medium dumbbells (5-15 lb.), and an optional mat or towel to lay on the floor

What to Do: Set your timer for 6 minutes. Perform the moves in order as many times as you can for those 6 minutes. Rest for 60-90 seconds and repeat for a total of 2 rounds.

Below, we’ve included videos showing how to perform each move. Using proper form helps prevent injuries and ensures you’re getting the most out of your workout.

10 Burpees
20 Mountain Climbers
20 Squat & Press
10 Push Ups
40 Russian Twists


Mountain Climbers

Squat & Press

Push Ups

Russian Twist

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Sofia Lopez

Sofia received her BA from Cornell University and her MFA from San Francisco State University. She creates workouts and fitness challenges. Her hobbies include running, hiking, and listening to audiobooks from the exercise bike.

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