18-Minute HIIT: Cardio Blasting Body Sculpt Workout

18-minute HIIT cardio blasting body sculpt workout
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Hello Everyone,

I have a fantastic workout on the planner today. This 18-Minute HIIT routine is an amazing full body workout. We will be incorporating dumbbells into this routine, so be sure to grab some for resistance. If you don’t have dumbbells you can either grab something from around the house (water bottles work!) or do the exercises with body weight. Either way, you will be getting in a great workout. You will find the workout video and a photo tutorial below.

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Have fun!


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The Workout:

Equipment: 2 Dumbbells, Chair or Bench

Interval Timer: 18 Rounds of 10/50

Beginner: 10 reps, 30 Seconds Cardio Bursts
Intermediate: 15 reps, 40 Seconds Cardio Bursts
Advanced: 20 reps, 50 Seconds Cardio Bursts

  1. High Knees
  2. Burpees
  3. Warrior Deadlift-Right
  4. Warrior Deadlift-Left
  5. High Knees
  6. Burpees
  7. Chair Squat Pendulum Press-Right
  8. Chair Squat Pendulum Press-Left
  9. High Knees
  10. Burpees
  11. Runner’s Lunge Lift-Right
  12. Runner’s Lunge Lift-Left
  13. High Knees
  14. Burpees
  15. Modified Pistol Squat Tap (Sit to Stand)-Right
  16. Modified Pistol Squat Tap (Sit to Stand)-Left
  17. High Knees
  18. Burpees

Repeat 1-3X
Optional: Pair with 30-Minutes Cardio of Choice


High Knees: Run in place, focusing on keeping your core tight and engaged, and driving the knees as high as you can.


Burpee: Part 1: Start in Plank. Hold here or do one pushup.


Burpee: Part 2: Jump your feet forward from plank position. Lift your hands and get ready to spring up.


Burpee: Part 3: Jump as high as you can. Try to touch the ceiling (or sky if you are lucky enough to workout outside!)


Warrior Deadlift: Part 1: Hold Dumbbells in front of you, with your palms facing your body. Keep the core strong and engaged. Extend one leg behind you.


Warrior Deadlift: Part 2: Keep the back flat (most important part of this move!), hinge forward at the hips, let your arms hang in front of your body. Keep your hips closed and your knee & both hip bones pointed toward the floor. Lift from the glutes and hands strings to return to starting position.


Chair to Pendulum Squat & Press: Part 1: Hold a dumbbell at shoulder height. Keep both knees pressing together, and thighs squeezing. Sink your hips backward into chair pose (like you are about to sit on a chair).


Chair to Pendulum Squat & Press: Part 2: Press through your heels to come up from chair pose. Lift your leg into a pendulum swing, keeping your knee facing forward. At the same time, press the dumbbell toward the ceiling. Bring the weight back to your shoulders, and the legs together to return to chair pose.


Runner’s Lunge Lift: Part 1: Start with both feet together. Take a large step backward until you come into a runner’s lunge. Hold a dumbbell between both hands, at shoulder height. For the Runner’s Lunge keep the back leg straight, chest lifted, and your front thigh parallel with the ground.)


Runner’s Lunge Lift: Part 2: From the lunge position lean forward with a flat back. Keeping both feet on the floor, hold onto the weight and place it in front of your foot. Press through the heel of the front leg to lift your back leg/heel toward the ceiling. Use a controlled motion to return the back foot to the ground. Firmly grasp the weight, keeping the back flat, and return to starting position.


Modified Pistol Squat/Sit to Stand: Part 1: Start in standing with your glutes strongly engaged.


Modified Pistol Squat/Sit to Stand: Part 2: Extend one leg in front of you. Press your hip backwards to sit or tap the chair with your butt. Keep the core tight and press through your heel to return to standing.

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