How to Create the Perfect Full-Body Workout


Do a search for “full-body workout” on the interwebs and you will get A LOT of suggestions.

Many of them require equipment … or complicated rep schemes … or lots of time.

And, I don’t know about you, but the one thing I don’t need in my life is another cumbersome thing to do or figure out. I just want to pop on some fun tunes (which, here are some good workout playlists suggestions if you need ’em!), move my body, and happily get my sweat on.

Who feels me?

So, in times like these, I follow a very simple formula for the perfect full-body workout. And, I’m sharing it with you today!

woman doing crunches

There are a few reasons why this formula is one of my go-tos:

  • It’s simple and easy to remember
  • You can use whatever equipment you have (or don’t have)
  • You can do it at home or at the gym
  • You can select the moves you love the most (or those you want to work on)
  • It can be as long or as short as you need it to be
  • You can do it alongside a friend or your partner — or on your own
  • It hits your upper body, lower body and your core — plus, cardio!
  • It goes by quickly and is FUN (gotta be fun to do it!)

Winner, winner, right?! Now, let’s get to creating YOUR perfect full-body workout.

You can create your own perfect full-body workout by following a simple formula of:

  • 1 minute cardio
  • 1 minute upper body
  • 1 minute lower body
  • 1 minute cardio
  • 1 minute plank/core

Cardio: Cardio can be anything from jumping jacks to running to marching in place to biking or rowing — anything to get your heart rate up. (And, you can do the same cardio move twice, or pick two different ones.)

Upper-Body Moves: Upper-body moves can include traditional dumbbell moves like push press, bicep curls or bent-over rows, OR it can simply be push-ups (on the wall, your knees, or your toes) or tricep dips off of a chair.

Lower-Body Moves: Lower-body moves can be weighted or bodyweight-only lunges, squats, hip bridges, deadlifts, wall sits, etc. Anything that challenges your lower half!

Plank/Core: For the core, a basic plank (on the toes or the knees) is a really great one to try for a minute, but you can also try crunches, sit-ups, v-ups, flutter kicks, or reverse crunches. You do you, boo.

All together, that formula gives you five minutes of a full-body workout that both boosts strength and gets your heart rate up. Simply repeat for as many rounds as you’d like.

Again, you pick the moves and how many rounds you do so it’s totally customizable to YOU.

two women sitting with the text Full-Body Workout Formula

Need a few ideas of what this looks in real life? Here are three of my favorite workouts using the formula above.

Bodyweight Dance Party Workout

This is my no. 1 go-to. No equipment needed.

  • 1 minute dancing
  • 1 minute push-ups
  • 1 minute air squats
  • 1 minute jumping jacks
  • 1 minute plank

Dumbbell Workout

This one uses dumbbells for the strength work.

  • 1 minute running
  • 1 minute push press
  • 1 minute lunges while holding dumbbells
  • 1 minute running
  • 1 minute V-ups

All the Equipment Workout

And, this is one that I like to do in my garage gym.

  • 1 minute rowing
  • 1 minute pull-ups
  • 1 minute deadlifts
  • 1 minute rowing
  • 1 minute plank with my feet in my TRX

See? No fuss; just fitness. What will your first workout using this formula be? Let me know in the comments! –Jenn

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