November 29, 2017

Sometimes we just don't have the time for the gym, a ride, or even a run. This workout requires little equipment, takes 12 minutes, and gives your whole body a cardio boost.

A 12-Minute Intense Cardio Workout That’ll Strengthen Your Whole Body

This total-body workout packs a cardio challenge.

Just because you don't have a ton of time to exercise doesn't mean you can't fit in a short-but-sweet workout. Having an hour set aside to hit the gym is great, but let's be real—it's not always realistic. That's why Michael Blauner, a certified personal trainer based in Bergen County, New Jersey, started creating 12-minute workouts for his clients. It's all about efficiency.

"For people who are short on time and don’t have a lot of time to work out, this at least gets them exercising," Blauner tells SELF. It's all about doing exercises that give you the most bang for your buck, and eliminating rest time. "Organize anywhere from three to four exercises into a circuit, and I recommend doing them repetitively without much of a break," Blauner says. The key: "Choose compound exercises that incorporate large muscle groups to cover the whole body in a relatively short amount of time."

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