Workout Wednesday – The Power of 30 Minute Workouts and I’m Officially a Group Fitness Instructor!

Hey there! Happy Wednesday.

How’s the week going?

It’s been a good one over here so far. I worked Monday and then had an audition for a group fitness instructor position yesterday! And guess what? I got the job!

I’m so excited to begin “officially” teaching and can’t wait to learn more and develop this passion of mine into a career. It looks like I’ll be teaching a couple classes a week beginning in April. Woohoo!

My audition went well in part because the fitness center manager was very welcoming and helpful. It was clear she wanted me to do well and wanted to be a source of support as she new that I’m new to teaching! I really appreciated it.

For the audition, I had to prepare a 30 minute workout that included a warm up and cool down and be able to offer modifications for exercises and demonstrate proper form. Even though I have lots of experience creating workouts, I was quite nervous!

I ended up choosing to go with a 20 minute total body Tabata workout because this style of HIIT is really effective, especially if you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck timewise! Plus, Tabata is a fun and high energy workout format.

Here’s what we did after warming up with some breathing, dynamic stretches, and simple cardio moves:

T1: plank jacks/power squat

T2: lie down push-ups/goblet squat with alternating front kick

T3: weighted punches/plyo lunge

T4: high jump with alternating side row/thrusters

T5: weighted jog/half burpee

So, for each Tabata, we alternated between two exercises. It’s definitely one I will be coming back to in the future!

If you are short on time you can FOR SURE get in an awesome workout regardless. You do not need hours and hours to work out, really! My recommendation is to perform a routine that incorporates strength and cardio in interval format to really make the best use of the time that you do have!

If you need some inspiration, I’ve got some great workouts from around the web to share with you!

Love the format of this 20 Minute Total Body Workout from PB Fingers.

I really dig her workouts, like this Work it All 30 Minute one!

Some awesome moves in this 30 Minute Interval Workout.

Truthfully, some of my best and favorite workouts happen in 30 minutes because you’ve gotta kick up the intensity and focus to get the job done! Go for it.

Hope you have a great day and I’ll see you back here on Friday!

Be sure to check out the Workout Wednesday Linkup for more workout goodness!


Let’s Chat: How long do your workouts typically last? Favorite workout when you’re short on time?


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    • Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner
    • August 24, 2020

    I do some Tabata workouts but I really like a longer workout when I can of at least an hour with a mix of cardio and weights. Congrats to you! I used to teach group ex it’s fun

    • Susie @ Suzlyfe
    • August 24, 2020

    Congrats! I would imagine you would kick my ass, even if I was in shape. Right now, i feel like a gentle wind would knock me over.

    • Heather @Fitncookies
    • August 25, 2020

    Yay! Congrats! I love Tabata workouts. They are my favorite! So funny but I JUST pulled up that workout of mine to do when my friend asked me for a good one that was a quickie. How funny we thought alike! Thanks so much for doing and sharing my workouts! You are going to be a fantastic instructor (and a LOT of my workouts were done when I was teaching… just in case you need some inspiration 🙂 Add on warm up, core, and cool down and boom- an hour is over!)

    • Nicole @ Fitful Focus
    • August 25, 2020

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! So so awesome! Your workout looks great! I can’t wait to hear about your classes and workouts!

    • Jen
    • August 29, 2020

    Such a fan of short, interval workouts. I’m all about getting the most bang for my buck and HIIT does just that. Some awesome moves here! And congrats on your new job!!! So exciting!!

    • Rachel
    • August 29, 2020

    Ack! How stressful! But congrats, that’s awesome!!

    • Annmarie
    • August 30, 2020

    I love tabata and HIIT workouts- so quick yet so effective! Congrats on the new job, that is awesome!!!

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