Cosmopolitan (UK)

So you want to… do a 20-minute workout?

Exercise needn’t take ages, says Ryan Baronet, head of strength at Psycle London


Can you really work out in 20 minutes?

In short, yes.“If you’re time-poor, incorporat­ing big, compound exercises alongside short bursts of HIIT training with minimal rest will spike your heart rate and work multiple muscle groups, so your whole body gets a workout.” Think burpees, jump squats, kettlebell swings, sprints and push-ups.

If I’m exercising for 20 minutes, how

often should I do it? “Depending on your fitness experience, I would advise doing between three and five workouts per week,” says Baronet.

What should I eat before and after a short but intense exercise

session? “Beforehand, I’d advise eating a form of fast-acting carbohydra­te one to three hours prior to training – think bananas, dates or mango,” says Baronet. “Post-workout, opt for carbs and a protein shake.”

Ready to go? Do three rounds of each of the exercises on this page, aiming to do each move as many times as possible in the allocated time period.

Round one: 40 seconds on, 20 seconds off.

Round two: 30 seconds on, 15 seconds off.

Round three: 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off. Rest between sets for 45 seconds to one minute.

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