At Home Workouts

If you read this blog with any regularity, you’ve likely noticed that I have a serious love of circuit-style workouts. I love how they move quickly and fight exercise boredom, but mostly I love how much they kick my booty! I am always a sweaty mess after a circuit workout.

One of the best part about circuit workouts is that many of them require no gym equipment and those that do can usually be slightly altered so you can do them at home in your living room.

Below you will find some of my favorite workouts that I modified slightly (the original workout is hyperlinked) so that they may be done at home or in a hotel room when you’re traveling.

No fancy equipment or weights required!

at home circuit

cardio circuit

no nonsense circuit

Jump rope circuit

Note: Simply mimic the jump rope movement if you do not have a jump rope at home. You may also substitute push ups for Kettlebell swings.


5x50 workout

Questions of the Afternoon

  • What is your favorite way to workout away from the gym? Workout DVDs? Walking outside? Circuits?
  • What websites are your go-to websites for quality at-home workouts?

I’ve heard great things about BodyRock and Insanity for awesome and challenging at-home workouts but still haven’t tried any of their workouts myself.


  1. says

    You’re a little bit obsessed. :-) But I think its great! Thanks for posting this. It will definitely be great for one of those mornings where I do not feel like driving over to the gym!


  2. Laura says

    Thank you so much for posting these Julie! I’ve been lurking on your blog for a while, so I comment for once to tell you much I’ve enjoyed your blog, your recipes, and your workouts.

    I’m a grad student at the UNC-Chapel Hill and am often short on time, so these workouts are perfect. I like doing quick 15-30 minute rounds of exercise when my motivation is flagging to give me that extra burst of energy to plow through my seemingly endless work. These will also be perfect when I go abroad (hopefully) next year to do research.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!


  3. says

    I too love home circuit workouts! But since I joined the gym b/c of moving into a 3rd floor apartment, I’ve been loving circuit (bodyweight/weight)+treadmill 😀 And sometimes for that extra cardio, I like to also use the stepmill.


  4. Stacey says

    My boyfriend and I do a “Deck of Cards” workout weekly. For each suit you do a different exercise which (for us) typically involves: push-ups, lunges, an ab move, and something else (mountain climbers/burpees/jumping jacks etc). For each card you do the face value of the card for the exercise corresponding with the suit – with J/Q/K being 10 and Ace being 11. Your heart rate gets up there because there isn’t really time to rest between exercises. We get our butts kicked every week by this!


  5. Ana says

    Julie, do you have any background in training or fitness? i guess i just want to understand how you put these workouts together before i try them – they look awesome, but i’d just like to know how you created these. did you base some of these off of your own experience? or did something else inspire these combos? and i totally don’t mean this in a snarky or rude way — i make my own workouts all the time, but i never give them out because my training is in psychology and i have no credentials related to fitness whatsoever. i don’t consider my own interest in fitness enough to give out advice/workouts to others.


  6. Leslie says

    I do BodyRock and I love love love it so much. I took a 2 week break from running because it is recommended to do once a year to avoid injury and during that time I just did the Christmas BodyRock challenge and not only did I avoid weight gain over the holidays (I ate in moderation, no dieting) but I lost 3 lbs. It’s no joke!


  7. Michelle says

    you have to try the bar method! i just went to my first class today to try it out and i am addicted. you pretty much work each muscle to exhaustion- their claim is that it will make your muscles shake which i was definately feeling today especially in my quads! it’s supposed to give you a long and lean dancer’s body. They also have DVDs as well so you can do it at home.


  8. Yuri says

    OOOh thank you very much for these!!! I needed them,i get bored so fast it´s crazy.

    I usually workout at home,since I´m short on time and money.
    I recently began doing a monthly challange on and it really is awsome,very challanging yet FUN and varied.
    I also like Billy Blank´s tae bo and Jillian Michaels´ workouts since they are short but intense (to mee at least).
    But more than anything I enjoy walking outside,with my mp3 full of songs that make me want to walk forever:)))


  9. pluvk says

    This is great! I’ve been looking for some at-home circuit workouts. I tend to do a lot of the old exercisetv videos (I MISS that site!), and sometimes do Denise Austin’s vids on youtube. I’m always looking for more video workouts!


  10. says

    How do your time your intervals? With a stop watch, iPhone, or do you just count? I have trouble with my iPhone so I’m looking for a better alternative.


  11. says

    I like your variations and the circuit training is the name of the game. I am a virtual trainer and I train many clients online and I am always reminding them that consistency and motivation is key. I am placing my stamp of approval on the workouts Julie has listed. Home workouts is the future because my schedule is out of control and something like this is simple but very effective.



  12. Caitlyn says

    PERFECT. Didn’t feel like getting in my car and driving to the gym this morning and I found this on pinterest. Just perfect. Don’t stop updating!!! Thank you!


  13. says

    I absolutely love your website.. Excellent colors & theme.
    Did you build this website yourself? Please reply back as I’m hoping to create my own personal website and would like to know where you got this from or what the theme is called. Kudos!


  14. says

    I’m so glad I finally found the original source for that first circuit! I’ve done it a few times, but I just got it off tumblr. It’s great! I just did the cardio one last night and it was pretty tough. I didn’t expect it to be that hard just looking at it! Thanks for sharing these. I’m going to try another one this weekend :)


  15. says

    These are fantastic workouts! I’m a big fan of circuit training for an intense workout in a short amount of time. I’ll definitely be adding some of these routines to shake things up a bit.


  16. Laci Garbs says

    I just did the No Nonsense workout and I burned 360 calories with warm up and cool down! These workouts are amazing! And the recipes are delicious! I am an official PBFingers addict! Thank you so much for you blog!


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  20. says

    I LOVE the circuit workouts on your blog. My favorite and the one I often do when I can find the time to run is the No Nonsense Workout. This workout really makes feel like a got a good cardio workout in while toning – Thanks!!!


  21. Emily Maina says

    Hi, Julie. I’m a newly qualified fitness instructor from Kenya. I love your workouts – they work great for older folk too! I’m 40 and my clients are between 30 and 55 years old. I use your workouts once a week as fitness challenges, modifying intensity of the exercises as needed to suit the clients. They are all ladies and they really enjoy the kick-ass circuits. Keep them coming!


  22. Jessie says

    Hello Julie, how do you time yourself doing these circuts? I’ve looked for a timer that willl beep every 60 or 30 seconds and haven’t been able to find one.

    Thanks in advance!



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