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

    I workout at home every morning and go for a run in the evening…morning workouts are always circuits or Pilates but I’m going to give one of yours ago in the ! 🙂 Great Post!


  2. Amy says

    This is so helpful, thanks Julie!! I’ve never really tried circuit workouts but definitely will now. Have a great time at the wedding, can’t wait to hear more about it later 🙂


  3. says

    Thanks for the post! My gym membership ends Jan 31st because I’ll be doing a lot of traveling off and on before officially moving the beginning of May so these ideas will really help me!


  4. Jenny says

    I’m all about at home workouts. There’s nothing better than waking up, whipping out your yoga mat, and busting out a nice flow. No traffic. No grunting men to deal with. No waiting for a machine. Just me and Rodney Yee 🙂


  5. says

    I love this, Julie!

    Usually I’ll either pop in a Jillian Michaels DVD or make up my own circuit if I want to workout at home. I like having a plan, though, so thanks for these ideas!


  6. Geneva says

    I do almost all of my workouts at home. I have the p90x dvd set and I love it. At first I would only follow the p90x plan but now I make up my own using p90x on some days and walmart workout dvds on others. I also like to bike on days when the weather is nice, but lately it’s been rather cold.


  7. says

    I feel like I get a better workout when I’m at the gym – there’s just too many distractions at home. But if I have to workout at home, I love exercise DVDs. The Tone it Up girls have a really good one. I also have an exercise ball, kettle ball, and weights at home.
    And in the nice weather, I love to run and walk outside!


  8. says

    these are great! i especially love that no nonsense workout. for several months i didn’t have the luxury of having a gym membership, so circuit workouts, workout DVDs (jillian michaels!), and running were my main workouts. i still felt like i got plenty of results from the comfort of my own home! you’re right, circuit workouts are often no joke!


  9. says

    I’m def in need of some at-home workout options… With the new puppy all I wanna do is be home and be with him! I’m not sure how he’d react to all the jumping around though ;P


  10. says

    When I’m away from home (and even when I am home), I LOVE using sessions. They have many different session lengths and generally their 20 minute sessions are free AND they come with a PDF pose guide! When I first started doing yoga, I used these sessions with guide to learn the basics because I was afraid I’d be embarrassed not knowing anything in class. When the instructor found out it was my “first” class, he was impressed. But now I just love them for a quick workout. 🙂


  11. says

    These are great options for at home workouts. If I “work out” at home those tend to be more of active rest days for me, walking or yoga. Or sometimes the 8 Minute Abs/Arms videos from the early 90s, haha. They are great! Your workouts are great for someone who doesn’t have access to a gym or equipment. Gotta do the hardcore stuff at home then!


  12. Mollie says

    I just did the “no nonsense circuit”….ummm my quads are burning, i want to puke, but somehow, i feel like a million bucks!!! this was awesome-thanks for sharing all of these great workouts!!! Enjoy your Sunday!


  13. says

    I haven’t belonged to a gym in about 7 years. We made a small investment into some free weights, a bench and we had a treadmill already so I’ve been able to do everything I need from home without feeling like I’m missing out on anything (not counting classes, but I never took those anyway). I’ve been loving all the different circuit and HIIT workouts floating around lately, I keep printing them off and switching things up which keeps it fresh. I also think with a few DVD’s you can get a great in home workout!


  14. says

    I LOVE the Tone It Up girls videos – especially their Sunset Workout! I also recently tried a killer & short one from…. Bring Sexy Back, man do I feel the burn!

    Thanks for posting all of these together!


  15. says

    I gave up my gym membership 3 years ago and have been doing home workouts ever since. I’m actually in better shape then when I had the membership. My favorite are the Get Ripped DVDs by Jari Love plus lately I’ve been following the Cross Fit daily workouts. I have a small at home gym so that helps with the cross fit workouts.


  16. says

    I love circuit style, too! Especially when you are short for time, you can get in strength and cardio at the same time! Although, I always find it so hard to workout at home and I’m usually more likely to just go to the gym. I don’t really have any equipment at home (aside from the treadmill in the basement that hasn’t been touched in a long time and I’m too creeped out to run down there) and everything shakes in my living room when I jump around (lol–we have hardwood floors).


  17. Pam says has tons of good workouts to choose from, one of my favorites is a 45 minute rock hard body workout that always leaves me sore for days!

    I also use a really good app on my phone, Nike Training Club, that lets you choose different body part workouts you want to target for as short or long as you like. Some are pretty hard core, definitely good to use when travelling.


  18. Lauren Pitler says

    These workouts are awesome and are exactly what I am looking for!

    Thanks for making adaptations for ‘road warriors’ or Consultants like me!


  19. Ellee says

    I recently began doing Insanity and I really love it! It is a killer workout and sometimes I can’t do all the moves and have to take breaks, but I just do my best and its always a great workout. The instructor (Sean T) is super motivating and I found that watching the DVD helps me push even more than I would if I was just doing it on my own. I think I need the music and someone talking to me, haha!


  20. Laura says

    I don’t belong to a gym and I prefer working out at home, since I actually have a lot of fitness equipment. I have a morning walk everyday since my dog would send me on a day long guilt trip if he’s not out the door once I wake up. I really like workouts that need little to no equipment.

    I like to follow the ToneItUp girls and Blogilates. But I actually haven’t been using their workouts lately. I’ve moved over to BodyRock. Although I have been meaning to incorporate workouts from everyone, including your workouts and the fitnessista’s, since I need a lot of variety.

    Thank you for the workout roundup!


  21. says

    I am lucky enough to have a boyfriend who is an ex-gymnast so he helps me workout at home by giving me creative exercises and making sure I don’t hurt myself 😉


  22. Allison says

    I just wanted to comment that this morning I finally made my first green monster smoothie. I made mine kind of like your chocolate covered strawberry smoothie.I used frozen strawberries, light vanilla Silk, a handful of fresh spinach, cocoa powder, and a dash of splenda (didn’t reallly need it though). I left out the protein powder because I wasn’t planning to workout soon. It was fantastic! I was so worried that the spinach would make it taste funky, but you were right — couldn’t taste it at all! Great way to get some extra greens in my diet!

    By the way, your at home circuits are inspiring me to start doing more strength training. I NEVER do any and I know I need to. I run on the treadmill and do some crunches, planks, push-ups, and squats — but I really want to be stronger and gain more muscle (and not be so scrawny!). I just never know what I’m doing when it comes to strength training. I think having a game plan and sticking to it would really help me.

    If I’m just starting to add in more strength training, is it best to just start with a few days a week? How many reps/sets?


  23. says

    Living in an upstairs apartment I can’t do too much stuff at home. Yoga – yes, anything that involves jumping up and down – no. But, I definitely want to utilize more at-home stuff when I actually have a home!


  24. Tori says

    So I decided to try the No Nonsense Circuit workout today and wow wow wow. I was a sweaty mess and my legs got to burning after all those squats and squat jumps and lunges. Thanks for the great workout!! 🙂 Will definitely be used again.


  25. says

    You must’ve read my mind. I was all over BodyRock.TV last night looking for suitable workouts. I’ve done some of yours and loved them. Away from the gym, I’ve been trying to run. Key word: trying. I also walk, but I probably would say, at home videos because they mimic classes.

    Websites: yours and Blogilates for her circuits


  26. Christina says

    I personally do not like gyms so at home is my thing!! Majority of my workouts are running related. But for in home workouts I love the Tonie It Up girls “lean arms pyramid” and “lean legs pyramid” 🙂


  27. says

    YAY! This post is like a GOLDMINE! Thanks so much for assembling all of your circuit workouts! I think circuit workouts can be good for everyone and anyone!


  28. 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!


  29. 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!!!


  30. 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.


  31. 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!


  32. 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.


  33. 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!


  34. 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.


  35. 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:)))


  36. 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!


  37. 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.


  38. 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.



  39. 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!


  40. 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!


  41. 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 🙂


  42. 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.


  43. 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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  47. 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!!!


  48. 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!


  49. 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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