Workout plan for busy professionals

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Get ready for a great workout plan for busy professionals!

Because finding time to workout is hard enough. But finding time to also CREATE a workout plan?

Sorry, that’s asking too much.

You’re a busy go-getter. You need a pre-designed workout plan for busy professionals like you. A plan that requires minimal time to execute but is effective and gets you the results you want.

Most people assume that’s not possible. While some may learn how to fit exercise into a busy schedule, they achieve only the fitness bare minimum.

As a go-getter myself, I don’t think that’s good enough. And chances are, you don’t either.

Which is why – on top of my nursing career – I became a certified personal trainer. I wanted to know how someone with 12 hour shifts and a 1 hour each-way commute could get the fitness results they want – even if they are short on time, incredibly tired, and juggling multiple responsibilities.

And I learned that if you have the right workout plan, designed with a busy schedule in mind, it’s 100% possible to “have it all.”

So after years of studying, after working with clients and seeing what worked for them and what didn’t, I have an efficient, ultra-effective, completely realistic workout plan for busy professionals like you.

So let’s get you fit!


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Busy Schedule Workout Plan: How It Works

This workout plan for busy professionals is 5 days a week. This is because consistency is the key to getting results. If you want results, you have to show up regularly.

But that also means you don’t have to commit multiple hours to working out each day.

In fact, no workout is longer than 25 minutes.

The way I make my workouts efficient and ultra-effective is with these techniques:

  1. Combining cardio and strength training into one workout
  2. Using combination moves to hit more than one muscle group at once
  3. Using metabolic moves that challenge your strength while boosting your heart rate
  4. Devoting a day each to challenging each muscle group (in this plan: upper body, lower body, and core/abs)
  5. Having at least one rest day before working the same muscle group again (except abs because it’s a more resilient muscle group)
  6. Warm-up and cool-down stretches included in the workout time. Each warm-up and cool-down are also designed specifically for each day’s workout in order to decrease the risk of injuries.

Note: If you’re looking to lose weight, you may need to add more cardio to your workout routine. You also may need to alter your eating habits to achieve a caloric deficit. For more about eating for weight loss, see How to Lose Weight with Guaranteed Results.

Equipment Needed for This Workout Routine

All you’ll need for this workout plan is a mat for the floor and a medium set of dumbbells. For most, this will be 8-10 lb. If you have a recent strength training history, opt for 10 lbs (or feel free to go higher).

Workout Plan for Busy Professionals

Monday workout plan for busy professionals

Monday – Upper Body Workout (20 Minutes)

2 Minute Warm-Up:

  • 60 seconds – Jumping Jacks
  • 30 seconds – Arm Circles
  • 30 seconds – Wide Stance, Alternating Reach for Opposite Toes

Workout: 15 Minute AMRAP (as many rounds as possible). Complete all 5 exercises below, rest 30 seconds, and repeat until 15 minutes is up.

ExerciseNotes
10 Dumbbell Jumping Jack PressUse 1 dumbbell held in both hands
10 Bent-Over Rows2 dumbbells
10 Push-UpsNo weight
10 Bicep Curls to Overhead Press2 dumbbells
10 Bent-Over Tricep Extensions2 dumbbells

3.5 Minute Stretch:

  • 30 seconds – Bicep Stretch
    • Interlock hands behind your back, straighten your arms, and rotate your elbows backwards until you feel a stretch in both biceps.
  • 60 seconds – Tricep Stretch (30 sec. each side)
    • Reach right hand up to right shoulder, and use left hand to pull elbow back until you feel a stretch in your right tricep. Hold 30 seconds, then switch sides.
  • 60 seconds – Shoulder Stretch (30 sec. each side)
    • Reach arm across chest and use opposite arm to pull it in towards your chest until you feel a stretch in your shoulder. Hold 30 seconds, then switch sides.
  • 60 seconds – Wall Chest Stretch (30 sec. each side)
    • Face the edge of a doorway/wall, place your palm and forearm against the doorway/wall, and then slowly walk forward so your arm is pulled up behind you. Walk forward just until you feel the stretch from the front of your shoulder through your chest muscle. Hold 30 seconds, then switch sides.
Tuesday workout plan for busy professionals

Tuesday: HIIT Workout (20 Minutes)

2 Minute Warm-Up:

  • 30 seconds – High Knees
  • 60 seconds – Skaters
  • 30 seconds – Shoulder Rolls (15 seconds each way)

Workout: 15 minute high intensity interval training (HIIT) – complete all exercises, including rest following each move. Perform circuit a total of 3 times (15 minutes total).

Exercise (30 seconds each)Notes
10 Dumbbell SwingsLike kettlebell swings
REST
In-and-Out Squat Jumps
REST
Burpees with JumpNo push-up
REST
High-to-Low Planks
REST
Jumping Lunges
REST
Complete circuit 3x

3 Minute Stretch:

  • 60 seconds – Kneeling Hip Stretch (30 sec. each side)
    • Go into a lunge, placing back knee on ground. Lean into your front leg (make sure your front knee doesn’t extend past your toes, otherwise scoot your foot forward) until you feel a stretch where your back leg connects to your hip. Hold 30 seconds, then switch sides.
  • 60 seconds – Shoulder Stretch (30 sec. each side)
    • Reach arm across chest and use opposite arm to pull it in towards your chest until you feel a stretch in your shoulder. Hold 30 seconds, then switch sides.
  • 60 seconds – Glute Stretch (30 sec. each side)
    • Sitting on ground with both legs extended, cross your right leg over your left. Use both arms to hug your right leg into your chest until you feel a stretch in your right glute muscles. Hold 30 seconds, then switch sides.
Wednesday Rest Day

Wednesday: Rest Day

Enjoy! You’ve earned it!

Thursday workout plan for busy professionals

Thursday: Full-Body Workout (20 Minutes)

2 Minute Warm-Up:

  • 30 seconds – Hip-Width Stance, Alternating Reach for Opposite Toes
  • 60 seconds – Side-to-Side Lunges
  • 30 seconds – Arm Circles

Workout: Max reps in 15 minutes (1, 2, 3…). This means you’re repeating the circuit below continually until 15 minutes is up, adding one more repetition of each exercise each time. For example, the first round you’ll do 1 squat, 1 push-up, then 1 sit-up. The next round, you’ll do 2 squats, 2 push-ups, and 2 sit-ups. No time for rest here – keep pushing until the time is up (and see how many reps you can get up to)!

ExerciseNotes
1 x SquatGo as low as you can while maintaining good form.
1 x Push-UpPerform on knees if needed.
1 x Sit-UpNot crunches. Sit all the way up, using your abs to do the work.

3.5 Minute Stretch:

  • 30 seconds – Cobra Stretch
    • Lie on your stomach and then push your torso up with your hands until you feel a stretch in your abs.
  • 60 seconds – Glute Stretch (30 sec. each side)
    • Sitting on ground with both legs extended, cross your right leg over your left. Use both arms to hug your right leg into your chest until you feel a stretch in your right glute muscles. Hold 30 seconds, then switch sides.
  • 60 seconds – Standing Quad Stretch (30 sec. each side)
    • Holding onto a wall with your right hand, bend your left knee and grab your left foot with your left hand, holding it back so you get a stretch in your left quad. Hold 30 seconds, then switch sides.
  • 60 seconds – Wall Chest Stretch (30 sec. each side)
    • Face the edge of a doorway/wall, place your palm and forearm against the doorway/wall, and then slowly walk forward so your arm is pulled up behind you. Walk forward just until you feel the stretch from the front of your shoulder through your chest muscle. Hold 30 seconds, then switch sides.
Friday plan

Friday: Ab Day with Cardio (15 Minutes)

2 Minute Warm-Up:

  • 60 seconds – Skaters
  • 60 seconds – Alternating Cat-Cow Stretch (excellent prior to ab exercises)

Workout: Alternating cardio and ab exercises – repeat circuit twice. Then move on to the ab burner circuit (complete 2x as well) to make sure they’re really fried (this is how we get definition, my friend!).

Exercise (30 seconds each)Notes
Jumping JacksCardio
BicyclesCore
InchwormsCardio
Reverse CrunchesCore
High KneesCardio
Flutter KicksCore
Complete circuit 2x

Ab Burner Circuit

Exercise (30 second each)Notes
R Side Plank with Reach UnderToo hard? Hold the side plank instead.
L Side Plank with Reach Under
Crunch Up to ToesLegs are extended straight in the air
Russian TwistsIf you can, keep your heels off the ground. If not, then it’s something to work towards.
Complete circuit 2x

2.5 Minute Stretch:

  • 30 seconds – Cobra Stretch
    • Lie on your stomach and then push your torso up with your hands until you feel a stretch in your abs.
  • 60 seconds – Shoulder Stretch (30 sec. each side)
    • Reach arm across chest and use opposite arm to pull it in towards your chest until you feel a stretch in your shoulder. Hold 30 seconds, then switch sides.
  • 60 seconds – Supine Twist Back Stretch (30 sec. each side)
    • Lay on your back with your legs extended. Bend your right leg up, placing your right foot on the inside of your left thigh. Using your left hand, pull your right knee to the left, all the way to the floor if you’re able. Keeping both shoulders on the floor, extend your right arm out to the right side and turn your head in that direction. This is an excellent back stretch. Hold 30 seconds, then switch sides.
Saturday plan

Saturday: Lower Body Workout (Approx. 25 Minutes)

2 Minute Warm-Up:

  • 30 seconds – Hip-Width Stance, Alternating Reach for Opposite Toes
  • 60 seconds – Side-to-Side Lunges
  • 30 seconds – Arm Circles

Workout: Decreasing reps (20-15-10-10). Complete all exercises in the circuit using the first amount of reps. Rest 30 seconds, then perform the circuit again using the next amount of reps listed above. Continue until you’ve finished all rep amounts. For example, first you’ll do 20 reps of all exercises. Next you’ll do 15 reps. And so on.

ExerciseNotes
Squat JumpsNo weight
R Lunge PulsesIf you’re feeling ambitious, try holding dumbbells in each hand
L Lunge PulsesIf you’re feeling ambitious, try holding dumbbells in each hand
Deadlifts2 dumbbells. Be sure you’re keeping your back straight and using your hips to drive the movement!
Sumo Squat with Calf RaisesNo weight. Calf raise is at top of movement, not when you’re in the squat.

3 Minute Stretch:

  • 60 seconds – Standing Quad Stretch (30 sec. each side)
    • Holding onto a wall with your right hand, bend your left knee and grab your left foot with your left hand, holding it back so you get a stretch in your left quad. Hold 30 seconds, then switch sides.
  • 60 seconds – Standing Wall Calf Stretch (30 sec. each side)
    • Face a wall and take a step forward with one foot, placing your palms on the wall. Lean forward until you feel a stretch in the calf of your back leg. Hold 30 seconds, then switch sides.
  • 60 seconds – Glute Stretch (30 sec. each side)
    • Sitting on ground with both legs extended, cross your right leg over your left. Use both arms to hug your right leg into your chest until you feel a stretch in your right glute muscles. Hold 30 seconds, then switch sides.
Sunday Rest Day

Sunday: Rest Day

Awesome job! Rest up – a new week starts tomorrow!

Summary of Workout Plan:

MonTuesWedThursFriSatSun
Upper BodyHIITRestFull-BodyAbs and CardioLower BodyRest

I hope this workout plan for busy professionals is exactly what you’ve been looking for. The workouts are short enough to squeeze in on your busiest days, but still jam-packed with tough moves to get you results.

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