Workouts I love include a total body workout with weights and quick workouts at home.  I’m a firm believer that workouts don’t have to be long or complex to be effective.

Each 5×5 block can be a stand-alone workout if you need a 10minute strength and cardio workout.  But if you combine all three blocks, you’ll get a total body workout with weights.

There are 5 exercises in each block.  You do 5 sets/rounds of each block.

5×5 Back Block

Lateral Shuffle – 10 laps
Bent Over Rows – 10 reps with moderately-heavy weights
Gate Swings – 10 reps (modify = step apart and together to remove the jump)
Reverse Flyes – 10 reps with same dumbbells as above.  (This will be challenging!)
High Knee Jog – 20 total/10 per leg.  (It will go by really fast.)

5×5 Leg Block

Thrusters – 10 reps
Reverse Lunges – 10 reps on the right leg
Seal Jacks – 15 reps
Reverse Lunges – 10 reps on the left leg
RDLs – 10 reps with moderately-heavy weights

A note about RDLs
Romanian Deadlifts are excellent for strengthening your glutes and hamstrings.  Plus they teach you how to hinge at your hips.  That movement is super important when picking up heavy things.  RDLs are not a squat!  The movement is backwards and forwards from the hip.  You’re not trying to get low.  Your knees do not bend very much in an RDL.  Keep the weights close to your thighs.
If you feel these in your lower back, either your technique is off or you’re using too much weight.  If you’re learning RDLs for the first time, do it without any weight until you’ve mastered the movement pattern.

5×5 Core Block

Plank Jacks – 15 reps (modify = step feet apart instead of jumping)
Right Side Plank – 15-20 seconds hold
Dead Bug – 20-30 seconds hold
Left Side Plank – 15-20 seconds hold
Crunches – 15 reps

When you put all three of these blocks together in one workout, you’ll definitely feel like it’s a cardio workout!  So rest as needed.

And check out my blog AMRAP Workout for Busy Moms for more total body workouts with weights ideas!