Be super efficient with this 20-min bodyweight circuit you can do in the comfort of your living room.

By Jon-Erik Kawamoto, MSc, CSCS, CEP

This workout is surprisingly challenging for only being 20-minutes. I was sweating and panting by the end!

The St. John’s Board of Trade hired me to host a ZOOM workout this morning. It was very successful and I even was sweating and panting at the end!

I promised to share the workout on our blog, so here we go.

You might be wondering what a “Tabata” is? Tabata is common slang in the fitness industry these days to describe a workout method that involves 20-seconds work and 10-seconds rest. It’s actually the last name of a researcher from Japan. His full name was Izumi Tabata and he led a famous study that looked at cyclists performing supramaximal sprints on a stationary bike. I don’t need to get too deep into his research here, but I will send you to an article I wrote for Bodybuilding.com called The Real Tabata: A Brutal Circuit from the Protocol’s Inventor if you want to read more.

The full workout protocol is 20-sec hard, 10-sec easy for 8 rounds which equals 4 minutes.

In today’s Zoom workout, we did 20-minutes worth, so 5 rounds of 4 minutes. No rest was taken between sets.

Screenshot from my St. John’s Board of Trade ZOOM home workout from Monday, April 6th

To do the workout, do each exercise listed below for 20-seconds. Do as many reps as possible without breaking form. Take 10-seconds to maneuver to the next exercise. Going through each exercise once is equal to one round, and 4-minutes.

Round 1 Exercises (minutes 0 – 4)

Bridge March Demo
  • Bodyweight Squat (20-sec)
  • Pushup Plank (20-sec)
  • Split Squat right leg in front (20-sec)
  • Split Squat left leg in front (20-sec)
  • Leg-V Sit Up (20-sec)
  • Glute Bridge March (20-sec)
  • Side Plank Clamshell right (20-sec)
  • Side Plank Clamshell left (20-sec)

Rounds 2 & 3 Exercises (minutes 5 – 12)

2 Cues to Fix Your Front Plank
  • Isometric Squat
  • Push Up Plank Shoulder Tap
  • Isometric Split Squat right foot front
  • Isometric Split Squat left foot front
  • Accordion Sit Up
  • Isometric Glute Bridge
  • Side Plank Knee In/Out right
  • Side Plank Knee In/Out left

Rounds 4 & 5 Exercises (minutes 13 – 20)

Push Up Demo
  • Squat Jump
  • Push Up
  • Split Squat Jump right
  • Split Squat Jump left
  • Leg V-Sit Up
  • Glute Bridge March
  • Side Plank Lifts right
  • Side Plank Lifts left
Squat Jump Demo

You might be surprised how much work you can get done in only 20-minutes with no weights. Enjoy!


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Jon-Erik Kawamoto, MSc, CSCS, CSEP is a Strength and Conditioning Coach, Co-owner and Founder of JKConditioning. With 15 years in the industry and over 10 years as a freelance fitness writer, Jon has helped many change their lives through fitness. To inquire about coaching, workshops, presentations or writing, you can contact him through our Contact Us page. (photo credit: Jim Mullowney Photography)

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