Shape Up: How to Do a 1-Hour Workout in 30 Minutes

Shape Up: How to Do a 1-Hour Workout in 30 Minutes
Any busy girl knows that it can be hard to squeeze in a workout with a schedule that’s packed to the brim. Trust me, I’m the expert on hectic schedules. Sometimes I can only set aside a quick 30 minutes for my daily dose of exercise. When I’m in a pinch for time, I like to make my trip to the gym worth every minute. When you find yourself in said situation, I have a trick that will help you to maximize your short workout: interval training.

You’ll want to get sweating as fast as possible, and the best way to do this is to do 3-5 minutes on the treadmill in between each rep you do. To find out how to do a 1-hour workout in 30 minutes, take a peek at the breakdown below…

Shape Up: How to Do a 1-Hour Workout in 30 Minutes

Here’s how to do each move in case you’re not sure:

This workout will work all the muscles groups in your body: legs, butt, arms, abs. And, you will be getting your cardio in too. I like interval training like this because it burns fat and builds muscle. It will also rev up your metabolism, so you will be burning calories all day long.

Don’t forget to listen to Jilly’s playlist while you workout! Click here to start listening.

Do you have any other fit tips for making the most out of a 30-minute workout?

XO Lauren

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Photos: Self Magazine,
Categories: Shape Up
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  • Sarah

    Love this! Reminds me of a good Jillian Michaels workout – fast, yet effective :)

  • Alina ermilova

    A really great workout!;)

  • kalamityray

    Great advice! “”No Time”” is the official motto of all of us who hate working out, yet now much time do we waste each day online, in front the tv, etc. Workouts like this can boost your metabolism pretty quickly. Keep posting these!

  • Ana Sofia

    Nice plan! It’s important to do exercise in the fall and winter :)


  • Deanne Castro

    Great plan! I should try this!

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  • Ashley Ward

    Such a great workout! It can be difficult to run at 7 on a treadmill but for only 5 minutes… it was perfect!


    Great points!

  • Jackelin

    I know what I’m doing this fall/winter!

  • Mar

    This is a great idea! I’m definitely doing this for lazy days or when time is limited!

  • Elizabeth A.

    Definitely shaking my workout routine up with this! So easy to get bored doing the same variety of things. I love pilates and yoga, but if I do them every day I lose interest – though that is my fitness routine of choice! Adding in something such as this in between (and the shortness is a sweet factor) will be a great addition, so thanks!

  • Christina Graci

    I love a good 30 minute work out. My new favorite workout tool is the resistance tube, so much toning and so simple. I also love a good spin class..great way to get the booty in shape and slim down :)


    Great idea! Changing your workout routine can be very motivating :)

  • EMMA

    Completely agree – 30 minute workouts is the way to go! I’ve been ‘vibbing’ here in London which just takes 25/30 mins:

    Emma xx

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  • Kate Noto

    I will try this because I want to start early on my summer body look. lol

  • Ashley

    This is very helpful! I really like the how you linked to posts about each exercise, because there are certainly a few moves I didn’t know how to do until today! Thanks for the tips! :)

  • Marifer Lozano

    I’m in exams and I’ve been cutting the time of my workouts and felt like I did nothing, but today I did this workout and felt great, plus the time saving was amazing.

    Thanks for the tip! Xx


    This is really great. It’s so important to make the time we have to exercise count!

    Hilary x


    This is really great. It’s so important to make the time we have to exercise count!

  • Sarah Arnold

    Treadmill speeds not rather slow??

  • Emma Fox

    Such a good post – all things fashion and beauty

    Emma :)

  • Madison B

    Hey Lauren! I am so happy right now because I just finished doing this routine! Let me tell you, I run on the treadmill every day to every other day for 30-40 minutes. I was getting a little bored with my same old routine, so I decided to do this one today. I loved it! And I love how this workout incorporates so many different parts of the body! And I am sweating!! Love it. Thank you so much!! <3

  • Ashley burke

    Great workout! Wow 7.0 on a treadmill is fast!! Sprinting is great for your butt though so that sounds good to me. 😉 Thank you! xoxo

  • Hailey G

    Gotta try this out!!

    Hailey from

  • Lena Ameri

    I love this and pinned it! I always have a hard time fitting in a workout before early work mornings, so I’ll be trying this tomorrow morning!

    Check out my article on how to stay motivated and consistent with working out:

  • Ranie sary

    love to try this, i usually did a simple ABS workout and squat challenge… i might combined those with the routines that i did

  • aJAY13

    Great workout ideas. Sometimes I’m pressed for time and all I have is 30 mins to exercise. Awesome post.

  • Lovely vixen

    Changed up my normal hour run routine to the one above, last night & let me tell ya… Ouch! But I love it! :) I’m SUPER sore right now & that being said, this workout is my new favorite. Not only did I cut the time in half but I can honestly say I feel like this 30mins workout made me sweat more than my regular routine!

  • Amyt314

    This was such a great change up to my regular work out. I usually just run 30-40 min anywhere from 6.0 to 6.5, but this shorter version was SO much harder. I felt like I really got more bang for my buck in only 30 min. This will definitely be added to my work out routine. LOVE IT!

  • jeannette

    this type of workout is good because it raises your heart rate then lowers it than raises it back up again…I think its called a HIIT workout… high intensity interval training.

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