I have 30 minutes at the gym, what do I do?

April 24, 2015

I like to think of myself as a keen enough fitness junkie. I get such a kick out of working out with friends and at group sessions.

But put me in a gym on my own and I struggle. I look at the built guys with their arms so muscular they can barely fold them, and people doing chin ups or wall stands, and I get intimidated.

Lately I have tried to remember some of the drills I see on different workout videos, or circuits I have completed at the conditioning part of a boxing session. However I could always benefit from more structure.

Thankfully, Ian is here to show us what to do with a thirty minute window at the gym

I am hoping to have a Personal trainer feature on the blog every month with advice for us all. As I say in my profile, I am not an expert, therefore I am as keen as the rest of you to learn all I can.

For those of you who like to get to the gym and do a little lifting, Ian Young from last week’s expert of the month Q&A and I managed this drill in thirty minutes, perfect for when you want to fit in an all over body workout but not spend all day walking about the machines aimlessly!! A run through of the each exercise is in the video above. An explanation of the sets and amount of each exercise to perform is in the list below.

 *Please take care performing each exercise and ask a member of staff at your gym to help with weights and working to your level of strength and ability. No two people are the same when it comes to working out*

30 minute gym workout

– Goblet squat 3 sets of 15

-Back squat 3 sets of 10

– Kettlebell thrusters 2 sets of 10

-Super set with banded deadliest 2 sets of 20

-Tricep push down 3 sets of 15

– Front to side lateral raises 3 sets of 10

-Incline bench press 3 sets of 8-12

-Reverse grip pull down 3 sets 12-15

-Bar bell curl 3 sets of 15

-Medicine ball slams x15

-Bicycles x30

-Elevated mountain climbers x30

(Rest 30 seconds after performing the last three exercises. Repeat 3 more times.)



If you are a personal trainer or fitness guru of any kind and you think you would be perfect for the role of “Expert of the month” please contact me here. I would LOVE to hear from you and learn from you.


  • Reply Sooz Harrison April 25, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Love this! Really useful especially for time pushed mamas. I’ll definitely be using this

    • Reply Aly April 26, 2015 at 7:10 am

      That’s fab! Enjoy x

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