Moms are some of the busiest people on the planet. Juggling work, kids, and a social life can be challenging, so finding time to fit in a workout can seem impossible. But don't worry – we've got you covered! This blog post will show you how to structure a 30-minute workout plan that fits even the busiest mom's schedule. So read on and get ready to sweat!
The key to getting a super-efficient session done in half an hour is to create a full-body workout that will leave you feeling accomplished but not exhausted and energized but also like you trained hard.
Maximize Time Efficiency
Setting up upper body movements with lower body exercises in your 30-minute workout plan is a great way to maximize time efficiency. By targeting multiple muscle groups at once, you can reduce the time spent on each exercise compared to movements where only one muscle is targeted. You can also reduce the amount of rest time needed between sets.
Not only does this help you fit more into your workout session, but it will also help to increase your metabolism and burn more calories. Furthermore, by engaging larger muscle groups, such as the legs and glutes, you can create a higher-intensity workout helping to burn fat faster.
Frequency and Progressive Overload for Optimal Results
According to recommendations, completing 12 sets every week per muscle group will bring excellent results in adding lean muscle, getting stronger, and aiding fat loss.
So, if we break that down into 3 workouts per week, that's 4 sets per workout for each muscle group. You might find that frequency too much on your first week if you last exercised a while ago. You can drop it down to 3 and then build it up gradually.
The same goes for the repetitions in each set. You'll see a repetition range rather than fixed reps in the plan. You can choose an appropriate starting point and progress weekly as you build muscle endurance and strength. This is what we call progressive overload. It will prompt your body to adapt to the new demand each week, and that's how you gradually become stronger.
How to Create Your 30-min Workout Plan
So, let's get down to business and see how you can build your workout. You'll likely be surprised if I said that you only need to perform 5 exercises to have a complete training session.
Well, that's precisely what I am saying. The simplest way to describe this process is to take one exercise from each movement group below and perform the reps and sets as detailed below. Rinse and repeat.
Exercise #1. Knee Dominant Squat Pattern
The first exercise you should include in your 30-minute workout plan is a knee-dominant squat pattern. This type of exercise works the muscles in your quads and core and helps to build strength and stability. For this exercise, you can do single or double-leg squats depending on your preference and level of fitness. Aim for 4 sets of 8 to 12 repetitions each.
Exercise examples: Bodyweight Squat, Goblet Squat, Zercher Squat, Front Squat, Back squat, Leg press, Machine Squat, Split Squat, Bulgarian Split Squat, Reverse Lunge, Walking Lunge, Side Lunge
Exercise #2. Upper Body Pull Pattern
The next movement is an upper-body pull pattern. This exercise will help you build strength and stability in your back, biceps, and shoulders. Exercises such as bent-over rows, inverted rows, or pull-ups are all good choices for this move. You can perform the single-arm variations here too. Make sure to choose one suitable for your fitness level. Aim for 4 sets of 8 to 12 repetitions each.
Exercise examples: Dumbbell Row, Cable Row, Machine Row, Barbell Row, Lat Pulldown variations, Pull-up, Chin-up, Assisted Pull-Up Machine
Exercise #3. Hip/Hamstring Dominant Pattern (Hinge)
A hip/hamstring dominant pattern will help strengthen the muscles in your hips, glutes, and hamstrings, essential for maintaining proper posture and alignment. You can perform these exercises on both legs or as single-leg exercises - choose one suitable for your fitness level. Aim for 4 sets of 10 to 15 repetitions each.
Exercise examples: Traditional Deadlift, Sumo Deadlift, Elevated Deadlift, Trap Bar Deadlift, Romanian Deadlift, Hip Thrust, Cable Pull-Through
Exercise #4. Upper Body Push
Another exercise to include in your 30-minute workout plan is an upper-body push. This exercise will help build strength and stability in the muscles of your chest, triceps, and shoulders. Again, you can perform the double or single-arm version – make sure to choose one suitable for your fitness level. Aim for 4 sets of 8 to 12 repetitions each.
Exercise examples: Bench Press, Dumbbell Bench Press, Machine Press, Push-up, Cable Chest Press, Dumbbell Shoulder Press, Machine Shoulder Press
Exercise #5. Core or Exercise of Your Choice to Fatigue
The final exercise in your plan can be a core strength exercise that's suitable to your current level of fitness and core strength or could include a movement of your choice, may that be so you can enjoy your workout or work on an area where you feel you need to work more. Aim for four sets of this move to fatigue – do as many reps or as long as possible until the muscles are tired, and then stop.
Core exercise examples: Deadbug Variations, Pallof Press, Cable Chops, Planks, Glute Bridge
30-Minute Workout Plan Template for Moms
So, you can choose one example from each pattern and combine it into a simple workout plan. Review every 4-6 weeks and adjust when needed based on your progress.
Check out the example plan we created below:
Bodyweight Squat - 4x 8-12
Dumbell Row - 4x8-12
Dumbbell Deadlift - 4x10-15
Dumbbell Chest Press - 4x8-12
Deadbug - 4 sets to fatigue
Split Squat - 4x 8-12 on each side
Lat Pulldown - 4x8-12
Single Leg Deadlift - 4x10-15 on each side
Dumbbell Shoulder Press - 4x8-12
Glute Bridge - 4 sets to fatigue
Side Lunge - 4x 8-12 each side
Single-Arm Cable Row - 4x8-12 on each side
Romanian Deadlift - 4x10-15
Push-up - 4x8-12
Plank Variations (1x on elbow, L side plank, 1x on hands, R side plank) - 4 sets to fatigue
Following a 30-minute workout plan can be an effective way to get fit and stay in shape while also managing your family and work commitments. Combining compound upper-body exercises with lower-body exercises allows you to target multiple muscle groups at once, reduce the amount of time spent working out, and maximize your fat-burning potential. Remember to keep track of your progress to see how far you have come! With consistent effort and dedication, achieving your fitness goals is within reach.