30 Minute Summer Butt Elliptical Challenge

If you are anything like me, your most productive time at the gym is the first 7 minutes on the elliptical. After that, it all goes down hill, especially if I’ve forgotten to bring my Us Weekly or my headphones. And since it is bikini season and I just so happen to have multiple beach vacations this summer, I decided it was time to get serious about my gym attendance. So on the days I go during lunch, I try and squeeze in 30 minutes of cardio, followed by a 10 minute arm workout (below).


I’ve found that unless I have a workout prepared for the day, I will just jump on the elliptical or treadmill and stare at the timer for 30 minutes. So I’ve been scouring the internet for good elliptical and treadmill HIIT workouts and found a few that looked interesting, combined and tweaked them into my new
30 Minute Summer Butt Elliptical Workout!

The colors designate which area of the legs & booty you’re workin. 

Blue = Glutes

Red = Hamstring & Glutes

Green = Calves, Hamstring & Glutes

Purple = Hamstring & Glutes


I am quite proud of this crazy HIIT challenge I put together and it is definitely harder than it looks. Plus it keeps you super busy and distracted since you are constantly changing the settings on the machine. I couldn’t even read a magazine during this workout but the time flew by!

After that, if I am still motivated, I love doing this quick 10 Minute Arm Workout by Fit Sugar.

{CLICK HERE for “Sexy Sculpted Arms”}

And just like that, you’ve crammed in a meaningful 40 minute workout! 

Now it’s your turn! Fill me in on how you keep your workouts fun and challenging? I need variety!

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  1. Bekah @ re·solve
    June 26, 2013 / 1:16 pm

    I will admit I'm better at strength and flexibility than any cardio, so I set the treadmill or elliptical for any interval mode and go for 15 ish min before moving on to weights and then the bike to finish up. On yoga days, my rule is I have to do something, anything else, before I go to class which is usually a short cardio time since I'm coming from work.

  2. Erin @ Sugar Magnolia
    June 26, 2013 / 1:29 pm

    Saving this workout! Thanks girl (:

  3. Ashley {Whole Foods New Body}
    June 26, 2013 / 1:41 pm

    Thank you! What a great workout! I am trying the arm workout today!!

  4. Jennifer P.
    June 26, 2013 / 1:46 pm

    Seriously, whose hair looks like that at the gym!?

  5. DeAnna Stephens
    June 26, 2013 / 2:14 pm

    Where do you work out during lunch?

    June 26, 2013 / 3:16 pm

    This is a great way to make the time go by on the cardio machines!! Need to check out this arm workout… that's where I always miss out on I feel like!

  7. Tori G
    June 26, 2013 / 4:01 pm

    This is awesome! Get it gurl!

  8. Brianne Bracco
    June 26, 2013 / 10:36 pm

    This is perfect!!! It's the sculpting that I am having the hardest time with and now I can do that while I get my cardio in!

  9. Caitlin
    June 27, 2013 / 12:51 pm

    This looks like a great work out! I will have to try!I've always thought about going to the gym on my lunch hour, but how do you make it work with sweating and all?

  10. Jess
    June 27, 2013 / 1:56 pm

    I love Hal Higdons running programs and schedules. I hang them up on the fridge and cross the workout off when I'm done. Also summer is a great time for bunch of fun races that you can sign up for And do with a bunch of girlfriends

  11. Jacque Pinol
    June 27, 2013 / 5:20 pm

    My butt hurts just reading that!!! (now if it would only work just reading it) 🙂 mamaplusmini.blogspot.com

  12. Lisa
    June 28, 2013 / 2:29 am

    Thanks for sharing this! I have an elliptical at home, and like you said I will get bored within 10 minutes. I will definitely have to try this out 🙂

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