Inspired To Be Fit

15-Minute Circuit Workout – Back To Basics

Welcome to Inspired To Be Fit, a personal fitness community where you can share your fitness dreams, goals and inspiration. We would love for you to join us and add a link to your own fitness blog post! It’s a great way to make new friends from around the world and gain some motivation to live your best life.


Think of Jill and Jen as your virtual personal trainers!


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ITBF is not only a fun way to share your posts and make new friends! It’s also a resource for at least 8 kickbutt workouts a month! Wait there’s more, you’re also getting a fitness education component. Not sure if you are performing you squat correctly? Curious how to progress a specific exercise? Unsure of how many reps to do to build muscle? ITBF is your go-to resource. As certified personal trainers, Jen and Jill provide a challenging and effective workout each week, along with tools, tips, tricks and resources to help you make the most of your workout program. Each month will focus on a different aspect of fitness, which will be the theme of the month.


Week 1: Learn & Burn: Fitness professionals providing education (LEARN) on a specific fitness topic and the first of 4 workouts (BURN) of the month.
Week 2: Another brand new, custom workout!
Week 3: Taking your workouts to the next level: As you get stronger (yes, you will get stronger) you’re going to want to progress and modify your workouts to continue to see progress and get the most out of How can you progress and modify as you get stronger to get the most out of each movement and workout. Plus, the third workout will be delivered.
Week 4: FREE WEEK and the fourth workout.


Every Monday share your ALL-THINGS-FITNESS related posts, including inspiration, motivation and workouts. All you will need is your post’s URL and InLinkz will do the rest. The link-up will stay open from Monday to Saturday! As a bonus, Jen and I challenge YOU to complete BOTH of our workouts during the week. Before, during or after the workout, snap a photo, share it on Instagram, tagging @jillconyers and @burpeesforbreakfast us and using hashtag #itbf!

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Learn & Burn: Back To The Basics

Fitness doesn’t have to be complicated, expensive or done in a gym.

Fitness fads from Zumba to aerial fitness come and go, but push-ups and squats never go out of style. The same goes for planks, lunges and deadlifts. These exercises work for any fitness level, require little more than a pair of dumbbells (optional), they can be done pretty much anywhere and, when done correctly, they’re effective.

Form is everything

Back to Basics look at performing the squat, plank and push-up with a focus on form:

Get back to basics with fitness. These exercises work for any fitness level, require little more than a pair of dumbbells (optional), they can be done pretty much anywhere and, when done correctly, they’re effective. FREE workout included.

  1. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, toes pointing straight ahead, and knees over second and third toes.
  2. Can be done as a body weight exercise or with dumbbells held at arms length down by your sides.
  3. Slowly begin to lower your body by bending your knees and flexing your hips while keeping feet straight and knees forward.
  4. Keep the chest up and put pressure through the heels.
  5. Lower to the depth that can be safely controlled while maintaining ideal posture.
  6. To rise back up, contract the glutes and place pressure through the heels as the knees and hips extend.
  7. Stand up straight until hips and legs are fully extended.

Get back to basics with fitness. These exercises work for any fitness level, require little more than a pair of dumbbells (optional), they can be done pretty much anywhere and, when done correctly, they’re effective. FREE workout included.

  1. Lie facedown on the floor with feet together and hands on the floor with arms straight. Your shoulders and hands should be in alignment.
  2. Form a straight line with your body from you head to your toes.
  3. Hold for desired length of time keeping your chin tucked and back flat.

Get back to basics with fitness. These exercises work for any fitness level, require little more than a pair of dumbbells (optional), they can be done pretty much anywhere and, when done correctly, they’re effective. FREE workout included.

  1. Being in a plank position.
  2. Draw your belly button in and squeeze your glutes. Hands should be aligned with your chest.
  3. Keeping your pelvis in a neutral position and your back flat, slowly lower your body toward the ground, by bending your elbows.
  4. Push back up to starting position, by extending your elbows and squeezing your chest. Do not allow your head to jut forward.

Now that you’ve got the form down, try the Back To Basics workout. Focus on form and constantly remind yourself (even say it out loud) to brace your core.

Get back to basics with fitness. These exercises work for any fitness level, require little more than a pair of dumbbells (optional), they can be done pretty much anywhere and, when done correctly, they’re effective. FREE workout download included.

Download to print 15-Minute Circuit Workout: Back To Basics

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When choosing weights, each exercise should challenge your muscles enough that you struggled toward the end, but you’re able to complete the prescribed number of reps. If any exercise is too hard, use a lighter weight, choose an easier variation of the move or increase the rest time. If an exercise feels too easy, use a heavier weight, choose a harder variation or decrease the rest time.


  • Keep your core tight
  • Shoulders blades down and back
  • Don’t skip the warm-up or stretching.
  • Use proper body alignment and good form.
  • Reps and rest periods should be based on your fitness level.
  • Modify as needed to meet your fitness level by increasing/decreasing reps, weight and sets.
  • Gradually increase intensity based on your progress.

I am a certified personal trainer, but this workout was not created for your specific fitness level and needs. Make modifications as needed. Intensity and rest periods should be based on your individual fitness level. See your physician before beginning any exercise program. This web site is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice and supervision of your personal physician. Any application of this or any other exercise routine set forth in this program is at the viewer’s discretion and sole risk.

Squat with Bicep Curl (1) Holding dumbbells in both hands, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. (2) Bend your knees and lower your hips back into a deep squat until your thighs are parallel to the floor. (3) Hold the squat position and perform a bicep curl. (4) Push through your heels and squeeze your glutes returning to start position. Targets: glutes, quads, hamstrings, biceps

Walking Lunge (1) Start with your right leg a strides length in front of the left. (2) Bend both knees, and lower your body so that our left knee is a few inches from the ground (or as low as comfortably possible) and the right thigh is parallel to the floor. (3) Hold this position for a beat, then exhale and raise up and bring your back foot forward (like you’re walking) a step with every rep. Alternate the leg you step forward with each time. (4) Complete the prescribed number of repetitions, alternating legs. Targets: quads, glutes, hamstrings, calves

Pushup (1) Lie face down with your legs straight out in behind you and your feet together. (2) Bend your elbows and place your palms on the floor put to the sides of your chest. Position your palms so they are directly under your elbows. When your arms are bent they should form a 90 degree angle. (3) Your neck should be straight and your eyes focused on the floor in front of you. (4) Keep your abs tight. (5) Straighten your arms so that your body is hovering over the floor, balancing on your palms and the balls of your feet. (6) Bend  your elbows and lower your entire body until your upper arms are parallel with the floor. (7) Exhaling, push back up to the starting position. Targets: chest, shoulders, triceps, abs

Deadlift (1) Stand with your feet slightly narrower than shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent. (2) Hold a dumbbell in each hand with our palms facing your legs in front of your body about shoulder-width apart. Keep your back straight, core tight and shoulders pulled back. (3) Keeping your eyes focused forward; slowly bend your torso forward lowering the dumbbells toward the floor. Keep your knees slightly bent and your back straight throughout the entire movement. Lower the dumbbells, while keeping them close to your body, until your torso is almost parallel to the ground. Don’t round your shoulders. (4) From this position, focus almost entirely on your hamstrings, and exhale while slowly lifting your body and the weights back to the starting position. Repeat. Targets: glutes, hamstrings, lower back

Do you stick with the fitness trends? Do you ever go back to basics with your workouts?

If you have any questions about the workout, exercise form or the link-up shoot me an email at, leave a comment or use the Contact tab in the menu bar above.

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  2. My eating habits have changed now its time to work out. You inspired me to do more.

  3. I will have to keep this linky in mind for when I’m ready to get a little more serious with my fitness plan. I know I will have questions about how to use kettlebells more efficiently.

  4. CourtneyLynne says:

    Ahhhhhh I so need to get back on my health grind! This workout looks like a total goodie!’n

  5. This is so great! What an exciting link up and kick butt team! Looking forward to the new link up!

  6. you and Jen rock! im so pumped you are coming out with this, i think it will be a great success. the photos look awesome, and are easy to follow. Definitely going to come back for more and join the pinterest group 🙂

  7. I always love your workouts and love the back to the basics photos! All great exercises and so important to have good form with each.

  8. I love that you break it down into smaller bits so the short workout is maximized! I also love the tips you list there too… now to find my motivation. 🙂

  9. Yay! So excited for this new project. I definitely need a boost in the area of fitness. I have been doing a lot of barre workouts, since I work at the Bar Method, but I find myself missing the basics every once in a while!

  10. I love the idea of this (and you’re offering some wonderful education). I need to link up one week.

  11. Wow! This is an amazing workout post. Looks like you put your heart and soul into this. I love the diagrams and pcs showing how to do the moves.

  12. I’m a total basics girl, with some complex moves mixed in. I earned my B.Sc. in Kinesiology 16 years ago so I’m pretty old school with my fitness choices. Great workout!

  13. Thanks for the form tips! And I love the simple routine – I need to do something, anything to cross train and I need to start small.

  14. Okay, I need to try this! I’ve totally neglected working out since before Christmas and my body is not thanking me for it!

  15. What an awesome link up! I think I could pull off 15 min, I’m going to have to try it.

  16. This is great for someone who needs a kick in the butt! Love the virtual personal trainer idea.

  17. This are great tips to start a workout. And the pics that you give to show form I helpful for someone who may not hold the correct pose and could hurt themselves.

  18. This is an incredibly useful post! I love that you’re virtual personal trainers, and fostering this community is going to help so many people who are looking to improve their fitness!

  19. These are great tips! So helpful – thank you so much for posting. Happy New Year to you and your family!

  20. I need to try your workouts right away! Great instruction on the basic exercises. I have newbies in my classes that know none of this!

  21. This is so awesome!! I can’t wait to start! Love your workouts!

  22. Wow what a great way to explain the basics. It’s something I always try to make sure I have, proper form when working out.

  23. You are such an inspiration I wish I could be as fitness minded as you. What exercises do you recommend for people with back and joint issues?

  24. I need to join I just spoke to the hubs today about needing a personal trainer because me alone won’t cut it. I need motivation and a link up will do just that.

  25. I have such a hard time committing to long workouts. I think I can do 15 minutes!

  26. What a great easy to follow workout! Love all the instructions you provide and the print out. Definitely plan on trying this. What would you suggest for a warmup? (Too cold here in Chicago to go outside…)

  27. Great pictures to go along with your workout explanations! I love going back to basics when I start to get bored. I also love going back to my tried and true Jillian Michaels workout DVDs 🙂

  28. Very informative post. Fitness posts are so inspiring and motivating. Now is the best time to get back on track!

  29. My favorite part about this is that you’re explaining to people why they are doing different exercises and what they should target…looks like an awesome program!

  30. Love this! Another great work out. You can never go wrong with the basics

  31. Oh, I will be linking up! Time to get back to training and working out. I like this 15 minute circuit. I will be trying it tonight 🙂

  32. Love this. Love basic exercises. People forget how effective they are.

  33. What a cool linkup! Unfortunately, I’m a yo-yo exerciser and have yet to acquire the mental discipline to be otherwise.

    I admire your dedication!

  34. I pretty much stick to the basics – they are tried and true and challenging enough!

  35. I go back to teaching tomorrow, with an extra class on my load, so it will definitely be a fitness filled quarter. Here’s to exercise and health!!

  36. I wish I had read this earlier today! My class got canceled and I would have loved a quickie exercise routine to make up for it!

    You always have such great pointers!

  37. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    I have done nothing but pig out for the past two weeks, so I totally need to get back on track! I will 🙂

  38. So excited to link up next week once I have content to add after some time off for the holidays. I love the progression of this you have planned out! I’m always a basics person – squats and pushups are so simple and so effective!

  39. Love this! Going to share with a friend who is looking to get a kick start on fitness in 2016!

  40. This is great, Jill. I’ll definitely have to link up next week. I look forward to learning all about tips and new workouts!

  41. I think I can do this routine when I can’t go out to walk. I think this is a fun linkup.

  42. Wooo! Learn and Burn! So excited we finally launched! This workout looks great, Jill! Even with only a few moves, I know it will be tough! Your demo of each move is great as well!

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