5 Cardio Workouts That Will Make You Feel The Burn in Under 20 Minutes

*this post is sponsored by fabletics. all thoughts and opinions are my own*

That’s a longggg title, don’t you agree? I don’t know if I’ve had a title that long. But that’s not why you clicked on that post, is it? Not only do I write about fashion, beauty, and fitness but I can also read yo’ mind. I’m getting off-topic. CARDIO. One workout that I’m not a huge fan of. But, some workouts aren’t supposed to be all unicorns and rainbows. Because I’m not a fan of cardio, I aim for those workouts to be less than 20 minutes which means: I’ve got a handful of workouts that are so quick you won’t even realize you’re doing cardio. Plus, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll wake up sore tomorrow (admit it, you all love that feeling).

There are a few Youtubers who are always my go to for workouts. Casey/owner of Blogilates is one of my favorites. She has such a huge collection of workouts, it’s so easy to find one. Casey is also SO upbeat and always wears the cutest workout clothes! This workout is eight minutes and great for a second workout (maybe add onto an ab/leg/arm workout) and this one is perfect just by itself. And if you want cute workout gear, this set is my new favorite from Fabletics! So perfect for Spring.

This workout is great for beginners or those who like an easier cardio workout.

If you want something really fun, this cardio dance is the ultimate “is this really a workout?” workout. You might feel kind of stupid weird doing them, but trust me I had fun in the privacy of my home, ahah. And you might think you won’t feel the burn, but you definitely will (I was sweating all over) If you search cardio dance workout on Youtube, a ton of dance workouts come out and I’m absolutely obsessed. I seriously love them all! This is another quick favorite.

My personal favorite cardio workout is this one from XHIT. I felt the burn the first week I did it, but it slowly went away once I got used to the rigorous exercises. I prefer to watch Friends while doing this one to keep my pre-occupied (otherwise I start to slack, oops!).

If you want to really feel the burn, this workout is for you. I’m not kidding you, it’s hard. I barely made it through when I did it last week.


  • Cynthia @craftoflaughter

    Oh I am always on the lookout for 30 minute and less cardio workouts so this is for me. The cardio dance routine will be the first for me to try, it looks fun even if it is rigorous!

  • Melanie Frost

    I hate to exercise, but I love to dance. I admit I definitely need to get off my butt and do this more. I’m going to have to check out this workout program!

  • Kim

    I love a workout that I can get my heart rate jumping without a ton of time. It’s a great workout when you have young kids and need to get something in! Pinning this!

  • Theresa

    I could really use some of these workouts! Thanks for the tips. I can’t wait to try these out!

  • Tabitha Shakespeare

    These all seem really great! I’m all for a quick workout! This momma don’t have time for that hour long stuff!

  • Tereza

    I’m loving the fitness post on your blog! They are right up my street! I usually do BBG to get the burn on real quick – I mean I do 5 burpees and I’ve sweated through everything I have on haha x

  • Anna nuttall

    I really need to step up my cardio game. I tend to do a lot of strength training. xx

  • Lynn

    I love learning about quick, new workouts! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jean

    These are some great cardio workouts! I left the gym after not going enough and have the plan to do more at home exercise. You’ve inspired me to get started!

  • Chel

    I recently tried Zumba for the first time and was totally embarrassed by my lack of rhythm and coordination! Ha ha! Having said that, I was sweaty and out of breath in no time and it was actually fun. I didn’t feel like I was working out.

  • Jeanine

    Yes! I need this. 29 mins and I’m good. Sounds like it would be awesome for me to get me back into the work out groove!

  • Nikki Arnold

    I love a workout that I can do in less than 30 minutes. I don’t get the time to go to the gym, so I do all my workouts at home.

  • Kristin

    I’m taking a break from running today and could totally use a quick cardio burst! Thanks for sharing!

  • Amber Nelson

    I love, quick workouts. It seems like I don’t have any time for workouts. A quick workout would make me a little more motivated.

  • adriana

    Such an awesome workout! I need to try it – I love trying new workouts!

  • CourtneyLynne

    Oooo now these are some workouts I need to try!!! I usually only have 30min so a 20 min workout that I will feel the burn after sounds incredible

  • Stephanie Lee

    These sound great. I love a quick and efficient cardio routine!