1-dumbbell total body workout (with full video)

Hi friends! How are ya? Hope you’re having a wonderful morning. I’m hopping on some calls today, recording a podcast episode, and finishing up this week’s meal prep. I finally decided to get back on the meal prep train, and while it’s been super simple (sweet potatoes, roasted veggies, baked chicken, and this oatmeal bake), I think it’s going to make a huge difference.

For today’s post, how about a workout?

Have you even had those days where you can only find 1 dumbbell?

This is the story of my life. When Betsy visited, she got a kick out of the contents of my car’s trunk: two kettlebells, a handful of dumbbells, and two yoga mats. A girl’s gotta be prepared for workout photo sessions. I’m notorious for having dumbbells stashed in random places, and sometimes I can only find one of a certain weight. This is for those days, or when you want to switch things up by challenging your body unilaterally.

When we work both sides of the body at the same time, we’re relying on the stronger of the two limbs to carry us through the exercise. An easy way to make an exercise more challenging is to perform all reps on one side before switching to the opposite side.

This is a fun workout I put together with challenging compound movements that will strengthen your entire body and get your heart rate up in just 16 minutes.

My friend Katie provides low-impact modifications, and as always, honor your body and modify as needed. Talk with a doctor before making any fitness changes.

For more workouts, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel!

Here’s what the workout looks like:


Hope you love it. 🙂

Have an amazing day and I’ll see ya in the morning!



For a longer workout, combine it with this HIIT and strength video, this barre strength workout, or this ab burner. 

Video: Grant Hunker

Workout partner-in-crime: Katie Surridge

Studio: Animas Tucson

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  1. Stephanie S. on November 30, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Yay, thank you so much for another full-length video!! My faves!! I love following along. I’m going to save this one for a little while (I’m 38 weeks pregnant right now and slowing down these days!) but can’t wait to try this out later on!

    • Fitnessista on November 30, 2018 at 10:46 am

      ahhh i’m so excited for you!! <3

      • Stephanie S. on February 7, 2019 at 2:53 pm

        Finally got to do this workout! It was tough for just 16 minutes! When you said “that was one round” I was like, oh no! Haha, great workout – thank you!!

        • Fitnessista on February 8, 2019 at 11:07 am

          haha! YES. so happy you liked it!

  2. Jilly on April 15, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    Loved this workout. Changing up with all the current restrictions. Your workouts are great and just the right length for me as have 4 and 2 year old. Thanks Gina

    • Fitnessista on April 16, 2020 at 10:01 pm

      so happy to hear you liked it <3

  3. valerie on January 15, 2021 at 5:39 am

    I love this work out and do it a good bit. It is perfect for a beginner like me and it is not too intense.

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