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The 20 Min Shredder: 4 Day Fat Loss Workout Program

Short on time but still want to look absolutely shredded? The 20 Min Shredder uses circuits and barbell complexes to get you in and out of the gym fast!

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Workout Description

Want to burn some serious fat, but don’t have a whole lot of time in your day? Circuits and barbell complexes are the perfect way to get a lot of training in and in a short amount of time. I’m talking 20 mins or less.

But you’re going to have to be dedicated and you’re going to have to push your limits a bit. These workouts are tougher than your general 3×10 sets. But, if you can put forth the effort consistently, you’ll see great results.

The 20 Min Shredder Workout

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Below you’ll find the 4 workouts of the 20 Min Shredder program.

They are designed to be completed in a circuit fashion with no rest in between exercises and minimal rest in between circuits. Rest days or active recovery days should be taken on Wednesdays and on weekends. More specific notes about the program can be found a little further down within the article.

Day 1: Upper Body Circuit

ExerciseSetsTime Duration
Pull Up31.5 min
Push Up31.5 min
Dumbbell Row31.5 min
Dumbbell Military Press31.5 min

Day 2: Lower Body

ExerciseSetsTime Duration
Dumbbell Stiff Legged Deadlifts31.5 min
Dumbbell Goblet Squat31.5 min
Bodyweight Lunges31.5 min
Bodyweight Lateral Lunges31.5 min

Day 3: Upper Body – Power Rack Complex

ExerciseSetsTime Duration
Bent Over Barbell Row31.5 min
Bench Press31.5 min
Inverted Row31.5 min
Overhead Press31.5 min

Note: This will be one of the more challenging set up days and for some may require locking up multiple barbells (aka you’ll be everyone else’s least favorite person). If you cannot manage to get all the equipment for this complex, performing the day one circuit is a good and viable option.

The tempo is supposed to be fast. Choose weights you can perform safely and under control for all of the exercises.

Day 4: Lower Body – Power Rack Complex

ExerciseSetsTime Duration
Deadlift31.5 min
Barbell Squat31.5 min
Barbell Lunge31.5 min
Stiff Legged Deadlift31.5 min

Note: This will be one of the more challenging set up days and for some may require locking up multiple barbells (aka you’ll be everyone else’s least favorite person). If you cannot manage to get all the equipment for this complex, performing the day two circuit is a good and viable option.

The tempo is supposed to be fast. Choose weights you can perform safely and under control for all of the exercises.

20 Min Shredder Workout Notes

This program is meant to be done at a fast pace, but not recklessly. When selecting weight to use, be cautious about going heavy.

You want to be able to perform each exercise with a challenging weight and explosively, but you also want to make sure you go slow enough to truly control the weight. It’s about quality reps and also maximizing quantity.

Rest periods should be taken at your own pace. Ideally you want to get through a whole circuit or complex prior to taking 30-60secs of rest, but everyone is different. Know your current capabilities and perform accordingly to them while trying to continuously improve over time.

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Day 3 and 4 are tricky as they require you to use a lot of equipment. If you work out in a crowded space or don’t feel comfortable taking up that much equipment, performing days 1 and 2 twice a week is a great option that will still give you great results.

This program is perfect for those who need to cram a lot of work into a short amount of time. It is designed for those who work a 9-5 with a family at home who want to stay healthy by squeezing in a quick workout during their lunch break.

If you have more time, you may be better served by a workout that allows for longer rest periods so you can lift heavier weight and burn more calories during your workout. If you don’t, this is a great way to get rid of that time commitment excuse.

It can be done for as long as 12 weeks before taking a week to deload and reassess your goals.

Quick Note on Nutrition and Habits

Working out is only a small part of the fat loss game. To maximize fat loss you’ve got to get your diet in check.

Learn your daily calorie needs here with our TDEE calculator.

Myfitnesspal is a great tool to log your daily calorie consumption. Track your results and make modifications as you see fit.

Proper sleep and de-stressing are also very important parts of the fat loss game. Aim to get 7-9 quality hours of sleep each night and take 5-10 minutes to meditate and get your mind right each day.

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Additional cardio outside of the gym doesn’t hurt in creating that calorie deficit mention above. It doesn’t have to be done inside by yourself either. If you have a family, try to find ways to incorporate healthy activity into your off days.

Family hikes and/or pool trips are great places to start. It’s a two in one. You get to spend time with your family and burn some extra calories at the same time.

Wrapping Up

The 20 Min Shredder is a great program for those looking to lose fat and are limited in the amount of time they can spend in the gym.

It is centered around circuits and barbell complexes to get more work done in less time.

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