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Upper Body HIIT Workout

2 Jan

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this workout a week or so ago.

Once a week, my brother and I are doing a high intensity interval workout that also incorporates strength. We are currently following a strength training program, but I will talk about that in another post!

This workout focuses on upper body muscle groups, but you will definitely still feel it in your legs during the cardio portions.

Directions:

Perform the first set of 3 exercises 2-3 times through. For each exercises, time yourself for 1 minute and count your reps. In between each exercises take a 45-60 minute break. Once you’re done with the first batch, move onto the second. Your break will be however long it takes you to set up for the second set of exercises – just don’t take too long 😉

My brother and I did each set of exercises 2 times through, and it took a total of 21 minutes. We were huffing and puffing by the end. It’s a short workout, but intense! For a longer workout, just add sets.

The reason you will count your reps is so that the next time you do this workout you can compare your numbers.

One last thing, make sure you focus on form. Yes, you’re trying to get as many reps as possible in 1 minute, but only with good form. For example, I went way slower on squat to curl than I did on barbell rows, because I wanted to get in good squats. Don’t sacrifice form for numbers.

Exercises:

Here are some YouTube links to show you how to do some of the exercises with proper form:

Tricep Pushups

Barbell Bentover Row

Box Jumps

Let me know if you try this workout or have any questions!

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Get Strong At The Track!

26 Sep

Here’s a Thursday track challenge for you. It’s fall…it’s perfect weather…it’s a great time to be outside! Which is why this workout is at the track and includes some strength as well. No equipment needed – just you and the track.

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A full body workout, and if you do it 4 times through you will complete a mile. Let me know if you try this workout!

Do you workout at your local track? What kind of workouts do you like to do there?

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Crush It At The Gym Today

10 Sep

How? With this workout I created for you!

Print it out and take it with you to the gym if you want to try something different. It’s strength and cardio, and sure to leave you in a puddle of sweat. Make sure you have good form throughout the workout, and you can take breaks when you need to in order to ensure proper form. Here’s the first printable workout I created if you want to try that out first.

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Count your reps, and then next time you can see if you have improved! Here are some descriptions for each exercise:

Bosu squat jump: This is tricky to explain but here’s a link with a very detailed explanation and pics!

Push-up with shoulder tap: Do a pushup, once in the up position tap one shoulder with opposite arm, then vice versa, then drop back down into a pushup.

Hip raise on bench: Put your feet on a standard bench, butt close to the bench. Using your heels, lift up your hips and squeeze your glutes. Come back down and repeat.

Curl-to-shoulder press: Standard bicep curl, then up into a shoulder press. Keep arms in line with your ears.

Toe touches: Lie on your back with feet straight up in the air. Crunch up and touch your hands to your feet, or as close as you can get.

*Let me know if you decide to do this workout! Good luck 😉

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Wednesday Workout Challenge

21 Aug

Looking for an at-home workout to do? Here’s one I created that is heavy on the cardio but still includes some strength moves. Below the image I will try to write descriptions of certain moves.

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Lunge/Split Jumps: Step back as if going into a reverse lunge, go as low as you can, then jump up and switch legs (opposite leg now lunges back).

Skaters: Hop to the side and cross one leg behind you, then hop to the other side and cross your opposite leg behind you.

Plank Jacks: Get into plank position, and start hopping legs in and out like jumping jacks.

180 Degree Jumps: Squat, then jump and turn around simultaneously so when you land you are facing the opposite direction.

Switch kicks: I always feel like a karate master doing these. Kick one foot up as high as you can, then as you lower, jump and kick the other foot up. Do it as fast as you can.

Toe Touches: Lie on your back, legs as straight as you can, crunch up and try to touch your toes.

If my explanations aren’t good enough (I’d be a horrible teacher), just YouTube it for a visual!

Let me know if you decide to try this workout 🙂

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Thursday Workout Challenge

18 Jul

Up for a challenge? Or want to escape the outdoor heat and just work out in your living room? Here is a workout for you!

Once you warm up for 5-10 minutes, complete 5 rounds of these exercises for time. Simply go down the list and then start over. If you need a break, feel free to take a break. At the end, write down your time so that the next time you do it you can compare and see your improvements.

You can add on cardio to the beginning or end of this workout too if you’re feeling up to it 😉

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How have you been beating the heat? Let me know if you try this workout!

Cardio + Strength Workouts

25 Jun

For the past three weeks, I have been challenging myself with cardio/strength workouts in place of running. I needed a break from running before starting marathon training next week.

I got inspiration from my friend Courtney, who does small group training every week. I have gone a few times and those workouts are hardcore!

I made three different workouts that I would do for three weeks, and track my progress. I did 2-3 sets of each exercise for 1 minute and counted how many reps I could do with good form. It was a total body workout with cardio worked in to really get my heart rate soaring.

Here’s an example of the workout I did on Mondays, and finished up yesterday. Only two more workouts to go this week then it’s back to running! As you can see, I did progress! Though other workouts have more progress, but I will post a wrap-up at the end of the week.

I also increased my weight for this past week which is why some numbers are a bit lower, but they are still close to my beginning numbers! After each workout, I was literally dripping in sweat. Loved it! Sad I will have to cut back on these once training starts.

Here is week 1 and week 2:

 

And here are yesterday’s results (week 3):

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I want to do a workout video with one of these workouts because those reverse lunge jumps are killer, along with other moves I’ve done as well!

Have you ever done HIIT/crossfit/cardio&strength type workouts? Do you like that or lifting heavy better?

 

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Cardio Blast Workout!

7 Jun

I did this workout on Wednesday and it is killer! Yes, there are some upper body moves involved in my “strong legs” workout, but trust me, you will really feel the burn in your legs.

Usually, I do non-equipment workouts, but I figured I’d change it up and include one you can do at the gym. If you don’t have a pull-up machine, you can use the lat pull-down machine.

I threw in a few upper body moves to make sure you also hit those major muscle groups (back) and keep your heart rate up while giving your legs a short break.

Final words: burpees = killer

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Let me know if you try this out and what your thoughts are!

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