Hellooooo! How was your holiday weekend? Mine was absolutely fabulous, but like with every holiday, I may have eaten a bit too much. I’m not complaining AT ALL, but it’s always good to hop back on the workout train after a weekend full of good eats. I figured what better way to do that than by sharing the workout I did yesterday.
If I had to choose one type of exercise to do for the rest of my life it would probably be HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts…. or power walking. Yeah, I love power walks that much BUT we’ll save that for another day. So, what’s so great about HIIT anyway?
HIIT is great because it [usually] works your whole body in a short amount of time and it’s a way to incorporate strength AND cardio into one fast-paced workout. According to this article, HIIT workouts help you lose fat, increase metabolism and make you work! We tend to get comfortable with our treadmill workout or our daily 3 mile jog that we sometimes forget to push ourselves out of our comfort zones. What was once challenging may not be challenging anymore. HIIT workouts are a great way to get out of a workout rut and get your heart pumping in a short amount of time.
HIIT can be done at home or at the gym and can combine several of your favorite (or least favorite!) exercises. For this specific workout, I did 10 reps of each exercise and then completed the circuit 10 times. Be sure to rest as needed!!
Bear Crawl Burpees: Crawl out on your hands and knees and then crawl back and jump into a burpee. This exercise really works your leg and ab muscles, so don’t feel bad if you need to rest in between.
Push Up Plank Toe Touch: Like a regular plank toe touch but with a push up in between. Start in a full plank position and then go down in a push up. After the push up, bring your left foot up by your left hand, being sure to keep your abs tight. Repeat on the right side before going into the next push up.
Split Jumps: Start in a forward lunge position and quickly switch your back leg and front leg. Use your legs as momentum and your abs to help you balance.
Low Jack Squats: Similar to jumping jacks but with a full squat in between. Do one low jack (jumping jack minus the arms) and then bring your legs back together. The next movement will be a wide-legged squat (pictured) and then bring your legs back together.
Tricep Dips: If you have a chair or bar nearby, then I’d recommend using that. If not, you can do these on the floor. Make sure your legs are straight and your body forms a diagonal line; bend your arms so that your elbows are behind you. You should feel this in your triceps (hint the name triceps dips) 😉
Tuck Jumps: Start in standing position with your arms bend in front of you, palms facing down. Jump with both legs, making sure your knees hit the palm of your hands. That way, you can be sure you’re jumping high enough.
Q: Do you ever get in a workout rut? What do you do to get out of it?