I think it’s awesome that at the beginning of the year lots of people are making health and fitness resolutions and joining gyms. I do not think it is so awesome to have to attend said gyms that are overcrowded with newbies. I really, really wanted to work out on Monday night, but I couldn’t bring myself to go to a packed sweatbox. I knew I wanted to get some cardio in, but with the temperatures in the single digits and negative teens, an outdoor run was just not going to happen. I could’ve done an Insanity DVD or a yoga video, but I just wanted to mix it up a bit. Okay fine, I just wanted to workout quickly and be done with it, and I didn’t have the patience for a 30-60 minute video. Enter this circuit…
I wore my heart rate monitor during this quick workout, and I got my heart beating at a maximum of 165 bpm with an average heart rate of 142 bpm. I’ll take it! Also, I timed the circuit and it literally took me only 6 minutes (give or take a few seconds) to complete! I was sweaty and tired when I was done and felt better about getting some movement in, winning all around! Plus, no equipment is necessary besides a watch. I actually used my iPhone timer. What did we do before the existence of smartphones?!
If you’re looking for a longer workout, you could increase the 20 sec cardio bursts (high knees and butt kicks) to a minute each and add in planks between each 3-2-1 set. Repeating the circuit is always a good option too.
Are you braving the new year’s resolution gym crowds?
Favorite type of crunch? I like bicycle crunches.
Favorite at-home workout? I’d say yoga or doing Wii Just Dance…yes, it counts.