6 Minute 3-2-1 Circuit Workout

by Her Happy Balance on January 8, 2014

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…

6 minute 3-2-1 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.

Thoughts??
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.

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Sarah (Shh...Fit Happens) January 8, 2014 at 10:09 am

Happy New Year Leslee! I haven’t been to you blog in a bit and it looks GREAT!! I have not been to the gym yet this year, but tomorrow I have 2 classes, so we will see how crowded it is!! I like it when it is crowded as an instructor, although sometimes it is tough if people don’t have much room to move and jump in class!

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Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne January 8, 2014 at 10:23 am

I don’t think I would be working out right now if I had to go to an over crowded gym haha thank god I have one at home! I don’t like crunches, so I stick to bicycles and planks :). I love at home workouts, leaves me with no excuse to not do them. I love doing pilates workouts at home, they always leave me feeling great!

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Lauren January 8, 2014 at 10:35 am

Great circuit. I can do any workout for 6 minutes! I never have patience for workout videos at home either-it’s too easy to quit!

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Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom January 8, 2014 at 11:18 am

I haven’t been to my school’s gym since the new year started, but I’m going today for *HOPEFULLY* two hours, so we’ll see what it’s like. I don’t really have a favorite crunch, but I do love planks! And my favorite at-home workout is sleeping…

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Christine@ Apple of My Eye January 8, 2014 at 11:59 am

I love that this only take 6 minutes and that you actually work up a sweat form it!

Fast and efficient- that’s my kind of workout :D

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Caitlin January 8, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Ahh awesome! I love having these things handy for when my car doesn’t start with enough time to get to the gym, like yesterday. I didn’t notice an increase in gym membership till this morning when I had to wait for weight machines for the first time ever. Kind of crazy, but I’m glad people were out so early haha…just didn’t expect it!

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Kristina @ Damn Ten Pounds January 8, 2014 at 3:02 pm

I’m with you on the New Years newbies. I am always so happy for people making efforts towards better health. Starting is the hardest part and I think they are inspiring for taking that step. That said, I do avoid the gym when I can until ~March/April. They probably feel a little more comfortable getting their bearings without the regulars impatiently breathing down their necks anyways.

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Kim January 8, 2014 at 6:39 pm

I like doing free weights and kettle bells at home. I don’t have to have to share, always have the weight I want, and can watch TV while I do it!

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Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures January 8, 2014 at 11:39 pm

I love a quick and sweaty circuit! And yeah, the gym is a shit show this month and probably next so I’ll be spending MINIMAL time there. Mine is already super crowded so with the added resolutioners, I’m over it. :) I WANT A POLAR SO BAD so I can see what my heart rate/calories burned are!! Jim is so good for getting that for you!! :) And yah, ain’t nobody got time for a 60 minute insanity video. No thanks to that. These kinds of really fast workouts are SO SO good and such good calorie burners. GO PANDA POO LOVER BUTT!!!! :) And future grad student beauty! :)

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Brittany January 8, 2014 at 11:55 pm

I’m a total Grinch, and I HATE THE RESOLUTION’S at the gym!! Seriously they make me so angry. Thankfully I go to a huge gym and so far there has always been a machine I want, or a spot in the class I want!! It’s all about the timing! I love this circuit though, quick and dirty!

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Stacie @ Simply Southern Stacie January 9, 2014 at 8:16 am

Love some quick workouts! My favorite type of crunch is either the good ole crunch on a ball or a reverse crunch.

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Ja @Ja on the RUN January 9, 2014 at 4:46 pm

When I attended kickboxing class last Monday, it was packed! I had to make sure I get there really early (for this month), so I can have a spot in the class. Or else I’ll have to squeeze myself in between people.
I do Just Dance too in Xbox! Yes it’s a workout. I get really drenched in sweat after a song.

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