Now that Summer is finally here I feel that everyone is in the mood to eat healthy, workout, and get fit. You seriously have no excuse, the days are longer and the weather is nice. However I know many fitness fanatics, myself included, occasionally need a switch up in our workout routines. I will always love to run and hope to be doing it until I’m like 90, but especially in these hot summer days, I find it difficult to stay motivated while running. I have found that creating my own or finding total body workouts online are the best way to keep myself from getting bored and my body is always guessing what I’m doing next. I have talked about using a tabata timer and wrote about my favorite workout with my ‘go-to’ moves you can find that post here: Tabata Workout. So today I want to share a circuit style workout that’s not necessarily timed. I ask you to complete a certain number of reps of each exercise. There are two circuits and you will do each circuit two times through. You should try to make it through each circuit twice under 14 minutes including a 30 second-1 minute break between. So for example, set a timer for 14 minutes and go through Circuit 1, take a short break, then complete Circuit 1 again and try to complete it under 14 minutes. Get it?
When creating workouts for myself I get a lot of my inspiration for exercises from Instagram, Kayla Istines Workout Guides, and from videos I did on Popsugar Fitness or Daily Burn. When making a total body workout I try to do moves for my upper body, lower body, back and core. But sometimes I will focus only on upper body and back or only on lower body and core. It just depends on what I’m feeling.
I highly highly suggest the night before you find or create a workout that you want to try. I find that I’m more apt to complete a workout I have planned or written down rather than winging it. Also keep track of what workouts you’re doing, how long it’s taking you to do them and/or how many reps you were able to do in the work time. Write these stats down in a notebook or on a calendar, so you can return to the same workout again and maybe complete it in a faster time or complete more reps.
Ok stop reading and go try this workout or put it into your weekly workout routine! A brief description of each move, beginner and advanced modifications, and photos are below for your reference. You will definitely be sweatin’ and get a great workout in under 30 minutes! ♥
Jump Squats: Stand with feet shoulder width apart and as you jump move your legs out to the sides, bend your knees and put your butt back into a squat. Make sure to push down through your heels, shoulders back, and chest up. Then jump back to a standing position. MODIFICATION: Leave out the jump and just squat with feet a bit wider than shoulder width.
Side Lunges aka Crab Walk: Begin standing with feet shoulder width apart. Step your right foot out to the side and squat down, then as you return to standing bring your left foot into meet your right foot. ADVANCED MODIFICATION: Hold a medicine ball or dumbbell at your chest as you lunge.
Snap Jumps: Start in a push-up position, with your feet shoulder width apart and jump your feet up to meet your elbows, keep your core engaged, then jump back to the starting position.
In-n-Out Abs: Begin seated on the floor with your entire back about 45 degrees off the floor, your arms out in front of you, knees extended in, and feet a few inches off the floor (IN). Then lay your lower and middle back onto the floor and extend your legs out without touching the floor (OUT). And repeat. ADVANCED MODIFICATION: When you are ‘IN’ tap your fingertips on the floor on your right then left sides then go ‘OUT’.
Plie Squat: Begin with feet much wider than shoulders width and with your feet pointing out (in a pile position if you’re a dancer). Squat down, remember booty back, weight on your heels, and head up and make sure your knees don’t go over your toes. Then return to the starting position. ADVANCED MODIFICATION: Hold a medicine ball or dumbbell with your arms extended down towards the floor.
Jumping Lunges: Start standing with your feet shoulder width apart. Jump into a lunge with your right foot forward then switch legs and jump into a lunge with your left foot forward. Be sure your knees do not go past your toes when you’re in a lunge. MODIFICATION: Leave out the jumps and just perform walking lunges.
Spider Push-Ups: In a push-up position simultaneously go down into a push-up and bring your right knee out to meet your right elbow then extend your elbows back to the starting position and return your right foot and repeat on the left side. MODIFICATION: If you can’t simultaneously do the push-up and bring your knee to elbow, then do them separately.
Toe Touches: Begin laying down on your back with your legs extended straight up in the air and arms back behind your head. Bring your arms up and upper back off the floor to try to reach your toes while engaging your core and then return to the starting position.
Be sure to stay hydrated during this workout, cool down, and stretch. Have a high protein recovery snack or meal within an hour of when you are finished. Try my smoothie bowl recipe or PB&J Overnight Oats.