Tag Archives: High-intensity interval training

Not-So-Monotonous Cardio Workout

8 Jan

The gym has been PACKED. Lots of people working on their New Years resolutions I’m sure! The real test will be if they’re still here in 2 weeks… :-/.

Group fitness has been booming with participants! We have over 50 classes on the schedule this semester, some new and some old. Power hour debut yesterday; the concept behind this class is HIIT and to get a kick-butt workout in under 40 minutes. I don’t think the participants caught-on at first, but by the end, they realized that the workout is coming to an end and they picked it up! Hopefully the numbers keep climbing throughout the semester!

This semester, I scheduled set office hours for my graduate assistantship. Last semester, I came and went and found that although I enjoyed the freedom, I didn’t feel like I accomplished much in my hours. My weeks will look like this:

  • Monday’s 9-2pm
  • Tuesday’s 6-1pm
  • Wednesday’s 6-1pm
  • Thursday’s 6-1pm
  • Friday’s TBA

Why so many crack-of-dawns? I’m training more! Last semester, I taught ~4-5 classes a week and completed only fitness assessments when needed. This semester, I’m teaching 3 classes (and subbing where I can) and being a trainer in The Biggest Loser program we offer. My group will train Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at 6am and I do BLAST at 6am on Wednesday’s. I feel I have a much better grasp on getting things done in my designated hours.

This morning I completed a not-so-monotonous cardio workout. I only do 3-AT MOST-HIIT workouts a week, interspersed with strength, mind/body’s, and steady-state workouts too. I did a lot of strength workouts yesterday (Power hour, TRX demo) so today I wanted to do steady-state with some plyo’s at the end.

Slightly adapted from Julie at PBFingers’ Beat Boredom Interval Workout:

20-Minute Elliptical:

  • 0-10:00 @ Resistance 7
  • 10-12:30 @ Resistance 9
  • 12:30-15:00 @ Resistance 10
  • 15:00-20 @ Resistance 7

10-Minute Treadmill:

  • 0-5:00 @ Speed 7, Incline 1
  • 5:00-10:00 @ Speed 4.2, Incline 8

7:30-Minute Plyometrics:

  • 1:00 Burpees
  • 2:00 Jumping Jacks
  • 3:00 Mountain Climbers
  • 4:00 Speed Skaters
  • 5:00 Jump Squats
  • 5:30 Burpees
  • 6:00 Jumping Jacks
  • 6:30 Mountain Climbers
  • 7:00 Speed Skaters
  • 7:30 Jump Squats

Stay happy 🙂

Tabata Elliptical Intervals

19 Sep

Today was my first time teaching the BLAST class! A strength and eduranced-mixed class that’s held every week on Monday’s and Wednesday’s with an optional class on Friday’s. The workout doesn’t change (except for Friday’s), so the participants learn the exercise order and can manage their progress in the 10-week period. The group is semi-lively (mind you, the class begins promptly at 6am..) but very engaged. I find their energy increases once we start the warm-up; it probably doesn’t help that this morning was the COLDEST morning yet! 43degrees and windy makes walking to the gym painful. Some of them work together on campus while others form relationships and opt to exercise on the off days-forming fitness relationships:). I’m excited to see what the other Wednesday’s bring :-P.

..drumroll please..

Workout Wednesday!

Another week where I’m bringing students, faculty/staff, and members of Oakland University’s (and others all around!) Campus Recreation center a functional workout to do in the gym.

Last week I mentioned I’d reveal the best exercises to do in a small-ish apartment or dorm room; da-data-da! This article is a great resource for students who don’t have time to go to the gym but want a quick, no equipment workout to do in the space that’s available to them. Try recruiting your room/suite/hall mates to get together and workout!

When you do have time to go to the gym, try this tabata elliptical workout: a tabata interval is 20 seconds of an all-out effort followed by 10 seconds of recovery. You complete 8 rounds of 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off for 4 minutes straight. I like to use the Precor ellipticals for intervals; these ellipticals have tons of program options and allow you to pedal forwards and backwards.

  • warm-up ~2-5 minutes
  • 4 minute Tabata pedaling forwards
  • 2 minutes of regular ellipticalling forwards
  • 4 minute Tabata pedaling backwards
  • 2 minutes of regular ellipticalling backwards
  • 4 minute Tabata (2 minutes pedaling forward, 2 minutes pedaling backwards)
  • 1 minute cool-down

When you’re doing your work intervals (20 seconds), sit your hips back and dig your feet into the pedals. You want your legs to do most of the work without the bouncing you normally do when you’re dozing off into space ellipticalling.

Enjoy!

Day 33

5 Jul

Hoping everyone had a relaxing and safe 4th of July holiday! I took a Body Pump class in the morning to kick-start the day on a healthy note; it was probably one of the most challenging workout mixes I’ve taken by an instructor! The instructor took tracks from all over the place, ensuring that it would leave the participants breathless..she succeeded. I can’t remember all of the tracks she used, but one that stuck out in particular, Fireworks (how appropriate!), has always been a challenging lunge tracks for me!

Breakfast, trained, work, meeting, took Cycling, taught Interval Training, work, client, home for dinner with Kathie and to see Magic Mike!! I’ve heard mixed reviews on the movie..if you’ve seen it, what are your thoughts?

Interval Training was a lot of fun! I originally planned to do a mixture of cardio and strength stations

but was reminded that the participants are used to 5 cardio-based stations with strength exercises in between intervals. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. A little creative thinking on my part and the class looked like this:

The participants brought their A-game! I guess after a holiday binge with lots of cookouts and such gets people itching to work it off. The fave exercise? Medicine ball slams!

Working on my cycling playlist! Any songs you prefer to sprint, climb a hill, up & downs, or steady state-let me know!

See ya 🙂

One, Two, Three

7 Feb

Good morning! Today is going to be a great day (minus the fact that I have an essay test today and another test Thursday); it began with an interval workout, trained a client and will be non-stop work and school untill 4pm tonight!

In my efforts to provide you with tons of workouts to complete on the pink treadmills to raise money for Miles 4 Kay, I’ve created another one to add to the list:

  • warm-up ~5 minutes
  • 1 min. @ 8.0 mph
  • 1 min. @ 7.0 mph
  • 2 mins. @ 8.0 mph
  • 2 mins @ 7.0
  • 3 mins. @ 8.0
  • 3 mins. @ 7.0   ^repeat 3X
  • 3 mins. @ 8.5
  • 2 mins. @ 6.5
  • 2 mins @ 6.2
  • cool down

But don’t stop if you’re not at a mile (i.e. 5.43 or 6.88)! Keep running until you reach one (6.0 or 7.0). Remember, every mile logged on the pink treadmills raises $.10!

Happy Running!!

 

Miles 4 Kay

1 Feb

February 1 kicks off the Miles 4 Kay, a program that raises awareness and funds for women’s cancer. Initiated by Kay Yow herself, she teamed up “with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and The V Foundation for Cancer Research to form the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, a 501 c(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause,” (source). University Recreation is helping raise awareness by wearing our pink shirts and logging miles on the pink treadmills! $.10 per mile will be donated to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund during the month of February.

Not only is running or walking on a pink treadmill honorable enough by itself..but knowing that every step taken is helping a great foundation- worth all the glisteningsweat and miles!

To encourage you to log miles, I’ve created a list of treadmill sessions..so you really have no excuse! I’ve taken the guess-work out for you so all you have to do is print it, take it with you, and do ya thang!

  1. HIIT Treadmill Workout
  2. Choppy 1 Mile Intervals
  3. Lunchtime Quickie
  4. Not-a-Good-First-Day-of-Class Workout
  5. 1-Minute Changers
  6. Hurricane Irene
  7. Session7 for Newbies!
  8. Killer Treadmill Interval Sesh
  9. Speedy Cardio for Any Machine
  10. Friday Intervals
  11. 1 Minute Changers Treadmill Style
  12. 30 Seconds=> 5 Miles