Tag Archives: high intensity

The Don’t-Wear-Gray Workout

15 Nov

The title of this post is just a forewarning! This workout combines strength training with cardio intervals and plyometrics..bring on the sweatinessglistening!

There are 4 circuits; complete each circuit ~2-3 through (time allowing). You can either go by repetitions or time, your pref. 🙂

Circuit 1:

  • assisted pull-ups or bent-over rows
  • push-ups with knee tucks (push-up-bring right knee towards chest then left knee=1 repitition)
  • lateral hops (see FitBit!)
  • medicine ball wood choppers

Circuit 2:

  • plie squats (dumbbell skims the floor!)
  • jump squats
  • lateral/anterior raises (1 side raise, 1 front raise=1 repitition)
  • reverse crunches

Circuit 3:

  • 30 second-1 minute wall sit & curl to press (while hanging out in your wall sit, biceps curl dumbbells then overhead press & reverse)
  • mountain climbers
  • squat thrust burpees (no push-up)
  • triceps extensions

Circuit 4:

  • alternating jump lunges
  • hanging knee raises
  • incline stability ball planks

How’d you do?! If you kicked butt, you should be very, very tired by the end! As always, proper form and safety cues before taking the exercise(s) to a more intense level!!

FitBit*

Lateral hops involve a side-to-side jump which works your ABductors and ADductors more (outer/inner thighs); beginners should start with jumping over a jump rope or an imaginary weight-intermediaters should place a weight vertically to jump over; advancers should jump over a low step or plate. The more advanced you get, the wider and/or higher you’ll be able to jump, making the exercise harder!

Power of 3’s

17 Oct

Hello! I’ve been in Lexington Kentucky for the past 4 days attending the NIRSA Regions 2 Conference! It was an amazing experience, especially for me and other students who want to further their education in a recreational setting. If you’re involved in recreation, I highly suggest becoming a member and getting involved! Please ask me any questions you have!

It felt good to get back in the swing of things; with fall break the weekend before and then KY, things have been all over the place. Today’s workout was greatly needed!

  • Set 1: 18 push ups, 15 jump squats, 1 min. jumping jacks= 3x
  • Set 2: 15 bent-over rows & reverse flies, 15 reverse lunges w/ a knee (per leg), 1 min. jump rope= 3x
  • Set 3: 15 biceps curls, 18 plie squats, 1 min. lateral jumps= 3x
  • Set 4: 18 triceps kickbacks, 15 step ups w/ glute extension (per leg), 15 side crunches= 3x

18 is such a random number-don’t you agree? It took roughly an hour to complete the entire circuit. As always, proper form and safety cues!

Too-much-mint-chocolate-chip-ice-cream-cake circuit

8 Aug

Whenever I come home, I swear I eat 10x more than I normally do-but that’s okay, since it’s my mom’s food..right? 🙂 Here’s a workout I completed the day after my 3 slices of cake (no shame)

  • 20 incline push-ups (toes)
  • 20 squat presses (12.5lbs)
  • 15/leg alternating lunges & biceps curls (12.5lbs)
  • 20 triceps dips
  • 5 minute elliptical intervals
  • 15 push-ups
  • 15 squat thrusts
  • 15/leg step ups (10lbs)
  • 15 mountain climbers
  • 5 minutes elliptical intervals
  • 60 second plank
  • 60 second bicycle
  • 15 v-ups
  • 60 second super(wo)man

Choppy 1 Mile w/ Intervals

1 Aug

If running on the treadmill makes you fall asleep just thinking about it, then try this choppy workout:

  • run 4-quarter miles interspersed with strength training exercises.

This is another type of circuit interval training since your still alternating between high and low intensities, but at the low intensity stage, you’ll be weight training instead of slowing down to a jog and/or walk.

1. run .25 miles at a challenging yet manageable speed

  • kettlebell swings: 3 sets-20 reps

2. run .25 miles (.5=half way there!)

  • push-ups w/ rows
3. run .25 miles (.75=so close!)
  • walking lunges w/ shoulder press
4. run .25 (1 mile!)
  • abs