Wednesday, August 17, 2011

An At-Home Cardio Circuit Workout

As much as we love our machines, our running trails, and our cardio classes; sometimes getting out of the house for a workout is impossible for some reason. Other days...like maybe when you get snowed in for example...working out at home is all you can do. When circumstances don't do much to allow us to get out of the house, and you still want to get in a good sweat this At-Home Cardio Circuit Workout should be just what you need. With lots of intervals to get that heart rate up, you can do this workout anytime, anywhere, with NO equipment needed.

At Home Circuit Workout

*The key to this is to keep your heart rate up so try and go from one exercise to the next without stopping

Warm Up: 100 Jumping Jacks to get your blood flowing

Repeat this sequence 3 (or more) times through
25 jump squats
15 push ups
1 minute plank (make the plank harder by lifting up one foot or turn it into a crazy plank)
15 step ups on a (chair/bench/stair) on your right leg
15 step ups on your left leg
*if you don't have a chair or something to step up on you can do lunges in place

Repeat this sequence 3 (or more) times through
20 alternating step up push ups
20 alternating elevated plank mountain climbers
20 alternating plyometric lunges
15 oblique plank twists on the left and then 15 on the right

There you have it. A quick cardio interval workout that will tone while you work! You can add reps and sets to increase the difficulty level if necessary.

Speaking of the home...I made this canvas wall print for my bedroom this weekend, and I'm kinda in love with it!
See...I don't just workout and talk about health and fitness alllll the time...just most of it. :)

Do you ever workout at home? I prefer to workout at the gym...weird I know. If you do like to workout at home, What is your favorite "at-home" workout?

14 comments:

Michelle said...

This is officially going to be my workout tomorrow! I have two little boys, so this is right up my alley!
I love doing circuits at home. I kind of make them up as I go!

Lindsay and James Cotter said...

you made that? super cute!! Can you make me one? hehe.

Saving this workout. its great!

Shannon said...

I work out at home because the nearest gym is about 25 miles away =( One thing I miss about living in the city is gym access...

I did I little made-up circuit today of elliptical, jump rope, elliptical, mountain climbers, jump rope, elliptical, squat jumps, plank jacks, jump rope... etc. It was only 36 minutes worth of a work out, but it worked up a nice sweat, and I honestly felt wiped out after because of a nice cold I have that developed on Monday.

Ashley said...

that print is super cute!

Allie said...

I've never done an at home workout. I usually don't have the motivation. At least at the gym once I've got there I feel like I might as well do something! I would like to try more cicuit style workouts though. My gym doesn't really have space so I might have to try them at home!

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Rachelle Wardle said...

I love to do circuit workouts at home while I watch TV. :) It makes me feel less guilty about wasting countless hours watching reality tv. ha

Love the wall painting. So cute!

Yogurtland tomorrow at 4:30!! You can come right??

Julia said...

love love love that canvas!!! and i was totally looking for a circuit to do this afternoon when I get home...maybe I will try this one??? miss you!

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