Hey guys! So considering health & fitness is like my biggest passion in life, Idk why I don’t post about it on here more… going to work on that! So over the years I’ve gone through different periods of workout obsessions- purely cardio, purely weightlifting, long-distance running, HIIT Cardio + Weights, Cycling, Hot Yoga, Reformer Pilates, and Kickboxing.
Needless to say, I LOVE working out. I know that sounds crazy to some people, but it just gives me a high and when I don’t workout it totally throws me off. I seriously somehow have LESS energy on the days I don’t workout.
A few months back I ran my first half-marathon (I’m more of a sprinter by nature) so from August-November I was purely running for distance. For me, this is my least favorite form of exercise and I truly believe that it burns the least amount of calories per session (atleast for me this seems to be the case).
Since running the half, I’ve switched back to doing HIIT Cardio + Circuit Training and I am seriously seeing great results again. Idk why, but I feel like the months of slow and steady running just doesn’t shape my body how I prefer it. So if you’re in a rut with your workout and not seeing results, I highly suggest switching it up and seeing how your body responds.
So here is a rough layout of my weekly workout routine lately:
Monday: 50 minutes of Cardio- starting at a jog for warmup then switching between sprinting and walking at an incline) this really gets me super sweaty and exhausted by the end of it
Tuesday: 15 min HIIT + Arm/Abs Circuit — I don’t lift very heavy but I don’t take any rest between sets to keep my heart rate up and burn out the muscles. Example circuit below:
A1: Lateral Raises x 10
A2: Frontal Raises x 10
A3: DB Bicep Curls x 10
A4: Tricep press down x 10
So I do each exercise A1-A4, then I start back up at the top and go through the whole circuit 4 times without resting between. Then I move on to the next circuit. I usually do about 8 different exercises 4 times. So an example of the second circuit would be:
B1: Pushups x 10
B2: Pullups x 5 (or as many as you can do)
B3: Hanging Leg Raises x 12 (Abs)
B4: Bicycle Crunches x 50
You would follow the same pattern with this circuit. Starting at B1 then going through the whole circuit 4 times through trying to take the least amount of rest time between each set.
Wednesday: 50 min Cardio (same thing as monday)
Thursday: 15 min cardio warm up + Leg Workout (same style as arm circuit but with leg exercises)
A1: BB Squats x 12
A2: DB Lunges x 10 each side
A3: Single Leg Deadlift with DB in 1 hand x 15 each leg
A4: Swiss Ball Crunches x 25
B1: Ketel Bell Wide Leg Squat x 20
B2: Leg Press x 10
B3: Leg Extensions x 10
B4: Hamstring Curls x 10
Friday: 50 min cardio (same style as monday/wednesday)
Saturday: Full Body Circuit
Sunday: Rest Day
Hope this helps!!