This workout is a combo of fat-blasting HIIT and muscle building strength work. It’s one of my very favorite ways to train because you work up an awesome sweat, get cardio and strength checked off, and it will keep your heart rate elevated for a high calorie burn during and after the workout. Yay, EPOC!
As always, be sure to check with a doctor before making any fitness changes. Honor your body and modify as needed.
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Here’s what the workout looks like:
Form cues and tips:
Warm up, 5-7 minutes, moderate cardio: You can power walk, row, run, do some slow-motion bodyweight strength (like squats and push-ups), or anything you like to do to get ready to work hard
Reverse lunge with biceps curl and kick x 10 each (optional 1-leg balance): Holding a pair of dumbbells, take a big step back to come into a lunge position. Watch your alignment and make sure your front knee is stacked over your front ankle, and your chest is lifted with a tight core. Step back to starting position, then complete a biceps curl (squeeze your biceps and exhale as you curl). Keep your core engaged as you kick the leg that stepped back. That’s one rep. You can balance on one leg as you do your curl and press for an extra challenge. To make it more intense, lift heavier weights. If the compound exercise is too much, break it into pieces.
Low squat with overhead reach x 10: Holding one heavy dumbbell, keep your chest lifted and your weight in your heels as you squat down and back. Hold that low squat as you lift the weight overhead, keeping a slightly bend at the elbows. Lower the weight, and rise from the squat. That’s one rep.
Curtsy lunge and side raise x 10 each: Start with one leg forward, and toes angled out 45 degrees. Step your other foot totally back behind the front, so that your foot is behind the opposite shoulder. Sink low into a curtsy lunge, them as you exhale, lift the back leg out to the side, and bring your dumbbells out to shoulder height. Really think about squeezing your glutes to lift your leg. Make sure that you take a nice big step back and to the side for your curtsy lunge, bringing the weights back down to your sides.
Warrior 3 with triceps kickback x 10 each: Start standing, and tilt forward, keeping your back straight as you extend one leg behind you. Flex your foot and keep your hips parallel to the floor. Bring your elbows in by your sides and use your triceps to straighten your arm as much as possible before bending back to 90 degrees.
Deadlift with upright row x 10: Hold a pair of dumbbells, or kettlebell, and tap one leg behind you. You can keep it here, with the weight in your front foot as you tilt forward, bringing the weights just below the knees. Exhale and rise with a flat back. Complete one upright row, making sure that your elbows are the first to rise, and the dumbbells stop at mid chest level. For more advanced variations on the deadlift, you can float the top foot off the floor. Make sure to keep hips parallel to the floor.
Plank and punch x 45 seconds: Start in a plank position (or modified plank with knees down), with hands wide and knuckles pressing into the floor. Lift one arm in front of you and punch at the air. Bring that arm down and repeat with the other arm. Repeat until time’s up!
Single leg bridge x 10 each: Start on your back with legs bent and feet flat on the floor. Lift one leg off the floor, and press your heel towards the ceiling. Squeeze your glutes to lift your hips, keeping your upper back pressing into the floor and hips parallel to the floor. Lower down towards the floor (don’t touch it!) and exhale to rise back up. Continue for 10 reps, then switch legs.
Run .50 miles; or walk .25 miles quickly
Complete up to 3 total rounds
Please let me know if you give it a try!
Are you excited for Summer Shape Up? Give your workout buddies the heads up and get ready for Monday! It’s going to be a good one.
Photos: Lindsay Colson