Daily Dose of Cardio WORKOUT

Happy hump day! Have you worked out yet?? If not, do this quick 30 minute workout. It focuses on the cardiovascular system and will definitely get your heart pumping and your lungs doin’ their thang!

Remember: cardio is like medicine for your heart! You wouldn’t skip a day of taking your really important, doctor prescribed medication would you? Well don’t skip a daily dose of your cardiovascular workout medicine either! 🙂 

 

Your Daily Dose of Cardio WORKOUT

Do each exercise for 45 seconds w/ 15sec rest. Rest 1 min btw rounds and do 5 rounds

  1. Lunge Switch-outs (Start in a lunge with your right foot in front, jump and switch to a lunge with the left leg in front) (No impact: Just do alternating forward lunges)

  2. Jumping Jack Plank – Get into a push-up position and then jump your feet wide, then narrow, wide, narrow…. staying in that plank position the whole time; wrists under shoulders!

  3. Karaoke (aka Grape-Vine) 10 meters right, 10 meters left, repeat (Karaoke = cross in front, cross behind, cross in front, cross behind…)

  4. Kettle Bell Swings (IF you know how to do them!!) Otherwise do squats 🙂

  5. High Knees in place – bringing each knee up to 90 degrees

  6. Core move of your choice! (Drawing a blank? Do a forearm plank and alternate lifting up one leg and then the other)

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Mountain Climbin’ like Crazy

So many mountain climbers, so little time! Here is a workout for you all that requires NO EQUIPMENT and just a little bit of space. Warm-Up for 5 minutes and then set a timer for 30 minutes. Do as many rounds as you can in that 30mins. Remember to grab water when you need it, and have fun with it!

  • 30 Mountain Climbers (Right+Left = 1)
  • 20 Squat Jumps (do a squat, then jump as high as you can; Beginner or Knee issues? Just do squats, avoid the high impact of the jump)
  • 30 Wide Narrow Mountain Climbers(Jump out + jump in = 1)
  • 30sec Side Plank Right (More advanced? Hold for a minute)
  • 30sec Side Plank Left (More advanced? Hold for a minute)
  • 20 Knees to Opposite Elbow Climber(Each leg up is 1; aka Right+Left= 2 reps)
  • 2 minute Run or Power Walk (no room? Just jump rope – or invisible jump rope – in place for two mins)

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Be happy. Be fit.

The Medicine Ball Workout!

All you need for this killer workout is a medicine ball! This workouts gets your heart rate up, strengthens the legs, & tones your core and back!

Warm-Up and then do as many rounds as you can in 30 minutes!

**Use a 8-10lb hard MB (medicine ball) for moves below

  • 10ea – Stand next to MB, Squat to pick up MB, reach it up an over head (straighten your legs when the ball is overhead) and then squat to place MB on ground, then sideways jump over MB. Repeat 10 in a row going right, then ten left. (Keep back straight in squats!!!)
  • 60sec. Plank on HDs (like push up position) with both feet balanced on the MB
  • 5ea SFT Squats, hold MB at your chest. (These are the squats in 6 different foot positions… right in front, left in front, wide, narrow, toes in, toes out)
  • 3 Sets of Box Drill – Run forwards 5m, shuffle left 5m, backwards run 5m, shuffle right 5m
  • 10ea Single Leg Decelerating Squats – stand on 1 leg in front of a chair, box, couch etc. Slowly decelerate your butt down into a single leg squat until your butt just barely touches the chair, then stand up!

Enjoy!

Be Happy. Be Fit.

Running in a Winter Wonderland

Another great workout for you to do on your own over the holidays! Pick your favorite way to do cardio and try the following… It isn’t a white wonderland here in sunny California, but we can pretend! 🙂

RUNNING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND

Run 3 miles (or Bike 8 miles, Elliptical 2 miles, Walk 2 miles, or Row 6000m)

After every ½ mile do the following…  (If biking do every 2 miles)

  • 100 Jumping Jacks
  • 25ea Oblique Crunch (lie on your back, let your knees fall to one side, and crunch straight up so your shoulders come off the ground)
  • 20 Jumpsas high as you can
  • 10 Push Up Roll Overs (5ea direction – see video)

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!

Be Happy. Be Fit.

The 12 Days of Xmas Workout (no equipment!)

Hooray for holiday time off!! For those of you in need of an at-home workout to do while traveling, visiting family, or just taking time to relax at home, try this one! No equipment is required, so grab a friend, family member, or go solo and get your workout on. 🙂

THE 12 DAYS of XMAS WORKOUTHoliday workout, no equipment!

Warm up: 5 sets of: 3 push ups + 15 Squats (Body wt only) + 10 Forward Walking Lunges

Workout:

  • 12 Squat Sets: 3 Squats + 3 Squat Jumps = 1 set
  • 11 Box Step Ups (11 each leg – use a chair or couch if at home)
  • 10 Sets of: 10 Mountain Climbers + 10 High Knees
  • 9 Star Crunches (lay on back – lift arms, legs, head and shoulders off the ground, hold for 5 seconds = 1 rep)
  • 8 Knee to Opposite Elbow Plank on Hands (1 right +1 left = 1 rep)
  • 7 Side Lunges each leg (hold something heavy at chest if possible)
  • 6 Lunge Clocks (see this video)
  • 5ea SFT Push Ups*
  • 4 Broad Jump Matrix (2 foot jump forwards, 2ft jump to the right, 2ft jump to the left = 1 Broad Jump Matrix)
  • 3 mins Plank Hold (1 min regular, 1 min Rt side Plank, 1 min Lt Side Plank)
  • 2 mins of Jump Rope (invisible jump rope if  you don’t have one, just make sure you are actually moving your arms ;))
  • 1 min of Burpeesdo as many as you can! Finish strong!
  • DONE! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

SFT PUSH UPS: Do 5 push ups in each of these six positions: 1) Right hand slightly in front of left, 2) Left hand slightly in front of Right, 3) Wide, 4) Narrow, 5) Hands shoulder width, pointed out at a 45 degree angle, 6) Hands shoulder width but pointed in at 45 degree angle.

Be Happy. Be Fit.

Lunge Challenge and HIIT Workout

Lunge Challenge Workout

Happy almost Thanksgiving everybody! Need a workout to do before your big feast? Try this HIIT interval workout, followed by a LUNGE CHALLENGE!  Get all your friends and family to join in!

Thanksgiving HIIT (set timer for 45sec work/15sec rest – beginners do 40sec/20sec)

  1. 10 High Knees + 1 Burpee + 1 Tuck Jump (Tuck = Jump up bringing knees to 90 degrees)
  2. Around-the-World Squat (use a book, ball, weight, anything :))
  3. Plank Hold with feet on Ball (basketball, medicine ball, even a chair or couch works) (Harder=Alternate a single leg on ball while in a plank hold)
  4. Speed Skaters (over ball if you have one)
  • REPEAT 3-5 times depending on fitness level

LUNGE CHALLENGE – then finish your workout with this…

  • 30 Forward Lunges, 30 Push Ups, 30 Reverse Lunges, 30 Jumping Jacks
  • 20 Forward Lunges, 20 Push Ups, 20 Reverse Lunges, 20 Jumping Jacks
  • 10 Forward Lunges, 10 Push Ups, 10 Reverse Lunges, 10 Jumping Jacks

Awesome work!

Be Happy. Be Fit

The Box/Chair/Bench Workout

Find ANY stable box, chair, or bench and do this workout! Easy to do at a park, at your home, in the gym, or even in your office (see if you can get your coworkers to get up and do a round ;))

The Chair/Bench Workout

  • 15 Push Ups w/ you feet elevated on the box (EASIER: Elevate your hands on the box)
  • 10 Box Jumps (if not comfortable jumping the height of your chair, do 10 box step-ups on each leg)
  • 10ea Plank Knee to Elbow w/ feet elevated (see how-to video below!)
  • 10ea Side Lunge + Cross-Step Up (see how-to video below!)
  • 100 Toe Taps (facing your box, alternate lifting your right then left foot up to touch the top of the box as fast as possible – like doing high knees, except you touch the top of your box every time)
  • REPEAT 4-5 ROUNDS

Hiking: Yosemite for the weekend!

Hiking in Yosemite for our exercise!

Hiking in Yosemite for our exercise!

Hiking is an amazing form of exercise! Not only is hiking a great form of cardiovascular exercise, but it also helps increase muscular strength and endurance. Hiking also gets you outdoors, which is often relaxing and necessary after a long day/week of work.  So go out and find a nice trail near you and enjoy the fresh air and vitamin D (from the sun! :)) Your heart will thank you for the workout!

Half Dome, Yosemite

Half Dome, Yosemite

Yosemite in the Fall

Yosemite in the Fall

Beautiful Yosemite Valley

Beautiful Yosemite Valley

 

The BEST way to do your Cardio!

There are so many benefits to doing your cardio work in intervals read my post Why Cardio Intervals are so Dang Effective to understand why!

Now that you are convinced that intervals truly are THE GREATEST, try this amazing interval workout. It can be done on the treadmill, bike, elliptical, row machine, etc. or even outside via running up and down hills or changing the pace of your run! Work it ladies and gents!

CARDIO INTERVALS
5 min walk/jog warm-up

1 min RUN (as fast as you can go!)
1 min jog/walk/or rest
2 min moderate effort (about 60-70% your max)
1 minute jog/walk/or rest    
(Repeat 4-5 times)

Be Happy. Be Fit.

 

Around the Field Workout

Ready for a workout?? Here you go! Scale-able for different fitness types and all you need is something to run around: a field, a track, backyard, a block in your neighborhood…

Whatever you choose to run around, identify 4 corners of your “lap”. In the first corner do move #1. Then run to the next corner, do move #2; run to the next corner, do move #3, run to the last corner, do move #4, and then repeat! Comment or ask questions if you are confused, I’ll be sure to respond! 🙂

Around the Field Workout – REPEAT 4x

  1. 10 Spiderman Push Up – or push ups from knees
  2. 20 180* Squat Jumps (Jump us a rotate 180 degrees while in the air-land facing the other direction)
  3. 10 Burpees (no push up, just keep arms extended)
  4. 20 Star Crunches (Easier: do 10 reps!)

Be Happy. Be fit.

Tuesday’s Tip: Treadmill Running vs. Outdoor Running

Happy Tuesday! I’m starting something new this week, every Tuesday I’m going to post some sort of fitness tip! Today let’s briefly discuss running on the treadmill vs. outdoors, read on to expand your brain and knowledge!

First of all, both are great forms of cardiovascular exercise! Running is not for everyone, nor is it the only type of exercise you should do, but it is great to incorporate into your routine. Here are a few cool facts about indoor and outdoor running:

  • Walking or running indoors requires less effort than moving at the same speed outdoors (According to a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research). This is due to factors such as wind and uneven terrain. A breeze of 9mph can increase energy expenditure by about 5%, and an uneven surface can up expenditure 10%!
  • According to the same study, increasing a treadmill’s incline to 3% most closely resembles the energy output of an outdoor run (without any hills).
  • To replicate an outdoor track, elevate your treadmill to 1% incline. (A track is level and usually an even surface – that’s why only 1% grade on a treadmill effectively mimics your energy output on a track)
  • Running uphill activates 9% more muscle each stride compared to exercising at the same  intensity on level ground (Researchers at the University of Georgia)
  • The impact of running on a treadmill can be very hard on our very important knee joints, but did you know that increasing the incline just 3% can decrease joint shock by 24%! (Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise)

Well now you can say you learned something today! Questions? Thoughts? Let me know 🙂

Be Happy. Be Fit.

 

Partner Workout!

Grab a friend, significant other, or family member and do this workout together! (Don’t worry there are no uphill sprints in this workout – however those are really good for you! :))

Partner Workout

This picture is from a few months ago when my boyfriend and I went on a hike on Mt. Tam and came across this rock amphitheater in the hills! It was so random haha. Of course he challenged me to 6 sprints – from the fence (you can see it in the background) up all the steps to the top. Unexpected intervals added into our hike!

Anyways here is a workout for you and your partner to do! Enjoy!

PARTNER WORKOUT –  One person does exercise A for 1 minute while your partner does exercise B for 1 minute; then switch. Do each set 3x before moving on to the next partner set. 

  • SET 1: A) Wide/Narrow Push Ups (Alternate 2 w/ wide hand stance, then 2 w/ narrow hand stance); B) Jump Rope (or “invisible jump rope” if you don’t have one – move arms as if you did)
  • SET 2: A) Speed Skaters (click here for how-to video); B) Forward Walking Lunges (make sure front knee does not go past your front toe – safety first!)
  • SET 3: A) Single Leg Squats (stand on one leg, decelerate SLOWLY until your butt touches a bench, couch, chair etc the stand back upright, switch leg every 3 reps); B) Four Square Jumps (keeping your feet together, jump forwards, right, backwards, left – like you are making a little box)
  • If you have time, finish with a two-mile walk or run with your partner!

Nobody to join you today? You can also do it by yourself! 🙂

Be Happy. Be Fit.