I’ll let you in on a little secret.
I HATE cardio.
I don’t mind HIIT workouts. Give me a good circuit any day. What I do hate is steady state cardio, no matter how good for you it is. I’m supposed to do MISS (medium intensity steady state) twice a week, per my WAG coach. So, twice a week, I begrudgingly tie on my running shoes and get outside. Or on a treadmill or spin bike.
Once in a while, I can’t make it to The Gym for training and don’t have the time to go for a run. This happened on Sunday, when Easter plans meant no training session. Not wanting to miss a workout, I put together a circuit I could do in my living room.
I know. It looks daunting at first glance. It’s really not though! It’s broken down into segments:
The cardio section changes each time, while only the number of reps changes for squats, planks, and crunches. It works as a ladder, going up and then down.
To do this workout, set a timer for 30 minutes. Go through the workout from top to bottom, one move after another. When you get to the end, take a minute rest, and start again. Repeat until your time is up. You may run through this once, you may make it three or four times. That’s what I like about this workout – you can adjust the intensity to suit your needs.
While no equipment is needed, you can scale this up by using a kettlebell during squats or extending the length of time in plank. Also, if you have a history of knee issues, I recommend replacing lateral bounds with another cardio move. Plank jacks could be a good alternative.
If you need more time between sets, rest for two minutes. I’m all about scaling workouts to meet people where they are!
Let me know if you give this one a go!