Tuesday, January 21, 2014

That Time I Made Up a Workout

We've talked about how it's difficult for me to get to the gym right now. Ok, difficult is an understatement. It's impossible for me to get to a gym right now. Maybe some new mom's can do it, but it's just not in the cards for me right now. And, again, I'm OK with that. I dig at-home workout DVDs and can make do with what I have. However, you can only do Jillian so much before your muscles want to fall off from working the same ones over and over and before you want to gouge your eyes out with a spoon from boredom. Solution? Make up your own workout! So, that's what I did last week... sorta.

I combined a workout DVD and made up my own workout.

I started with 8-Minute Abs. If you haven't ever seen this classic 80's workout, it's worth 8-minutes just in entertainment. Hello spandex and soup cans. Check it out. You'll see exactly what I mean.

Annnnyway- so, I started with 8-Minute Abs. 
Then, every 3 moves (each move is like 45 seconds, I think) I paused and did between 1:30-3:00 minutes of cardio. What cardio can I do with no treadmill or elliptical at home and without being able to get outside (thank you very much, 1+ foot of snow... still)? Lots! I did the following:
-Jumping Jacks
-Mountain Climbers
-Twist jumps (like Jillian does in Level 2)
-Plank Jacks
-Running up and down the steps
-Running in place while punching up and down in the air
-High Knees
-Butt Kicks
-Jump Rope (minus the actual rope)

So, after the cardio burst, I went back to the DVD and did 3 more moves then another cardio burst.
After 8-Minute Abs, I continued on and did 8-Minute Arms using 8-pound hand weights, continuing with the cardio bursts. By the end, I did both 8-minute strength workouts and 20 minutes of cardio.

Then, I did a few planks to round out the workout and make it a solid 40-minute workout. At home. With only hand weights needed. And, I was SWEATING and PANTING. It was a damn good workout and, very importantly, the time flew by.

Just goes to show, even if you don't have much equipment and/or can't get out of the house, you can still get in a solid workout that doesn't feel like it drags on and on and on.

Done and done!


  1. Whew! What a great circuit! Do you have netflix? They have a lot of work out videos on there in case you want a variety.

  2. GOOD WORK!! =) PS - Germy, really? I'm checking out my netflix tonight!!