Being able to change into workout clothes, step into my backyard and be drenched in sweat within 20 minutes is the main reason that I LOVE CIRCUITS!
I am all about adding as much variety as possible to my exercise routine which is why I try to avoid doing the same workout twice. But on some days, the thought of coming up with a new sequence is enough to make me feel like skipping it altogether. And on those days, this is my fall-back.
Since I do this workout periodically, it’s been really fun to feel it get easier and easier with time. At first, I did each of the exercises for 30 seconds and rested for 30 and found it such a doozy. These days, to get myself panting just as hard, I usually do them for 45 seconds each with 15 seconds rest in between. In yo face, past Jacklyn! But seriously, I highly recommend setting a “benchmark” workout to feel like a baller when you start crushing your old times.
This is a great workout to do at home or when travelling since it requires very little – or no – equipment. The box jumps can be substituted with tuck jumps if you don’t have a box around. And I promise that they’re equally as difficult and efficient! The kettlebell swings can be done with a dumbbell or anything weight-bearing that you can find laying around.
Here are a bunch of really awkward pictures of me demonstrating each exercise. I hope they bring you as much enjoyment as the people in the park watching my boyfriend take pictures of me doing jumping jacks must have got.
Jump horizontally from one foot to the other, getting as much distance between jumps as you can.
Kick one foot back behind you as close to your booty as possible. Alternate feet.
Get into a ready position and then explode upwards, getting as high
into the air as possible and tucking feet as close to the bum as possible.
Bring any weight-bearing object between your legs as far back as
you can reach and then drive it up over your head, hinging from the hips. Repeat.
Tilt the pelvis forward and bring the knee up as close to the chest as possible.
Continue while alternating knees.
Put your hands to the ground and jump your feet back into a plank position.
Jump the feet back up to the hands and jump up into the air, reaching above the head.
Jump feet out just past shoulder-width apart while simultaneously bringing hands overhead.
Bring arms back down while jumping feet back together and repeat.
Let me know if you try it!!