Thursday, May 16, 2013

Fitness: Quick & Simple HIIT Workout

Since DH is on day shift now and we actually get to see each other, we have been working out together in the evenings. His specialty is obviously strength training, so this is where he pushes me. But, he is not a cardio person, so this is where I have to push him. I came up with this quick and simple HIIT workout for us to do together in hopes of getting the most bang for our buck during our cardio session.

15 Squat Jumps
10 Burpees
(3 rounds)

20 Jumping Jacks
10 Speed Skaters

(3 rounds)

20 High Knees
20 Jump Rope
(3 rounds)



Let's go over some of the more 'unusual' exercises on this list.

Squat jumps:

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Squat jumps are simply when you squat down and jump up. Land lightly as to avoid knee pain and be sure to keep your knees behind your toes when you squat (you should be able to look down and see your toes when squatting.) You should have your body weight in the heels of your feet during a squat and you should be able to wiggle your toes. Don't forget to keep your core tight.

Burpees:

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Burpees are probably one of my favorite exercises. I don't know, but they just make me happy...Essentially you reach/jump up come down and place palms on the floor, jump back into a plank, jump your feet back in, stand up/jump up and do it all over again! Be extra careful to keep your core tight or you can injure your back.

Speed skaters:

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Speed skaters are when you reach up to one corner and then down to the other corner while 'hopping' from one leg to other. It is a later movement, so you are simply moving from one side to the other. Again, keep your knees soft during the landing here. Core is always tight!


Let me know if you have any questions and how it goes!

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