A few weeks ago, while snowed in, Matt and I got in a fun total body circuit workout inspired by the CrossFit workout I did while in the Dominican Republic. I thought some of you might like to check it out, too, so here it is! Minimal equipment is required – just some hand weights, and it’s sure to get you sweating. (Try it at your own risk – I’m not a certified personal trainer, just sharing a workout that we liked.)
In case you don’t know what all of the moves are, here is some explanation in photo form! Enjoy the awkward lighting and lack of makeup. Just keeping it real over here. 😉
Get into a lunge, then jump into the air and land in a lunge with the other leg in front.
Do a push up, then lift up each arm into a row position (roughly 90 degrees) one by one – that’s one rep. I used 5 pound weights but would have used 10 pounders if we had them.
Pretty self explanatory – situps while holding a weight to your chest. I used two 5 pound weights.
Side Plank Arm Raises
Hold yourself in a side plank (either up on your hand, or down on your forearm to give your wrists a rest). Holding a weight in your top hand, lower your hand, then lift it back up. I used a 5 pound weight.
Squat while holding a weight. This should be on the heavier side – I used 25 pounds. A kettle bell would also work well here.
Y’s and T’s
I’m sure these have a more official name, but I don’t know what it is! Basically, lift your arms up into a Y position and a T position. If you have a TRX strap at home (we got this TRX kit for Christmas – so awesome), this is a great TRX exercise – the more horizontal your body is the harder the move will be. If not, I demo-ed the moves using 5 pound hand weights as well. Be sure to keep your back straight!
Here is the “T”:
And here is the “Y”. Clearly this is a tough move for me – couldn’t get my arms all the way up in line with the rest of my body! Something to work towards!
Feel free to do 30 minutes of as many rounds as possible, or just do a set number of rounds. When we did this workout, I forgot to time us, but we did 5 rounds in what I think was about 30 minutes.
Have fun! Let me know if you try it!
What’s your favorite workout move that only requires your bodyweight? Mine has got to be the squat or lunge – so effective, great strength building for running, and doubles as cardio if you’re doing jumping squats or lunges!