This morning when the alarm went off at 5:05 a.m., Ryan rolled over, asking me if I wanted to sleep in.
I mumbled yes and we slept for another glorious hour and a half.
At 6:30, I awoke, got dressed and sat down at the kitchen table, debating in my head what kind of workout I wanted to do. Usually I’m on autopilot in the morning and go right to the gym without really thinking about my workout, but today I was feeling inspired to change things up a bit.
I remembered seeing an awesome circuit-style workout on Tina’s blog yesterday and thought that seemed like a good way to go. I took a few minutes to jot down my own circuit workout to complete when I arrived at the gym.
My circuit looked like this:
- Jumping jacks – 50
- Squats with 25 lb. kettleball – 20
- Squat jumps – 20
- Alternating lunges – 20
- Burpees – 15
- Push ups (on my knees) – 25
- Mountain climbers – 30
- Crunches on exercise ball – 50
I did the circuit three times through which took me slightly less than 25 minutes. I really liked how this circuit seemed to build in intensity. I didn’t begin with burpees (the hardest thing for me) right out of the gate, but rather built up to the harder exercises with slightly easier ones like jumping jacks.
I rounded out my workout with 20 minutes of light cardio on the elliptical with People magazine.
This workout was no nonsense!
Who owns socks like these? I mean really.
Just in case you’re a circuit workout lover, you may also enjoy these workouts:
After a quick walk with Sadie, it was breakfast time!
I saw a guy sipping on a delicious-looking smoothie from my gym’s café as I was leaving morning and knew that was exactly what I wanted… but I saved the $4 and made my own.
Booya, Tropical Smoothie Café!
Served in my favorite Anthropologie mug!
This smoothie tasted like a chocolate and banana cloud. It was so light and fluffy, but thick at the same time.
In the mix:
- 1 c. milk
- 1 scoop chocolate casein protein powder (makes smoothies extra thick!)
- 1 extra large frozen banana
- 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
- 1 extra large handful fresh spinach
Garnished with chia seeds!
This was one of the best smoothies I’ve had in a while. The perfect post-circuit workout treat!
Now it’s time to tackle my email inbox. It’s currently giving me the evil eye for neglecting it since lunchtime yesterday.