Boy oh boy do I have a great workout for you today!
Last week I received an email from blog reader Lindsay W. who sent me the run down of an awesome workout that she and her friend did last week. The workout combined cardio, strength and plyometric moves and immediately sparked my interest.
I jotted it down and stuffed it in my gym bag to dig out when I felt inspired to give it a go.
Today was that day and I modified Lindsay’s workout a bit and combined it with another one of my circuit workouts until I got this mega-circuit workout:
|Kettleball swings||20 lbs.||50|
|Pushups (on my knees)||None||25|
|Dumbbell high pulls||10 lb. dumbbells||25|
|Dumbbell pulls with overhead press||10 lb. dumbbells||25|
|Jump rope||None||60 seconds|
|Squats||20 lb. Kettleball||50|
|Pushups (on my knees)||None||20|
|Crunches to left||None||25|
|Crunches to right||None||25|
The entire circuit took me just under 30 minutes and left me nice and sweaty.
See the sweat in my hair? Oh so sexy, I know.
It was intense and definitely got my heart rate up, but the balance of high-intensity moves with lower-impact exercises gave me time to recover before conquering a hard move (like mountain climbers!) again.
I rounded out my workout with 20 minutes of light cardio on the elliptical with Ryan.
After our workouts, it was breakfast time!
On the menu for today was honey whole wheat chia seed pancakes!
Honey Whole Wheat Chia Seed Pancakes
Makes 8 – 10 pancakes
- 1 c. whole wheat flour
- 1/2 c. old fashioned oats
- 1 c. milk
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp. canola oil
- 2 tbsp. honey
- 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds (plus more for garnish)
- Syrup or other desired toppings
- Spray griddle or pan with cooking spray and heat to a medium heat
- Beat egg and add milk and oil
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, oats, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt
- Slowing stir flour mixture into egg mixture
- Add honey and stir until combined
- At the last minute, stir in chia seeds
- Pour 1/4 c. portions of batter onto griddle and cook until edges of pancakes start to bubble and bottoms are light brown
- Flip and cook until centers are completely done (about three to four minutes)
- Top with syrup, additional chia seeds or desired toppings and enjoy
These pancakes were really dense and delicious! I think the leftover pancakes would actually make a great on-the-go snack. I bet they’d be fantastic topped with Greek yogurt and fresh fruit as well.
And now it’s workin’ time. I need to make this morning productive because Ryan and I also hope to spend some time today packing up all of our stuff for the big move. It’s overwhelming!