Strength Heavy Circuit Workout

I was in the mood to shake things up a bit at the gym today and shake ‘em up I did!

After a 20 minute warm up on the elliptical, I went on to complete a circuit workout that concentrated mostly on total-body strength exercises.

My workout looked like this:

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The second circuit kicked my booty. Fifty mountain climbers is no joke!

I need to do more circuit workouts. They keep me interested and breathing heavy. Plus, the variety keeps my body guessing which is always a good thing since I seem to get caught in an exercise rut all too easily.


After braving a serious thunderstorm that rolled in while we were at the gym, we made it home and sat down to a comforting breakfast.

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A two-egg sandwich with cheese and jelly plus apple slices!

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The cool, crisp apple was a perfect addition to my typical egg sandwich. Mmm!

Time to get crackin’ on a freelance project! I’m writing about seafood for a summer publication. Talk about planning ahead!


  1. says

    Might be a silly question, but do you count one mountain climber as one knee in, or as both left and right knee in? I usually do mountain climbers by time rather than counting.


  2. Anne says

    How do you make up your workouts? You seem to just decide when you are at the gym. I’d like to follow a specific written program and thought about Jamie Eason’s 12 week trainer program,but I notice it requires 6 days in the gym later and a lot of complex gym equipment. I like to keep things simple but would like to also have strength and lean muscle. A written plan to focus on from week to week would be nice. Do you have suggestions for this?


  3. says

    I need to save this workout! I tend to look to you for strength training inspiration because i have no idea what I’m doing in the weight room of the gym. I definitely need to look up mountain climbers, although I thinkkk I have an idea what they are.


  4. Vanessa says

    Julie!! I have a question about your warmup’s before you weight lift, etc. So I too drag myself out of bed at 5AM to exercise and up until this week have never done any cardio prior to working out–I always had the misconception that I would not be able to push as hard during my weight’s circuit if I did…but I started running a fast 2 miles everyday before my workout, and so far so good, but I always feel like I can’t lift as much with my legs…so I guess what I am asking is if your 20 min’s on the elliptical is intense, or just moderate? Thanks!!


  5. KMurf says

    I love the pin it button! Also, I am probs the only ocd freak who noticed but the link in your tweet took me to some website about cloud cost efficiency or something! A good laugh when I was expecting a work out post! Needless to say I found your post anyway! haha


  6. says

    I LOVE circuit work outs, short and sweet. Most of the time I’m over before I know it and usually wanting more. That and running are my go to workouts 🙂

    Your breakfasts always look so yummy!


  7. Annie says

    hi julie! That pic of your breakfast looks absolutely yummy and got me craving eggs! How do you get them so crispy though? Do you use butter/mar/oil to fry them first and then add the cheese? Asking you because mine never look so good!


  8. Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled says

    That looks a great circuit workout! I love circuits too because they keep things fresh and are so challenging. Mountain climbers are the beast, though. Ouch!


  9. says

    My issue with mountain climbers is that I have to pause every so often to pull my shirt back down. Though I might do it a little more frequently than necessary just to give myself a little break… 🙂


  10. says

    I’m taking this workout verbatim today! Question, did you do the hamstring ball curls with a large medicine ball on your stomach? I think that’s how I do them!


  11. says

    Just wanted to pop in to say that I did Ryan’s Shoulder Move on Tues night at the gym. I can definitely see how it hits the entire shoulder and would help to add that nice cut right above the bicep and below the shoulder. Yay for buff arms! I’m also trying to do push ups daily thanks to Caitlin HTP’s little challenge.


  12. Erin says

    Did this workout today with a little something extra… in the middle of the 2 circuits we added 8 sets of sprints on the treadmill of 20 secs on/ 10 sec rest!



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