Sweat It Out Cardio and Abs Circuit Workout

This morning I needed to change things up at the gym. I was in a restless mood and after 20 minutes on the elliptical, I was ready to complete a circuit workout that kept things moving.

Today’s circuit targeted my core and incorporated a lot of plyometric exercises that got my heart rate up fast.

Cardio and Abs Circuit Workout

Oh heeey burning abs!

I did each mini circuit three times through. That did the trick!


It was rather rainy outside when I went to make myself breakfast this morning, so I figured a pretty smoothie would be a good way to counteract the dreary day.

strawberry smoothie

Into the blender went:

  • 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 spoonful cashew butter
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • Enough almond milk to get everything moving

The strawberries dominated the flavor (and color) of this smoothie and that was fine by me. Love ‘em!

Speaking of strawberries, are any of my Florida friends out there planning to attend the Florida Strawberry Festival this year? Ryan and I went a couple of years ago and had berry good time.

Florida Strawberry Festival strawberry shortcake

In addition to lots of fun concerts and carnival rides, the festival also has some ridiculous food. We’re talking fried Twinkies, fried Oreos, fried Reese’s, doughnut burgers and more. If you want to clog your arteries, it’s pretty much the place to be.

February Book Club

With 39.25% of the vote, the winning book for the February PBF Book Club is…

blackberry winter sarah jio

Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio! We will be discussing this book on the blog on Tuesday, March 5.

Question of the Morning

  • Is there a festival or big outdoor event in your area that you look forward to attending every year?

Though it isn’t a festival, when we lived in Orlando, Ryan and I looked forward to attending the Baldwin Park Doggie Derby every year. If you’re a dog lover and live near Orlando, you have to go. It is so much fun! Sadie won one year and made us a little too proud. And that’s the last trophy that the Fagan family has earned. Ryan and I clearly need to step up our game.


  1. says

    We LOVE the Greek Festival in San Luis Obispo and the Lodi Grape/Wine Festival as well. We just moved to a new place and are looking forward to some new place to check out here, we live so close to the fairgrounds!


  2. says

    We go to Sasquatch, a music festival in Washington every year. :) It’s four days long in the Gorge – which is beautiful – and just chalk full of music and comedy and thousands of people. It’s awesome.


  3. says

    Thanks for the workout! I know what will I be doing tomorrow morning!
    About festivites: Cologne Karneval starts tomorrow morning! A lot of costumed drunkards singing old German songs and waving their beers in the rythm. Including about 1.2 milon tourists!
    If you can’t win them, you gotta join them! :)


  4. says

    The Lilac Festival in Rochester, NY!! It’s a 10 day fest and it’s one of, if not the oldest (if my memory serves me correctly) festival in North America…started way back in the 1800’s. There are 1000’s of lilac bushes, tulips, food, vendors, art, thousand’s of people and tons of fun!! Not to mention it smells divine!!


  5. Jen N says

    I live near Saratoga Springs, NY and this past weekend was Chowderfest! It was my first time going (15th year of Chowderfest) and it was awesome! Almost all of the restaurants in Saratoga participated and for a $1 per sample, you could try as many as you wanted. We spent $9 on samples (including dessert chowder) and had a great time! I look forward to next year.


  6. Pam Cook says

    I live in between Asheville and Hendersonville North Carolina and we have an Apple Festivle every year in September. There are tons of craft booths (my Mom makes pottery so we have a booth), all the good but bad for you fair food, lots of apples and food made from apples. My favorite is the apple pie ice cream. Also, all the stores on main st have awesome sidewalk sales. On the last day there is a parade. We go every year and love it!


  7. Ariana says

    I’m starting to get into blending and have been accumulating a lot of different smoothing recipes. What type of blender do you use? I have yet to invest in one and want to get some ideas of what’s good. Thanks!


  8. says

    oh it looks so nice outside where you are. Today I bundled up with my winter jacket and mitts. and to top it off tomorrow they are calling for a large snowfall. Enjoy some extra sun for me!


  9. Marlene says

    Yes, we will be visiting the Florida Strawberry Festival. I lived in Plant City as a child and we always looked forward to going. Took my kids when they were young and now I take my grandkids.
    I first started reading PB Fingers when the Florida Strawberry Festival posted a link on their FB page after you visited. Have enjoyed reading ever since.


  10. says

    I live in Tampa, FL and LOVE the Strawberry Festival! You HAVE to try the strawberry cookies from Parksdale Farms (if you haven’t already!) they are divine :) Have you ever gone strawberry picking? My mom and I go every year, load up and then make a ton of homemade jam.
    The Florida State Fair is in town this weekend!!! Have you been? Talk about fried food frenzy, for real!


  11. says

    Just did your workout featured above. Absolutely amazing! The “Holy abs” has been taken to a whole new meaning hahaa!

    Also, for your recipe today, what would you recommend for a cashew butter substitution? I am allergic to cashews.

    Thanks a bunch!


  12. Krystle says

    Glad to see you put up a new circuit! I’m excited to attempt this today!
    Do you usually do your burpees with our without the push up?
    Have an awesome FRIDAY!


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