Mega Circuit Workout

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.

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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:

Exercise Weights Reps
V-ups None 25
Kettleball swings 20 lbs. 50
Pushups (on my knees) None 25
Dumbbell high pulls 10 lb. dumbbells 25
Burpees None 10
Jumping jacks None 50
Burpees None 10
Dumbbell pulls with overhead press 10 lb. dumbbells 25
Mountain climbers None 30
Jump rope None 60 seconds
Jumping jacks None 100
Squats 20 lb. Kettleball 50
Squat jumps None 10
Pushups (on my knees) None 20
Alternating lunges None 20
Plank None 60 seconds
Jumping jacks None 50
Mountain climbers None 30
Ab bicycles 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.

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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!

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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

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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!


  1. Bev Cryer says

    I tried these pancakes this morning and giving you credit, copied the recipe on my blog,
    Yummy! Thanks!


  2. says

    Hi! I just came across your blog and fell in love with this recipe AND your workout! I am part of a workout group at my university, but since it’s the weekend, I won’t be with them and I am really excited to do this! I’m afraid I’ll look a bit crazy doing jumping jacks in the middle of the gym but hey, it’s about the workout, right? Can’t wait to try to these pancakes! Thanks so much!


  3. Stephanie says

    I finally made one of your pancake recipes and this was delicious! I made a couple subs on the oil and milk but they are great. And my little guy will eat them too with almond butter for a great protein meal.



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