New Cardio Circuit

My Friday night looked like this:

  • Happy hour with coworkers
  • Late night subs from Firehouse workout 022
  • Movie and popcorn on the couch with Ryan and Sadieworkout 025

Not a bad lil’ Friday night, if you ask me!


This morning Ryan and I woke up around 8 a.m. and changed for the gym. It’s so much easier for me to get a workout in first thing on a Saturday morning. If I put it off until after lunchtime, I’m 10 times less likely to drag my butt to the gym.

I set out to complete two rounds of an awesome cardio/ total-body circuit workout that I stumbled upon yesterday when my friend Ben tweeted it to me.

His workout was slightly different, but my variation looked like this:

Each exercise should be performed for one minute, and then one minute rest before moving on to the next exercise.

  • Body weight squat
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Plank
  • Alternate leg lunge
  • Hip lift (lie on your back, knees bent, press your hips up, drop back down at a controlled pace).
  • Side plank (30 seconds each side)
  • High knee jog on the spot
  • Basic crunch
  • Mountain climbers

Ben’s workout includes a couple of different moves and calls for the circuit to be repeated three times. I did it twice before the loft where I was working out got a little too packed with people for my comfort.

The workout definitely got me sweating! Especially the mountain climbers… Phew!

After completing two rounds of that workout, I headed downstairs to finish up with 10 minutes of cardio on the stair stepper and 15 minutes on the elliptical.

While ellipticizing, I jammed out to the Pandora app on my new phone. Check out this little gem that made it into the rotation:

workout 028Too Close” by Next! You better believe that old school (wildly inappropriate) song got a thumbs up from this girl!

workout 029 I left the gym with greasy, sweaty and stringy hair. That’s the sign of a good workout, right?

After looking at that picture, I am suddenly hit with the urge to shower immediately.


After the gym, Ryan and I came home to refuel with his and hers smoothies for breakfast.

In the mix (for one smoothie):

  • 1 c. strawberry banana Chobani Greek yogurt
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 frozen banana

workout 032 Blend it up! workout 035 Gulp it down!

(About the cup… I told you my family loves these tervis tumblers! That cup was in Ryan’s Christmas stocking from my parents. That’s our wedding date, just in case you forgot. 🙂 )workout 036 This smoothie was cold, creamy and filling. It hit the spot!

Now we’re off to entertain Sadie at the dog park before I take that much-needed show-ah.

Enjoy your Saturday!


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