My cardio-loving friends, I have a kick-butt workout for you today!
Whenever I ask you guys what workouts you want to see more of on this blog, at home workouts, cardio workouts and quick workouts are typically the top requests I receive and today’s workout checks all three boxes!
Cardio HIIT Workout
This workout incorporates three blocks that you will rotate through four times. The first round is the longest (I told you I always like to get the hardest part of the workout done first!) and the duration of each subsequent round decreases a bit. Hopefully this serves as motivation to stick with it, knowing you’ll knock out the hardest part of the workout first!
Also, I am well aware that 90 seconds of some of these exercises is HARD. Taking breaks in this workout is NOT failing (always listen to your body!) but try to keep your breaks to 5-10 seconds, regroup and begin again. (You may also skip round one and begin at 60 seconds of each exercise until you feel more comfortable tackling a 90 second block.)
I hope you guys like this one! Let me know if you give it a shot and, as always, please listen to your body and rest as needed.
- BLOCK ONE
180-Degree Jump Squats: Begin in a deep squat position with your legs slightly wider than your hips and your toes pointing slightly outward. Jump up, twisting your torso and spinning your body around 180-degrees and landing softly in a squat position. Repeat, reversing the direction you jump and going back to your starting position.
High Knees: Engage your core and run quickly in place, bringing your knees up to waist height.
Crazy Jacks: Engage your core and bring your left knee out and up to waist height while simultaneously lowering your left elbow to reach your left knee. Quickly repeat the same motion on the right side of your body and repeat rapidly.
- BLOCK TWO
Criss-Cross Pick Ups: Begin with your feet shoulder-width apart and jump into a squat position, bracing your core and lightly touching the ground with your left hand. Jump up, criss-crossing your legs and landing back in a squat position, this time lightly touching the floor with your right hand. Repeat.
Butt Kickers: Begin with legs shoulder-width apart. Kick your right heel up toward your glutes. Quickly bring your right foot back down while kicking your left heel up toward your glutes. Repeat.
Star Jumps: Begin with feet shoulder-width apart and arms close to your body. Squat halfway down, reaching toward your left toes with your right hand and jump up, spreading your arms and legs away from the body in mid-air. Land softly, returning back to a halfway squat position and then repeat, reaching toward your right toes with your left hand.
- BLOCK THREE
Plank Jacks: Begin in a plank position, with your shoulders over your wrists, your core braced and your feet together. Jump your feet out wide and then back again while upper body remains in place.
Crossbody Punch: Begin in a halfway squat position with your shoulders relaxed and core engaged. Make fists with your ands and punch your left arm across your body toward the right. Quickly pull arm back and punch with your right arm across your body toward the left.
Photos: Stacey Lanier Photography
Location: Burn Boot Camp