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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Circuit Training

Carla asked me to share my circuit training routine. *waves at Carla*

I don't have an actual "routine" per se... what I do is set my timer for 35 seconds, so it repeats. Then I do a move until the timer beeps and then do a different move.

I use five pound weights and I'll do:

- lunges with bicep curles
- squats with raises
- shoulder raises
- pretty much all the weight moves from my biggest loser dvd's (shred & bob's bootcamp)
I just keep mixing it up.

I'll also do cardio moves for the 35 seconds, so I'm really sweating by the time I'm done

- jumping jacks
- butt kicks
- jump rope
- knee raises
- step aerobics
- moves from the aerobic tapes I do

The point is to just switch it up every 35 seconds (the five seconds allows you to work hard for 30 and gives you 5 to get in position), and keep your body going. Seriously sweaty workout, and it doesn't give you time to rest. It burns wicked calories and is an intense workout.

You do what you know pushes your body. And you do it until you are tired.

I did 45 minutes of circuit training and then another 10 minutes of ab work (still utilizing the beeper) and then did five minutes of stretching (felt sooooo good).

The best thing about it is that you don't get bored, because you are thinking of what your next move will be, and as you are thinking it, the beeper goes... you don't have TIME to get bored. And with no set routine, you can do what feels great. If your shoulders are tired, do something lower body. If your legs are tired, do something upper body. Gives time to rest without lowering your heart rate.

Thanks for wondering,



Krista "Phoenix" said...

I love this idea! Not sure I could make it to 45 minutes at my current level of fitness, but I think I might try this tomorow! :)

♥ Dee ♥ said...

But that's the beauty of it... you go as long as you can. Just make sure you end with a good stretching session.

Use lighter weights at first.

Remember, you need to PUSH your body to make the changes. As Jillian says, when it becomes uncomfortable, those are the ones that count the most. I go till it is really freakin hard and I want to quit, then count five more. And I never quit before the beep.

Squishy ! said...

Sounds like fun, Dee! I'd like to do more circuit training. I'm kind of indecisive sometimes though, so I worry that I'd waste too much time trying to think up exercises instead of doing them. *laughs* I guess I'll just stick with Jillian for a while. Shred level 2 is still completely kicking my arse.
:o )

Saje said...

Thanks for the tips! I've never heard of a timer that resets itself over and over... where might I purchase such an item?

♥ Dee ♥ said...

Mine is a running watch. It has an interval timer on it. It's an Ironman and was on sale for $70.

Hmmmm, try googling "interval timer" and see what comes up.

Sharon said...

Oh wow, awesome idea!!!

Saje said...

Thanks for the info!