One of the things I love about my new style of working out is not having to work out for a long time in order to see results. Hiit workouts have been really effective for me in order to get a little cardio action in my routine. While I love to lift weights, sometimes it's not always possible to get to the gym if I'm traveling or something, so I'll do a routine like this.
I usually will do this three times through, but will modify to one set if I've got really low energy. One of the things I am really mindful of regardless of whether I'm practicing yoga, lifting weights or doing a hiit workout is listening to my body. When I have the energy to get a good workout in, I'll push myself really hard. But when I'm drained, I back off or take a rest day completely. I just think a super tired person is a risk for injury and what's the use in that?
Ok pep talk over.
Anyway! I like these moves because they're solid basics that you can also incorporate into a weightlifting workout or even a crazy yoga class if you're into a bootcamp style flow!
1. Burpees - These bad boys will get your heart a-pumpin'! Some people don't lay flat on the ground, some do - do whatever feels right for you. You'll squat down as shown, jump back, jump back to the squat and then jump straight up in the air. Option to clap the hands at the top or not.
2. Side jumps - At the gym, these can be done over the bar (incorporating some burpees if you really want to kill it), or use a court line or your imagination. As soon as I land on the balls of my feet, I explode over to the other side trying to go as fast as possible, and without re-setting a prep position. Option to do high knees here if you wanted to get crazy.
3. Walking lunges - These can be done holding weights or just bodyweight alone. The most important thing is to watch that front knee. Keep it directly over your ankle or slightly behind, but do not, under any circumstances, let it creep in front because it's a recipe for knee injury. Also, squat low to really feel the burn. Option to pulse once in the squat if you want to really work the bootay!
Big thanks to Puma for these bomb sneakers. The Ignite XT shoe is a training shoe that supports agility and multi-directional movement with great traction. There is a little extra thickness on the heel and medial and lateral sides to support side to side movements like the side jump I did above.
Let's talk - I'd love to know what routines you do when you're away from the gym to get in a good sweat. Do you have any props or weights that you use at home or are you more into bodyweight workouts?
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