at-home circuit workout

Posted: November 5, 2010 at 11:11 am

Is it morning already??? was the first thought that popped in my head when my alarm went off today. Apparently, my body has something against me attending Power class this week. I didn’t sleep well at all Tuesday night before I planned to go Wed morning. And last night I couldn’t fall asleep until almost one am, leaving me exhausted this morning. I may not have felt up to a full hour of Power, but I knew a short workout would give me energy and still wanted to do something. Enter the resistance bands.

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I opted for some circuits today. I completed 20 reps of each move back to back without breaks. I used either dumbbells (DBs), the band, or my own bodyweight (BW). Then, I rested for a couple of minutes before going through the circuit again. I ended up doing the circuit 3 times through total.

Very basic, but it works to get the blood flowing and some sweat dripping.

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Plus, you could always make it more intense and get some cardio in there by adding in plyometric moves, such as burpees, mountain climbers, jump lunges/squats, high knees, speedskaters, etc. You could also mix it up and do less reps with more weight (relative to your body’s capabilities). I did 20 reps because I have to keep my weights light during pregnancy.

Can you tell I miss planning my own workouts? ;) I love putting things like this together and sharing them. Expect to see a lot more once I’m designing my own again post-baby. Just always keep in mind I am not a certified trainer (yet?) and only share ideas, which you can use at your own discretion.

That’s my disclaimer sign. Trying to be a responsible blogger. ;)

I have to say that I’m actually pretty proud of myself for completing the workout. Not because it was too tough for me, but because I sometimes still struggle with the all-or-nothing mentality. I almost decided to do nothing because I didn’t feel up to an hour of Power and didn’t want to go to the gym. I knew I would feel better and more energized, so I told myself to try doing something at home for a short time because something still counts. It went better than expected. Success!

Now, I have quite a few to-dos I want to work on. It’s going to be a busy day and weekend knocking out some writing tasks (a query to a pregnancy/baby’s-first-year website and magazine) and some of that organization I need to get done. But first, a fun (and short) Friday Q + A! ASK ME ANYTHING if you have a question you would like answered for this series.

If money were absolutely not an issue, what indulgent thing would you buy for yourself? Two words – personal chef! :D

  • What would you buy yourself if money were not an issue?
  • Do you enjoy reading workouts other bloggers post? I’m trying to gauge interest for sharing workouts I plan and do post-baby.
  • What areas do you face the all-or-nothing mentality? I don’t ever really feel it with food anymore, but still sometimes with workouts. And, when I have a lot on my plate, I sometimes freeze up thinking I won’t be able to do it all and then don’t want to do any of it.

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60 Comments to “at-home circuit workout”
  1. Heather says:

    thanks for sharing this with me today on my post about strength training! I am def marking this post in my favorites and adding it to my plan for this week to give it a try!

  2. [...] I still try to fit in some weight training. It’s more difficult than earlier in the pregnancy, when I would still regularly attend BodyPump classes, but I can choose from a variety of moves that remain comfortable. As long as I keep the weights light, things like lunges, squats, bicep curls, and triceps extensions work just fine. See one of my favorites I shared before here. [...]

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