Something New

Posted: October 27, 2011 at 7:49 am

Morning, friends! I hope you’re having a good week so far! I want to start this morning with a quote I found yesterday that fits blogging so perfectly.

Friendship is that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” ~ C.S. Lewis

Is that not the perfect quote for this fabulous community? Thanks for letting me be a part of it and for visiting me here at FFF. Big love! Red heart

I love coming here because I know you all will get my excitement over the following.

I got my “spice” back with two new strength training workouts this week!

Now, why can’t everyone get the cause for celebration in finding a new challenge in strength training? They’re missing out, don’t ya think? Winking smile 

What did I do to finally spice things back up? Since I like to save the best for last, I will talk about yesterday morning’s workout first.

Last Friday I discovered that my library has quite a few workout DVDs available for check-out. I scooped up Jillian Michaels’ The Shred and couldn’t wait to try it out!

Yesterday morning was finally the time to pop it in the DVD player and see how I fared against Jillian. Since each workout is 20 minutes in length, I decided to go through both Level 1 and Level 2 to get a bit more of a challenge.

Challenge, it was! At first, I thought it wasn’t too difficult…but by halfway through Level One I started feeling it. It progressed from there FAST! I was one hot mess by the end of my 40 minutes!!!

Looking a little something like this…

I think the many compound moves and those squat thrusts did me in. Whew!!!

As much as I loved The Shred (and can’t wait to give Level 3 a shot), I simply have to toot my own horn here a bit.

Monday morning I headed to the gym with a new circuit idea in mind. I had a feeling it either would either be a total flop or a total killer. If I’m talking about it…you know it was the latter. OH. Muh. Good-NESS!

I wanted something relatively quick (around 30 minutes), but with enough variety to switch things up from my regular weights routines. I went with the trusty circuit style, but instead of doing a few different circuits with 3 sets of each move, I went completely hodgepodge and did a different move each step along the way.

Let me explain a little better. I present you with the 5 x 5 circuit:


5 body parts x 5 moves per body part x 1 minute per move.

Basically, I crafted five DIFFERENT circuits. In each circuit, I picked a move for legs, chest, back, and shoulders, then finished with my fave move ever – the plank. I went through each circuit only ONCE, before going straight to the next one. I didn’t have a set number of reps for each move. I simply used the timer on my phone and completed each move for a full minute. Turns out – a minute is a long time in workout world!

Here’s a breakdown for you:

Told ya it was a good one! Be sure to let me know if you try it out! Or if you have any questions. Like “where should I keep my sweat towel???”. I think I may just have to do this again tomorrow!

  • Have you ever done The Shred?
  • What’s something other bloggers get your excitement over that friends and family do not?

PS – I’m not a certified trainer yet, so use this workout at your own discretion.

PPS – I can in fact do math, and know 5x5 is 25. The 30 minutes comes from the extra time added in for transitions/rest/etc. Winking smile

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63 Comments to “Something New”
  1. Rachel says:

    I love your 5×5 circuit! im gonna try it out for sure. out of curiosity, do you do these at home? hahah because i go to the gym alot and if i do these exercises there, it might be a little embarassing?… hahah maybe that’s just me. but i would definitely try it out at home! 😀 thank you tina!

  2. I love the Shred! I also recently discovered the workout dvd section at my library and I love it! I’ve never thought to do more than one level of the Shred at a time, but that is a dang good idea! I usually use the Shred for when I’m pressed for time, or as a supplement workout to my running days. I think two of those workouts back to back would make an awesome workout.

  3. Ohh that 5×5 looks awesome. I have printed it out and WILL try it. It’s so funny but I just made up a circuit yesterday and blogged about it. I’m not a personal trainer so I have no clue if my circuit was even a good one but it was a challenge and I was happy with my calorie burn so I guess it was good for me.

    I’ll have to modify yours because we don’t have some of the equipment in our home gym YET lol

    I did the Shred a few years ago.

    While I’m here, if you have a blog post on any good Pilates videos, hubby and I are all ears. We did the Gaiam Pilates lower body workout and weren’t real excited about it. It was a decent workout but we want something different.

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