Thank you all for the kind comments and emails on yesterday’s post. My intention in the post was to just share some of the stuff that’s been going on lately, but not to give the impression that I’m unhappy with my life. I hope the post didn’t come across as negative, that was not my intention.
For awhile now I’ve been talking about changing my workout routine. Well enough TALK! It’s time to DO. I’ve been doing my new routine for two weeks now. I want to confess something: I have a newfound love of body weight exercises. While they aren’t new to me, they have now become a big part of my gym sessions. Dare I say–I might even like them better than straight cardio workouts. Why? Because they kick my butt. My heart rate gets higher doing these exercises than it ever does on a cardio machine!
I want to share my current circuit weight machine that I’m doing with you guys. Tailor it to your own abilities and as always, consult with your doctor or a personal trainer before trying something new. I don’t do all of these exercises every time. I mix them up, I do other moves and I add machines into the routine often. But this is just a general idea of some of my favorite exercises right now.
I do between 8-15 at a time right now, 4-7 times.
I do 10 reps 4-6 times.
Side Lunge with Rotation
This is a new exercise that I’ve added to my circuit and I love it! It’s pretty easy to do. Here is a little demonstration on how to do it:
I got this exercise in my Nike Training Club app one day at the gym when I wanted to add something new to my circuit workout. This one is really fun but you have to hold a fairly heavy medicine ball to really feel it!
10 reps 4-7 times, depending on how my knees are feeling. Sometimes if I’m feeling really strong, I do the “squat press” which is where you do squats and then raise the free weights above my head.
Step-Ups with Overhead Weights
I was using two 15 pound free weights for this but recently increased it to two 17.5 weights.
The step-up exercise is a great leg workout and I feel like it helps me with my balance issues. I don’t have great balance and tend to be kind of clumsy. I’ve noticed that I feel more stable now that I’ve been doing these step-ups for about 6 months now.
Alternating Step Back Lunges
These are surprisingly difficult. I thought they would be easier than the traveling lunges, but for some reason I feel these much more in my quads and not in my glutes like the other lunges. I also struggle with staying balanced. I need a lot more practice with this exercise!
Russian Twists are awesome and pretty easy to do for ab exercises. My friend Robyn said that they frequently aggravate her lower back when she does them, so if you have back issues you might want to talk to your doctor before trying these.
I do between 20-30 reps three or four times in a workout. I use between a 10-12 pound medicine ball.
I do about 4 or 5 at a time, turn around and do 4 or 5 back to where I started. I’ve increased the weight that I hold as I do the lunges to two 15 pound weights.
I would much rather do a few REALLY good lunges, then do more but they are sloppy because I get fatigued. Once I get used to this routine, I’ll increase the weight again. I’m almost ready!
I like doing bicep curls because they make me feel really strong. I do 10-12 curls three or four times during my circuit.
I’m currently at two 17.5 pound weights. I’m excited that I can consistently increase the weight. Although, I’m not seeing a ton of change in the amount of loose skin I have in my arms (from losing so much weight). Bicep curls are great for strengthening your upper body and will make your arms look nice in short sleeves.
I do all the above exercises in a circuit. I don’t always do all of them in one session, but this is a general idea of what I am doing in the gym right now. I love it! This routine makes me feel so strong. I feel like my legs are getting stronger, my stability is increasing and my recovery time is much faster. Instead of being crippled and sore for almost a week, I can now walk like a normal person in just a day or two. Progress.
QUESTION: Do you do circuit exercises? What’s in your rotation right now?