Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Homemade Goodness

One would think by the title that this is where some delectable recipe would reside but nay, it's about making your own awesome.  I'm sure most of you are familiar with the "Curves" concept of circuit training...a few minutes doing cardio then switch to a minute or two of strength.  We've put together our own circuit workout that we've been doing for about 3 weeks now.  I love it.  I put on a good cardio mix of booty shakin' music and we go to town.

For cardio we set up the treadmill (at varying inclines), the water rower and the step.  For strength and abs we set up the mats on the floor for sit ups, planks, push ups etc and we have the weight bench pushed up against the weight tower so I can do incline push ups or "mountain climbers" and other plyo.  I can do about 50 minutes and burn 1000 calories.  We will pull from other strength workouts we like to keep our heart rate up like many moves from Atletica or Supreme 90 Day which is WAY harder than I gave it credit for.  I think this will be a good one to keep things interesting!

Do you do circuit training?  Do you make up your own workouts and if so, what are they?

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  1. That sounds really great! I do Curves (blech), but also 2 nights a week I do Curves w/ Zumba instead of the regular circuit and I really like that. I have also been doing 30 day shred as "plan B" for days I can't make it to Curves.

    My preference is to go for a long walk, but I generally don't have the time so I need something with a higher time/calories burned ratio. Plus when I walk I tend to skimp (or skip) the strength part and with a circuit workout it's built right in so I can't.

  2. What an excellent idea! I think that may just be the perfect way to keep myself from getting bored.
    Thanks for sharing your journey and your thoughts with the world.

  3. I've been doing circuit training from day one (Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred was my first exercise DVD and I still use it now). While I still love my dvds (JM and Bob Harper) I've started making my own routines, too.

    I use my stepper as a weight bench and try to alternate upper and lower body. My latest routine is three rounds, where round one and two are different and three is both combined.

    I get in chest presses, rows, curls, tricep stuff, walking planks, pushups to weighted t-stands, squats, deadlifts, abs (upper and lower) and usually end it all with some step aerobics.

  4. I used to do Curves and at the time I really liked it. This should be a good program for you. Good luck!

  5. I like videos. I'm a very creative person generally speaking, but when it comes to exercise, not so much-lol! I do enjoy some good circuits when someone is telling me what to do :).

  6. With a bum knee and a missing little toe, I am not good at floor exercises, yet. I do, however, ROCK in the water. Two weeks now of not missing a week day. I had gotten slack and have not gotten back to the kind of dedication I once had. They teach a 45 minute class that is mostly cardio. We adjunct it with water jogging into the strong jet stream and doing routines the physical therapists there helped me devise for upper, lower, and core, using the paddles, water dumbbells, balance boards, noodles (for lower), leg weights. I guess if circuit training can be done in the pool, that's what we're doing! OYE but my upper tummy muscles are yelling at me. lol It feels SO good to be back on track. I'm nowhere even in the same realm as you and your Mr, but for where I am, I'm doing much, much better with my consistence. Thank God Leah and her hubby moved here. I will roll my lazy hiney over in the morning and go back to sleep instead of getting to that 7:30 a.m. class, but I WON'T let my friend down, so off I go every morning, lest I disappoint her. It's working! lol


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