Hello! Today I (finally) have that holiday inspired workout I promised last week. I noticed my server went out again Friday. Sheesh. Sorry, guys!
Since the Internet Gods are on my side today, I’ll go ahead and get to the good stuff. Are you ready for a total body cardio circuit workout you can complete at home in under 30 minutes?
This workout was inspired by a killer small group training class at my new home gym last week. I changed up the reps, exercises, and added the jumping jacks, but the original structure was anything but easy.
This circuit workout is a two-for-one and is designed to get your heart rate up while hitting all of your major muscle groups. It’s a great one to complete at home when you’re just not into going to the gym. And believe me… it happens to all of us, especially in the dead of winter.
Get ready for a sweat fest, my friends!
Holiday Jump & Jack (Cardio) Circuit Workout
All you need to complete this one is a set of dumbbells (preferably a light and medium weight) and a rockin’ playlist.
If you have access and space to a jump rope, by all means use it. If not, you can pretend and jump without one.
There is an asterisk (*) at the end of the exercises that require or suggest using dumbbells. Obviously the curls and extensions require them, but the added weight is completely optional on moves like lunges and twists.
I love using dumbbells for lunges, but please make sure that you have the proper lunging technique down before you add anything to it.
If you are new to some of these exercises or are in need of form cues, please see the video references below to give you a visual. I wrote out form tips for the first exercise since I couldn’t find a credible video for the exact move with voiceover tips. Hopefully this helps!
Grab a pair of dumbbells and hold them with straight arms next to your sides. (<- optional) Your palms should be facing each other.
Step backward with your right leg, and lower your body until your left knee is bent at least 90 degrees and your right knee nearly touches the floor. Push yourself back to the starting position by pressing into the floor.
You can repeat the same side and then switch half way through or alternate sides for your reps. Aim to keep your front heel under your knee and avoid leaning forward or back.
If you decide not to use dumbbells for either set of lunges, place your hands on your hips and concentrate on your form!
I completed this circuit two times through in just under 25 minutes.
Please listen to your body, modify exercises, and rest as needed!
I hope you enjoyed the workout and have a wonderful rest of your Monday.
Disclaimer: Although I am a certified personal trainer, I am not necessarily your personal trainer. The workouts I post are what work best for me and might not be the right type of exercises for you. I always recommend consulting a doctor or health professional before making changes to your diet and/or fitness routines. <3