Hello! Happy Tuesday.
Tuesdays are always one of my favorite days of the week. For over a year now I have been teaching the same group-ex class, Total Body HIIT, early in the mornings. Every week I show up with a new workout, and every week a hard-working group of smiling faces shows up, ready to sweat! Can you believe I’ve actually had a couple people with me since my very first class?
Anyway, that class is a good place for me to try out some of my crazy ideas but we also go back again and again to the things I know always work. And by work, I mean effective, easy and versatile. Each person in my class is totally different! Those in their late 50’s, early 20’s, with lots of experience, with little experience, and everything in between. The beauty of these classes is that they are just as effective for each person, not only because are they adaptable, but because it’s all about the effort YOU give.
The other thing I love about Tuesdays is taking a HIIT class at a different gym in the evenings. While I love developing my own classes and workouts, sometimes it’s fun to turn that part of your brain off and focus solely on the workout you’re given. Plus it’s a great opportunity for me to see what other trainers and instructors are doing and use some new ideas for my own class.
Below is a workout that strays a little from the normal routine of each class, but still incorporates those principles I mentioned above. For this one you’ll need a mat or towel, a set of dumbbells (moderate weight), and a jump rope!
Set you timer for a 3 minute interval followed directly by a 2 minute interval.
The 3 minute AMRAP (as many reps as possible) will be a cardio and strength challenge. Complete the prescribed reps for each of the 2 exercises, repeating until the time is up. Once the 2 minute set hits, grab your jump rope and starting jumping. Any variation of jumps, mix it up!
There will be no formal rest in this workout. Use the first 20-30 seconds of the jumps to catch your breath and recover.
You’ll do each set only once for a 30 minute, total-body strength and cardio challenge.
As you can see, Tuesdays are a tiring and sweaty day for me but, it has always been one of my favorites and I hope to keep it that way!