Full Body Circuit Workout

For those of you who don’t know me, I thoroughly despise going to the gym in the evenings, and would MUCH prefer getting my butt out of bed at 5am, if only to beat the after-work crowd.  Plus, I like the feeling of starting my day with a workout.  I feel more refreshed and it’s nice to get it over with, because usually the last thing I want to do when I leave work is go to the gym.  Couch and my DVR, yes please!

Anyway, I decided to accompany Matt to the gym after work the other day.  The ONE bonus of breaking my routine is that at least I get in a little more face time with my husband. 🙂  After a 10min warm-up on the stair climber, I completed the workout below.  Enjoy!

Full Body Dumbbell Circuit Workout

Man Maker

Step 1:  With weights in hand, squat down and jump legs back to plank position

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Step 2:  Row one arm at a time

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Step 3:  Jump legs back in and up to squat position, weights on shoulders

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Step 4:  Thrust weights above head

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Leg Lifts

Step 1:  Lay flat on the ground, abs pulled in and back flat against the floor.  You can place your hands under your hips for additional control.

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Step 2:  Keeping your back against the floor, use your core to bring your legs up, perpendicular to the floor

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Single Leg Squats

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Upper Russian Twist

Step 1:  Start with shoulder blades on stability ball, arms straight above your body

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Step 2:  Keeping your hips level, rotate your upper body to one side, then the other

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Sumo Squat to High Pull

(I usually use a kettlebell for this exercise, but since I didn’t have one handy, I used a dumbbell)

Step 1:  Start with your feet wider than your hips, toes turned out

Step 2: Squat and bring the weight up to chest level as you stand

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180 Burpees

Step 1:  Start in a squat position

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Step 2:  Jump and do a 180 degree turn, landing again in a squat position

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Step 3:  Place your hands on the floor and jump your legs back into a straight arm plank position

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Step 4:  Come back up to a squat position, then repeat

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Up Down Planks (Plank Push-Ups)

Step 1:  Start on your elbows in plank position

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Step 2:  Push up, one hand at a time, until you are in straight arm plank position

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Step 3: Return to starting position, one arm at a time

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Hand Release Push Ups

Standard push-up, but bring chest all the way to the ground, bring hands off the ground and then push up to starting position

 

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