Hey Everyone! It’s Sunday…which means another crazy week is ahead of us. I’m trying to slow down today and take it easy, since I know this week is going to be busy. The idea of “slowing down” can be difficult for me, but I’m trying.
Chris and I have been experimenting a bit at the gym with boot camp style workouts. I have posted some before, but recently I have been researching the benefits of boot camp, which is essentially a circuit based training program. Circuit training programs typically consists of a series of strength training or cardio exercises performed back to back with minimal rest. What I have found is that circuit training has been proven to be just as beneficial as traditional cardiovascular exercise for improving fitness levels AND can result in higher post exercise metabolic rate and strength level! (source, source). Can’t beat that! Performing circuit based workouts typically take less than than traditional cardiovascular exercise or strength-based exercise since there is minimal rest between exercises, this also means that the heart rate stays elevated throughout the duration of the workout. Circuits also tend to involve multiple muscle groups, which tradition cardiovascular machines cannot achieve, meaning muscle strength is elevated (which means more calories burned!). Personally, I love circuit training because it’s fun and dynamic. I really hate doing cardio on the treadmill or elliptical and constantly staring at the clock…circuits really mix it up and make the time fly!
Anyway, boot camp workout typically combine strength and cardiovascular exercises to really work the entire body. Yesterday we did the following workout and it kicked our butts without running on the treadmill or really using any weights (other than 1 resistance band). We were in and out of the gym in about 45 minutes (which included our little photo shoot!) and absolutely drenched in sweat. I even left a super attractive sweat puddle on the floor where I was planking. This boot camp is written in a “peripheral heart action” style, meaning it alternates upper and lower body exercises, distributing blood flow between the upper and lower extremities, which could lead to improved circulation (source). It’s also just super challenging.
Boot Camp Bonanza
Complete each exercise in the circuit 8-12 times.
Complete 5 rounds, rest 30 seconds between rounds.
Resistance Band Squat and Press
Complete 3 rounds, rest 30 seconds between rounds
Battle Ropes 30s (switching between 2 arms and alternating arms).
I love mixing it up with body weight circuits like this one. Lifting is my first fitness love, but sometimes quick and dirty workouts like this are just what I need to recharge my exercising batteries. I am super sore today, which is an awesome feeling. I also just ate a giant quesadilla, which is an even awesome-er feeling.
That’s all I got.