Total Body Finisher: A 7 Minute Circuit
The last 2 weeks I’ve been trying to up the intensity of my workouts. I really slacked off during the holidays and I’m trying to find my groove again. The struggle is real. I’m trying to run 3 days a week plus cross train 2 or 3 other days (keyword there is ‘trying’). One thing I’ve been doing the last 2 weeks is tacking on an additional 7 minute circuit to some of my workouts. So, after I run I will set a timer for 7 minutes and try to blow through a short circuit as many times as I can. Or after I complete an upper body workout at home, I will spend 7 minutes powering through some cardio exercises before calling it a day. I’m finding it’s a great little burnout to round out my sweat sessions. Today, I’m sharing one of those 7 minute circuits with you!
If you’re doing this circuit at home and you don’t have access to a step or a stability ball then I would swap the squat jumps on the step for regular squat jumps and replace the stability ball roll-ins with your favorite ab exercise or even just regular ole’ push-ups. You should still feel the burn. I just love jumping on the step when I’m at the gym because even though I’m doing 15 reps, I’m technically doing 30 squats since I squat on each landing. Does that make sense?
I know there are a few variations of man makers (or at least, I’ve seen a few variations in different workout classes I’ve tried). I opted out of the clean and press at the end and just did a little weighted jump, like I would if I was doing a burpee. Again, I hope that makes sense. My arms were feeling the burn after all those push-ups. I’ve got to get my upper body back in shape. Actually, my legs were feeling the burn too…so I guess I just need to get my whole body back in shape. Oh well. Isn’t that what January is for? Oh wait, it’s practically February now isn’t it? Whoops.
Anyways, as you go through this circuit as many times as you can, just keep telling yourself it is only for 7 minutes! That helps me to push a little harder and dig a little deeper because I know when that timer goes off I am D-O-N-E!
I filmed these exercises and the video will be posted to my Instagram later today, so if you want to see me looking like a weak, sweaty fool then check it out, fitness lovin’ friends!