Hi Everyone! I have been MIA a bit this week because I have had a million and one things on my to-do list. I needed a good workout today, and this did it! I was feeling a bit “off” and unmotivated today. Maybe I’m tired, or maybe it’s the cold weather that refuses to leave, but I felt better after working out. This is a full body, high intensity (HIIT) workout. Every other exercise is burpees, but depending on your level you can also substitute high knees. As long as you are pushing yourself you are getting benefits. HIIT workouts are especially effective at burning fat, while maintaining lean muscle mass. The result is a metabolism boost that lasts for hours after your workout. Also, as your body fat drops, and your muscle mass increases you become tigheter, leaner, and burn more calories throughout the day. I found this workout challenging, and I hope you do too! Melissa
All Levels: Max reps during each interval. (60 seconds, 30 second Burpees)
Beginner: 10 reps, 5 Burpees Intermediate: 15 reps, 8 Burpees Advanced: 20 reps, 10 Burpees 1. High Knees 2. Burpee 3. Plank Jack 4. Burpee 5. Temple Tap 6. Burpee 7. Windshield Wiper Plank 8. Burpee 9. Ab Extension Pulse 10. Burpee 11. Warrior 3 Hop 12. Burpee 13. 1 Leg Hip Thrust (right) 14. Burpee 15. 1 Leg Hip Thrust (left) 16. Burpee
Plank Jack: In a forearm plank position jump your feet out as you would in a jumping jack. Jump them back together. That is one rep.
Temple Tap Abs: Lay on the floor, lift your legs, and shoulder blades off the floor, hands at prayer position at your chest. Reach your elbow toward the top corner of the mat, following with your eyes. Bring your hands to center, and then repeat the motion to the left for one rep. Shoulder blades and legs stay lifted throughout.
Windshield Wiper Plank: In a plank position step your foot out to the left, and then return it to central starting position. Repeat on the other side for one rep.
Ab Extension Pulse: Legs and shoulder blades lift off the floor. Low back stays on the ground and arms extend over your head. Lightly pulse, keeping the movements of your legs and upper body small. Your abs should be pulled in throughout the exercise.
One Leg Hip Thrust (part 1): Plant left heel on the floor with your knee bent at a 90 degree angle. Arms extend, fingers point toward your toes. Keep your right leg extended and foot flexed.
One Leg Hip Thrust (part 2): Pushing through your planted heel and both arms press your hips toward the ceiling until your body forms a straight line from shoulder to knee. Press your heel toward the ceiling. The focus is on the movement of the hips. The leg will follow. Repeat this on the other side.
Warrior 3 Hop: During Warrior III Pose the standing leg is slightly bent, back is flat, and your body hinges at the hips. Reach your arms and leg back behind you. Bring both feet together, hop into the air, and then perform this movement on the other side.
Burpee: When jumping push up through the heels to spring toward the ceiling.
Burpee: Jump up and reach as high as you can each and every time.