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Hi Everyone,

Welcome to a brand new week of workouts!

This week we have six workouts on the agenda. Get ready for a fantastic week of exercise to strengthen your body and improve your overall health and wellness. If you are brand new to BenderFitness workouts, remember that you can modify the exercises to suit your personal needs. That can mean doing a lower impact variation of an exercise, or adding weights to increase the intensity of the workout.

Any easy way to modify an exercise, is to take the plyometric (jumping) version of the exercise and make it low impact. For example, Squats can be substituted for Squat Jumps, or Alternating Lunges for Lunge Jumps. Side Planks are very challenging for most people, so if you aren’t quite ready for the harder variations, hold a static side plank. Remember to listen to your body and adjust as needed.

As you progress through these exercises you will build strength, endurance, power and overall fitness. When you stick to your program you will see and feel your body growing stronger. Before you know it, you will be pushing through these workouts for max reps without rest breaks.

This week’s schedule includes HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), LIIT(Low Intensity Interval Training), and Yoga. You will also get in a few Total Body Workouts, along with a Lower Body Workout and Core focused workout.

Thanks for working out with me! Have fun this week, and let me know which workout is your favorite! I love to see your workout check-ins. Feel free to tag me in your photos or videos on Instagram and I might share them to my story. Seeing your posts keeps me motivated.

Enjoy! Let’s get stronger together. 


PS You can find me on Social Media: @BenderFitness and on Facebook: @MelissaBenderFitness and Jesse is on Instagram: @BenderCrosby1

For my non-fitness related posts, I am on Instagram as @Melissa_Bender_Life

PPS If you want to help support BenderFitness so we can stay free and sustainable, your donation is greatly appreciated: https://www.patreon.com/BenderFitness 

It’s workout time! This week’s schedule is below.

Workout 1: Total Body Cardio Fat Burning Workout

Beginner: 10 reps
Intermediate: 15 reps
Advanced: 20 reps
OR: Interval Style 35 seconds of Cardio, 55 seconds Max Reps 
1. Mountain Climbers
2. Lunge Jump
3. Jumping Jacks
4. Dive Bomber/Up-Down Dog
5. High Knees
6. Pendulum Squat
7. Mountain Climbers
8. Oblique V-Up (right)
9. Jumping Jacks
10. Oblique V-Up (left)
11. High Knees
12. Single Leg Tricep Squat (right)
13. Mountain Climbers
14. Single Leg Tricep Squat (left)
15. Jumping Jacks
16. Plank Donkey Kick Side Jump
17. High Knees
18. Plie Jump
19. Mountain Climbers
20. Plank to Toe Walk
Repeat 1-3X

Workout 2: Standing Lower Body Workout

Interval Timer set for 15 Rounds of 10/50
1. Squat to Lunge-Right
2. Squat to Lunge-Left
3. Squat Jump
4. Table Kick-Right
5. Table Kick-Left
6. Low Jack
7. Warrior III-Right
8. Warrior III-Left
9. Lunge Jump
10. Sumo Twist-Right
11. Sump Twist-Left
12. Surfer
13. Curtsy Lunge Kick-Right
14. Curtsy Lunge Kick-Left
15. Pendulum Squat
Repeat 1-4X
Optional: Pair with 30 Minutes of Cardio

Workout 3: 18-Minute Total Body HIIT Workout

18 rounds of 10/30 and two dumbbells. 
Dumbbell Weight of Choice: Recommend 3-12 lbs. 

Repeat 1-3X

1. Dumbbell High Knees
2. Dumbbell Jump Squat
3. Spiderman Plank
4. Temple Tap Abs
5. Dumbbell High Knees
6. Dumbbell Jump Squat
7. Crunch and Tap
8. Heel Press Plank
9. Dumbbell High Knees
10. Dumbbell Jump Squat
11. Reverse Bicycle
12. Mountain Tapper
13. Dumbbell High Knees
14. Dumbbell Jump Squat
15. Hip Lift Hook
16. Forearm Plank to Down Dog
17. Dumbbell High Knees
18. Dumbbell Jump Squat

Workout 4: Plyo HIIT and Cardio Burn

Interval Timer set for 15 Rounds of 10/50.
1. Burpee
2. Mountain Climber
3. Jump Squat
4. Russian Kicks
5. Lunge Jump
6. Frogger
7. Surfer
8. Mountain Jumper 
9. Tuck Jump
10. Frog Hopper
11. Ninja Jump
12. Plank Jack
13. Speed Skater
14. Hip Lift Hook
15. Tuck Jump Burpee
Repeat 1-3X

Workout 5: Total Body Workout

Set Your Interval Timer for 10 Rounds of 10/30
*30-Seconds of Cardio Before Each Exercise*
Low Impact Burpee
Lunge to Hydrant-Right
Lunge to Hydrant-Left
Down Dog Cross Kick-Right
Down Dog Cross Kick-Left
Leg Drop Series
Reverse Plank Step Out
Angel Abs
Side Plank Foot Tap-Right
Side Plank Foot Tap-Left
Repeat 1-3X

Workout 6: Yoga Stretch and Strength

Workout 7: Rest or Active Rest Day

Rest Day. You can also choose to have an active rest day, and incorporate some gentle movement in your day. Keep it low intensity, you shouldn’t be getting out of breath or going at a higher intensity. Rest helps you gain strength and prepare for a new week of workouts.


  1. Erin J

    Yay, I forgot about the standing lower body workout you did with your friend. That’s one of my favorites… I mean I have a lot of favorites but still! Looking forward to this weeks workouts. AND good luck & Congrats on your soon to be bundle of joy! I’m secretly hoping she has dark hair and eyes like momma!

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