Clearly I like making up my own workouts. This blog would be strikingly different if I didn’t. And while the fitness routines I post here each week keep me healthy and fit, I still love trying out others’ workouts. It gives me new ideas for exercises to incorporate into my own torturous creations, and it keeps my personal fitness routine from getting boring. Thanks to Pinterest (damnit I just can’t quit you!), it’s easy to find online workouts you can do at the gym and from the comfort of your own home. I want to start sharing with you some of my favorite finds from around the web, so I’ll start doing these little roundups monthly.
Amazing Abs Workout from the BodyRock Archives
I don’t follow BodyRock anymore (which I think is changing its site name to The Daily HIIT?), but in college I lived and breathed by these workouts. The site was started by Zuzana and Freddy Light, but when they decided to divorce and went their separate ways, I followed Zuzana with her new ZWOW pursuit and left Freddy and his creepy, over-sexualized fitness blog behind. But I still like going back in the BodyRock archives and doing Zuzana’s old workouts, and I did this one the other day. It’s quick (only 12 minutes long), but it’s challenging. You will be BURNING during the kick-up/mountain climber peak segment. ORIGINAL WOKOUT HERE.
Bob Harper’s 20-Min Circuit Workout for Fitness Magazine
Any Biggest Loser fans out there as obsessed with Bob Harper as I am? I love that man. So, naturally, I had to try his 20-minute circuit workout as soon as I stumbled upon it. I made a couple modifications to increase the challenge:
- Added weights to the alternating lunges by holding a 10-lb kettle bell in each hand
- Used a 15-lb kettle bell for the side shuffles
- Did a full side burpee (with jump) instead of just standing
I loved the routine with my modifications and my thighs were feeling it the next day! ORIGINAL WORKOUT HERE.
The Core Challenge from Tribe Sports
I like doing short ab workouts before heading out on my morning run—for many reasons. First off, you burn more calories during cardio if you do some form of weight training beforehand. Second, we all have our pesky problem areas and mine just happens to be my midsection ($10 says my mom is reading this sentence, shaking her head and thinking well maybe you should stop drinking so much beer!…no one asked you, Mom!). As an added bonus, in the wintertime, it’s a great way to crank up my body temperature before venturing out into the freezing pre-dawn Boston air.
I love switching up my ab workouts, so when I found this Core Challenge from Tribe Sports on Pinterest, I was excited to give it a try. It takes about 10 minutes to complete and gave me a good burn. Definitely pair it with some cardio. ORIGINAL WORKOUT HERE.
FitSugar’s Total Fat Burning 0-60 Workout
This workout from FitSugar takes about 20 minutes to complete and I found the 60-second plank unusually challenging when done at the end of the sequence. I went for a quick run after I did it for a nice well-rounded morning workout. ORIGINAL WORKOUT HERE.
ZWOW #46: Tight Space Workout from Zuzka Light
As I mentioned earlier in this post, I love Zuzana Light and her workouts. They’re short but oh-so-brutal. ZWOW #46 caught my eye because it only requires a set of hand weights (I used two 10-lb weights) and you can do it in the smallest of rooms. I didn’t beat Zuzka’s time (I never do), but I finished in a respectable 14:49 compared to her 13:45. Try it out and see how quickly you can do it—without cheating or sacrificing your form. ORIGINAL WORKOUT HERE.
I’ll post another roundup at the end of February to highlight some of my favorite online workouts from the upcoming month. Have any you think I should try? Let me know in the comments section!