Quick HIIT Workout for Upper Body and Core (13 Minutes)

Quick HIIT Workout for Upper Body and Core (13 Minutes) - free video included so you can follow along at home!Lately I’ve been making a concentrated effort to incorporate more push ups into my workouts. I sometimes get frustrated that I *still* struggle with push ups after years and years of working out, but it’s my own fault—I avoid them! (Anyone else guilty of avoiding exercises at which you’re not that great??) Today’s quick HIIT workout for upper body and core includes a couple different push-up variations for that very reason.

Quick HIIT Workout for Upper Body and Core (13 Minutes)

This workout is broken up into three, four-minute superset HIIT circuits. You’ll rest for 30 seconds in between each circuit. For each HIIT circuit, you’ll do six rounds of 30 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest, alternating between two exercises.

EQUIPMENT I USED:

Quick HIIT Workout for Upper Body and Core (13 Minutes) - free video included so you can follow along at home!

SET 1

Low Push Up Jacks | Lower down to a low push up position and hold there with your body hovering off the ground, abs held in tight. Holding here, jump your feet out wide and then back to the starting position. Press back up to high push up. If you need to modify, drop your knees into a modified low plank hold and then straighten your arms, and once arms are straight, lift your knees up into your starting plank position. If you’d rather do a tricep push up (elbows in tight to the sides of your body) that’s an option as well.

Plank Jump to Marching Plank | Start in a high plank position. Jump your feet up towards your hands, bringing your knees toward your chest. Immediately hop them right back out into high plank. March down to forearms, one arm at a time, and then back up to high plank one hand at a time. That’s one rep.

SET 2

Full-Body Crunch with Twist (use weight) | If a Russian Twist and a Sit Up had a baby, this would be it. Start laying on your back with the weight overhead in outstretched arms and your legs extended. Legs and arms should be hovering. From here, you’re going to crunch your knees into your chest as you lift your torso up to meet them and bring the weight to the outside of your right knee, twisting to that side (so you’re balancing on your tailbone at the top of the crunch). Reverse back to starting position and repeat, this time twisting and crunching up to the left.

Scissor Kicks | Lay on your back with your legs outstretched, hovering off the ground. Your shoulders should be crunched off the ground as well with your hands lightly behind your head and elbows out wide. Holding this position, scissor kick your legs over and under each other.

SET 3

10 Mountain Climbers 1 Push Up | Start in a high plank position. Do 10 Mountain Climbers (5 to each side) and then one push up. To modify, drop to your knees for the push up.

Leg Lift to Toe Touch | Start laying on your back with weight held above your chest and legs straight to the ceiling. From here, lower your legs to a hover and then back up. Crunch the weight up towards your toes.

Quick HIIT Workout for Upper Body and Core (13 Minutes) - free video included so you can follow along at home!

WEARING | Alo Yoga Moto Leggings (also available in high waist) // Zella tank c/o Nordstrom // adidas UltraBOOST sneakers c/o Finish Line

If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you never miss a video! I’ve got a new recipe one coming your way Sunday and another workout next week. 🙂

And if you like this workout, I’d suggest giving this similar workout a try (more upper body, similar format).

Enjoy your weekend!

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Leg Day Workout: Sprints + Bodyweight Exercises

Try this leg day workout next time you want a lower body burn. You'll mix sprints with bodyweight exercises.
This post was made in partnership with Finish Line. All opinions—as always!—are my own. I appreciate your support of the brands that make this blog possible. 🙂
I can’t name another running shoe that is as consistently praised as the adidas UltraBOOST (in the blogging world, anyway). And after years and years of hearing people rave about them, I finally got to give these sneakers a try as part of Finish Line’s Shoes So Fresh campaign. Honestly, they really do live up to the hype. So. Comfortable.

You know when you get new workout clothes and the prospect of wearing them gets you excited to break a sweat? Well for the first time in over a year (since the 2016 Boston Marathon, to be exact), I’m starting to get the itch to run another race with my new fresh kicks. So before we get to the leg day workout below, do you guys have any recommendations for a fun late fall 10k or half marathon?? I want in!

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In addition to the UltraBOOSTs, I’m wearing Nike’s Sportswear Essential Crop Tank, both from my friends at Finish Line. My wardrobe resembles that of Wednesday Adams (black, black, dark black, faded black, jet black, more black) so throwing on a jean jacket walking to and from a workout helps add a bit more of a summertime feel to the getup.

Leg Day Workout – Sprints + Bodyweight Training

This is a great workout to take outside but you could easily do it in a gym using a treadmill as well. You’ll run .25 mile (400 meters) as fast as you can and then complete 10 reps of three bodyweight leg exercises. You’ll repeat that four times.

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Exercise Descriptions

Side Lunge to Side Kick (each side) | From a standing position, lunge to the right, stepping your right foot out wide to the side and bending the knee, sliding your hips down and back (left leg stays straight). Push off your right foot to stand on the left foot as you kick your right leg up and out to the side. Return back down in a side lunge. That’s one rep. Do 10 reps to the right and then repeat on the left.

Jump Squat – Jump Tuck Combo | Squat down low and then jump straight up in the air. Land back in a squat and then do a jump tuck, jumping up as you bring your knees up towards your chest. That’s one rep.

Sumo Squat with Heel Raise at Bottom | Start standing with feet wide apart and toes turned outward. Keeping your knees tracking in the same direction as your toes, squat down. At the bottom of your squat, lift your heels, coming to the balls of your feet. Lower your heels and stand. That’s one rep.

Try this leg day workout next time you want a lower body burn. You'll mix sprints with bodyweight exercises.

WEARING | Women’s adidas UltraBOOST Running Shoes & Women’s Nike Sportswear Essential Crop Tank c/o Finish Line

photos by Nick Cosky

Full-Body Resistance Band Workout with Door Anchor

This workout is sponsored by ProSource. All opinions—as always!—are my own. I appreciate your support of the brands that make this blog possible. 

First and foremost: Don’t let the “with Door Anchor” part of this workout title throw you off—I’ll show you how to do these moves with regular bands if you don’t have an anchor to use. This resistance band workout will take you about 25 minutes to complete. If you’re short on time though, you could opt to just go through the sequence once instead of twice—that would give you a 12-minute workout instead.

And just a side note before we get to the workout, I want to give you a heads up that blog posts might be a little sporadic over the next couple weeks. Our slumlord surprised us with the news we had to be out by the end of the month so he can turn the whole building into airbnb units so things are a little hectic around here. I am so incredibly tired of moving every year and I don’t care what I have to do to afford it—sell detox tea and Sugar Bear Hair on Instagram?!—the next time I move needs to be into a place I own. Anyway, life update over. On to the workout …

I’m using the Stackable Resistance Bands Set from ProSource. Specifically, their green and red bands attached to a handle and their blue resistance band attached to an ankle cuff. All three are anchored to my door. I love this set. It’s so versatile and allows for tons of different band set ups. The set includes four bands, a door anchor, two ankle straps, two large foam handles and an exercise guide. You can clip everything on and off to get the resistance just how you need it.

So let’s say the heaviest band—which is 16-20 pounds of resistance—is a little too light for a particular exercise. You can just clip on another lighter band to the handles to increase the weight load. In total, 14 possible levels of resistance up to 56 pounds are offered by this set.

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They’re great quality, too. The heavy-duty bands are made of double-dipped latex and they’re 48” long to allow for a total body workout moving through a full range of motion. The set also comes in a convenient carrying case so these are great to pack if you’re traveling. In the summer, I leave the city on most weekends so it’s nice to be able to fit in some resistance training when I’m away from my favorite studios.

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Full-Body Resistance Band Workout with Door Anchor

EQUIPMENT I USED:

For this workout, you’ll perform each exercise for 30 seconds. You flow through the 6-minute sequence (12 exercises) one move to the next without rest. Do the entire thing on the right. Rest for 30 seconds. Do the entire sequence from the top on the left. If you’re short on time, you can stop there (12-minute workout); otherwise, complete once more on each side (24-minute workout)

As with all workouts, make sure you are properly warmed up beforehand. If you’d like a guided warm-up, I have one on my YouTube channel (be sure to subscribe while you’re there! wink wink shameless plug wink wink). Always listen to your body and stop and/or modify if needed.

Resistance Band Door Anchor Exercises:

  • Tricep Kickbacks
  • Straight Arm Triceps Lifts
  • Combo: Kickback + Lift
  • Lunge with Crossbody Row Extension
  • Row in Low Lunge
  • Pulse Combo: Row + Lunge
  • Quad Kicks
  • Straight Leg Quad Lifts
  • Combo: Kick + Lift
  • Lateral Low Squat Step
  • Lateral Leg Lift
  • Squat to Lateral Leg Lift

WEARING | Stripe Out leggings c/o DYI // Nike tank (old but this is similar)