25-Minute Circuit Workout with Cardio Blasts: Legs & Butt

25-Minute Circuit Workout with Cardio Blasts: Butt & LegsHappy Friday! I’m looking forward to a busy, fun weekend. Tonight I’m heading to Credo for a makeup event with some other Boston “influencers” (I hate using that word to describe myself but “Instagrammers” also sounds weird—can’t win) and tomorrow I’m doing a photoshoot with Reebok. I’m really excited for the shoot but admittedly a little nervous. Getting the chance to work with a big fitness brand brings out the little insecurities as my mind falls into the comparison trap (I don’t have a visible, ripped six pack; I’m not flexible enough to do crazy-cool poses; blah blah blah). It’s useless chatter that doesn’t serve me and I’m sure the shoot is going to be a blast and my tight hip flexors and l will be fabulous. *snaps fingers and flips hair*

Now to shift focus on to a photoshoot I most definitely was not nervous about … let’s talk about me alone in my living room with a camera set up on a tripod (aka today’s workout). 😉 This 25-minute circuit workout focuses on legs and butt and damn did it burn!

25-Minute Circuit Workout with HIIT Blasts: Legs & Butt

EQUIPMENT I USED:

This workout is broken up into four mini circuits. For each of the circuits, you do three exercises for 30 seconds each, three times through. So that’s four and a half minutes of continuous work. You then rest for 30 seconds and finish the circuit with 30 seconds of cardio finisher. The last circuit is a little different in that instead of resting after the circuit, you go right into your finisher which is just a 30-second hold.

I’m using a 20-lb kettlebell but you could totally do this with a dumbbell and, as always, adjust the weight to fit your current fitness level. I’m also using a resistance band loop. If you don’t have one, don’t sweat it. All the exercises can be done without it as well (and will still be challenging, I promise).

As with all workouts, make sure to warm up beforehand. I have a 5-minute warm up on my YouTube channel or you can do your own. Listen to your body and modify as needed. If something doesn’t feel right, stop. There’s a difference between challenging your body and hurting it—let’s stick to the former!

25-Minute Circuit Workout with Cardio Blasts: Butt & Legs

Circuit 1

30 seconds each exercise x3 – loop band around thighs, use weight

Sumo Squat | Hold your weight at your chest with elbows in tight (like a goblet squat). Feet are a little wider than hip’s width apart, toes are angled out. Keep your chest open and upright, shoulders back and you bend your knees and sink down into your squat. Actively push out against the resistance band so that your knees track in line with your middle toes the whole time. Press back to the top, bringing your hips forward and squeezing your butt at the top.

Sumo Squat Pulses | Hold your lowest squat and pulse up and down at the bottom. For these, you’re going to keep the weight at your chest as long as you can. When it gets to be too much, place it on the floor but stay low in your pulses!

Low Squat Side to Side Step | No weight for this one (unless you’re really advanced and want it—then be my guest!). Staying in a low squat position, you’re going to walk side to side, three or four steps to the left and three or four steps to the right. You want tension on the resistance band the whole time so never let your feet come in too narrow as you do these. Think wide and low.

CARDIO BLAST (30 sec): Squat Jacks | No weight for this one either. Start in a low squat position with feet wide, weight in your heels, low abs engaged, hips back. Staying low in a squat, jump your feet in close together and then jump your feet out wide again to the starting position. When your feet are wide, bring one hand to touch the ground, alternating hands each time.

Circuit 2 – RIGHT LEG

30 seconds each exercise x3 – use weight

Single Leg Deadlift to Reverse Lunge | Hold the weight in your left hand. Your right foot will stay firmly planted on the ground the whole time. Left toes are *lightly* on the floor about six inches behind the right foot. From here, do your deadlift, sending your hips back and hinging from the hips as you lower the weight towards the floor. This is a hinge, not a squat, so the weight doesn’t need to come all the way down to the ground. Keep your chest open as you do this. Come back to stand and then step your left foot far back behind you, sinking into a reverse lunge. Come back up, bringing the left toes lightly to the ground behind the right and repeat.

Curtsy Lunge | Start standing with feet hip-width apart, weight held at your chest. To modify, do these without the weight. From here, sink down into your curtsey lunge: right foot stays planted on the ground and as you bend that right knee, reach your left foot behind it as far to the right as you can until the ball of the left foot is planted on the ground as well. From this deep lunge position, you’re going to slowly stand up on the right foot, bringing the left foot back to center, lighting touching it to the ground (don’t shift too much weight into that left side)

Reverse Lunge to Low Squat | No weight for this one (unless you want it, in which case rock on!). Start in a low squat position. Staying low, step your left foot back into a low lunge and then quickly back up to the squat. You continue lightly stepping back and up, staying low through the legs and keeping weight in your right heel. This one burns!

CARDIO BLAST (30 sec): Sprinter Hops | Start in a low lunge position with right foot forward and fingertips lightly on the ground framing your front foot. From here, you’re going to hop everything off the ground (your feet barely need to leave the floor) and land right back low. Keep your chest open as you do these (try not to hunch). If mobility issues make these ones tough, do regular lunge hops with your torso upright instead of getting so low through the upper body.

Circuit 3 – REPEAT CIRCUIT 2 ON LEFT LEG

Circuit 4

30 seconds each exercise x3 – resistance band loop around thighs

Circuit 4 is five straight minutes of hip bridge work (talk about a glute burn!). If you want it to be harder, you can place your feet on an elevated surface or place a weight across your hips. In the video for this workout, I talk a bit about form in hip bridge exercises and if you’re new to working out, it’s definitely worth watching. Scroll up to the embedded video and fast forward to 20:05 for form tips.

Hip Bridge Lifts | Start laying on your back with knees bent, feet hip’s width apart, heels under knees, arms by side. Pressing into your heels and squeezing into your glutes, lift your hips up to a bridge position. Lower back down to hover your hips over the floor (try not to rest them)

Hip Bridge Pulses Out + Up | Hold the top of your bridge and pulse your knees out wide against the resistance band then pulse your hips up an inch higher to the ceiling. Continue pulsing out and up.

Hip Bridge March | Holding the top of your bridge, you’re going to lift one foot at a time, crunching the knee in towards your chest like a march. Try to keep your hips level as you do this (both hip bones same distance from the ceiling). If your resistance band rides up during this, don’t sweat it, just keep on marching.

FINISHER (30 sec): Hip Bridge Hold | Hold the top of your bridge.

25-Minute Circuit Workout with Cardio Blasts: Butt & Legs25-Minute Circuit Workout with Cardio Blasts: Butt & Legs

WEARING | (outfit c/o of adidas) leggings / tank / sports bra / sneakers

I know that last picture of my outfit has nothing to do with the workout, I just think it’s cute. [insert sassy girl emoji] Speaking of cute …

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Kettlebell Circuit Workout with AMRAP Finisher

This kettlebell circuit workout will take you 18 minutes to complete (45 seconds work/15 seconds rest). You'll then do a 3-minute core AMRAP to finish.This post is sponsored by ProSource. All opinions—as always!—are my own. I appreciate your support of the brands that make this blog possible. 🙂

Hello again, friends! After a week vacationing at home on the Vineyard, I’m back to work.

When Joe and I moved into our current building a little over a year ago, my kettlebells got placed in storage and they’ve stayed there since (if you’ve been following me on IG stories for a while, you know how scary my storage unit is—I’m not going down there willingly! haha). I’m so excited to be partnering with ProSource on today’s kettlebell circuit workout because thanks to them, we’re bringing this awesome piece of training equipment back into the mix here on P&I!

I’m using their 20-lb kettlebell for this workout. As someone who lives in a tiny city apartment and has to worry about downstairs neighbors, I love that it’s vinyl coated. That helps a bunch with reducing noise and protecting my floors in general. If you’re looking to invest in multiple kettlebells for your at-home gym, these are also a great option because of the color coding by weight.

One of the first things I look for in kettlebells—especially the medium and heavy weights—is a handle that’s wide enough to grip with both hands, which this one is. It has a large, smooth handle and is going to get a ton of use in my apartment!

Other than a kettlebell, you’ll just need a mat for the 3-minute finisher at the end of the workout. I’m using ProSource’s Exercise Puzzle Mat. It’s thicker than the yoga mat I typically use when working out at home which is awesome for the heavier weight. I’m sure my landlord appreciates the extra padding as I’m thumping around a 20-lb kettlebell on his floors! It’s easy to snap together and I love that you can assemble it small or big to fit your space and the exercises you’ll be doing. It also comes with a border to make the edges look clean and finished which is a major bonus when you film yourself doing burpees for a living. 😉

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Kettlebell Circuit Workout with AMRAP Finisher

Equipment I Used:

The circuit portion of today’s kettlebell circuit workout will take you 18 minutes to complete. We’ll use an interval structure of 45 seconds of work and 15 seconds of rest as we go through the circuit three times. After the circuit, you’ll have a 3-minute AMRAP to finish.

As I mentioned, I’m using 20-lbs, but you should pick a weight that challenges you and works for your individual fitness level. If you’re newer to using kettlebells, always go lighter than you think you can handle until you get the proper form down correctly. If you’re new to working out in general, I’d recommend meeting with a trainer in person to most effectively learn to use kettlebells safely before attempting an at-home workout on your own with them.

In the video, I spend the first few minutes breaking down the exercises so those just starting to incorporate kettlebells into their training. As with all workouts, be sure to warm up beforehand. Listen to your body and modify or stop as needed.

This kettlebell circuit workout will take you 18 minutes to complete (45 seconds work/15 seconds rest). You'll then do a 3-minute core AMRAP to finish.

Exercises in this Workout

Kettlebell Circuit:

One-Arm Kettlebell Swing (right) | This is your basic kettlebell swing, but holding on to the bell with only one hand. The main form difference is that your hand will rotate with the swing, as opposed to a two-hand grip where your knuckles are always facing out. Start with the bell on the floor, gripping it with your right hand, feet shoulder-width apart with a slight bend in the knees. Swing the bell back between your legs, thumb-first, hinging forward with a neutral spine. As you explosively swing the bell forward and up, thrust the hips powerfully forward, rotating your hand so that knuckles face forward, bringing the bell up to chest height. Swing it back down, again rotating the bell so that your thumb leads the way.

Windmills (right) | Start in a standing position, feet a little wider than shoulder-width apart, kettlebell pressed above head in right hand. Your right foot should be pointing forward, your left foot pointing out to the side (perpendicular to the right). Slowly bend down from the hips, keeping legs and the arm holding the kettlebell straight (but don’t lock out the knees). Lightly touch the ground by your left foot with your left hand, keeping the kettlebell perpendicular to the ground the whole time. Slowly rise back up to starting position. A good way to maintain proper alignment during this is to look up at the kettlebell the whole time.

Goblet Squats | Stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart with your toes angled slightly outward. Hold a kettlebell in both hands, cradling it at the base of the handle at your chest. Keeping your torso as upright as possible (you don’t want to hunch forward with the weight of the bell), squat down, trying to get your bum a bit lower than your knees. As you bend the knees, they should track in line with the angle of the toes and not jut forward of them. Keep your elbows in tight as you squat so that they come down on the insides of your legs. Once you reach the bottom of your squat, weight in your heels, power up to standing, thrusting the hips forward slightly at the top as you squeeze those glutes.

One-Arm Kettlebell Swing (left)

Windmills (left)

High Pull – Squat Jump Combo | Start with feet about shoulder-width apart and kettlebell on the floor in front of you. Squat down keeping chest open and spine neutral and grip the kettlebell. Start to straighten the legs to stand as you lift the kettlebell. When the bell gets to about hip height, bend the elbows, pulling them up towards the ceiling and bringing the kettlebell under your chin, keeping it close to your body. Reverse the motion, returning the bell to the floor. From there, release the kettlebell with your hands and do a jump squat.

AMRAP Finisher:

10 Russian Twists > roll through to plank > 10 Mountain Climbers | Start sitting on your tailbone, feet hovering off the ground, kettlebell held at chest. Twist to to the right and left 10 times (5 times to each side) then place the kettlebell on the floor to the side. Cross feet at the ankles and roll back, lifting your hips off the ground to gain momentum. Roll forward bringing hands to the ground and jump feet back to a plank position. Do 10 mountain climbers (5 to each side). Jump through, landing back on your bum and start from the top.

This kettlebell circuit workout will take you 18 minutes to complete (45 seconds work/15 seconds rest). You'll then do a 3-minute core AMRAP to finish.

If you guys are digging this kettlebell circuit workout, let me know in the comments! I’ll put together more kb workouts. I used to post kb routines all the time when I first started blogging, but looking back at those old posts, I cringe at my form in a couple of the moves. I felt the responsible thing to do was to get better at the exercises myself before teaching you all! Not that I’m perfect now, but damn. Much improved. 😉

Big thanks to my home away from home, Btone, for serving as my video filming studio!

10-Minute Upper Body Workout

10-Minute Upper Body Workout -- fun 3x3 AMRAP structureJust like last week’s lower body workout, this uses a 3x3x3 AMRAP structure. That’s 3 exercises done for 3 minutes at max effort, 3 times. It’s quick but intense, so perfect for busy days or to pair with low(er) intensity steady-state cardio like a long walk or elliptical session. Enjoy!

10-Minute Upper Body Workout

Equipment I Used:

  • 25-lb kettlebell

This workout is divided into three 3-minute AMRAPs with 30 seconds of rest in between each. Set a timer for 3 minutes and get through the circuit of exercises as many times as possible before time runs out. Rest for 30 seconds and then repeat, starting wherever you left off at the end of your first AMRAP. 10-Minute Upper Body Workout -- fun 3x3 AMRAP structure

  • 10 High Pulls (right) | Stand tall, feet about hip-width apart, with the kettlebell on the ground in front of you. Squat down, weight in your heels, grabbing the kettlebell with one hand. This is your starting position. From here, power up to a standing position using your legs. As you do, pull the kettlebell straight up by your armpit, leading with the elbow. Bring the kettlebell back down to the ground softly, tapping it to the floor and going right into your next rep.
  • 10 High Pulls (left)
  • 4 Alternating Bird-Dog Push Ups | This is your standard push up, plus some core stability work. Starting in a plank position with hands a little wider than shoulder-distance apart (the wider your feet are, the easier and more stable these will be–if you want a challenge, keep your feet relatively close together), do a push up. As you press back up to plank, lift your right arm and left leg off the ground, stretching them out straight, level with your body. Make sure you keep your abs engaged as you do this; you don’t want to let your low back dip down towards the ground. With control, lower the hand and foot back to the ground, sinking right into your next push up. At the top, repeat on the other side (left arm and right leg). You’ll do 4 push ups total, 2 lifts to each side.To modify: perform the push up from your knees, and just lift the arm at the top of each push up.
  • 10 Bent Rows (right) | Start in a lunge position with your left foot forward, knee bent to 90 degrees and the ball of your right foot planted behind you, leg stretched. Place your left forearm on your left thigh for support and grab the kettlebell with your right hand, arm straight and bell barely touching the ground. From here, row your right elbow up to the ceiling, bringing the kettlebell up towards your rib cage. As you row, think of squeezing your right shoulder blade in towards center spine. Lower the kettlebell down towards the floor, straightening your arm and lightly tapping the floor before going into your next rep.
  • 10 Bent Rows (left)

10-Minute Upper Body Workout -- fun 3x3 AMRAP structure

WEARING | leggings c/o Sweaty Betty // tank: H&M (old but similar here) // bra: Fabletics // sneakers: Nike

Any one else getting excited for a long Thanksgiving break?? I actually have this entire week off from teaching which is SO nice because I’m ridiculously behind on blog stuff. 🙂

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