I’ve been blogging for almost five years now, but the first couple it was really just a side hobby that I’d work on in my spare time for fun. In the back of my mind I might have fantasized about doing it as a full-time job, but it never seemed like a realistic option. And it would have remained that way if it weren’t for Pinterest.
When my first workout pictorial went viral on Pinterest (#7 on this list), it both excited and terrified me. Someone’s commenting on my blog other than my mom?! Who are all these people?! Where is this traffic coming from?! And then a coworker stopped me in the office (yes, in a past life I had a real 9-to-5) and said she saw a picture of me on Pinterest. I was mortified. My secret little hobby was now out in the open and while I was excited to see all the new traffic, I was also insanely insecure about it. One part of me wanted to delete everything, but that little voice in the back of my head that had fantasized about blogging as a full-time job was now going hmmm this shit might actually be possible.
I’ll stop my trip down memory lane there, but if you’re curious about the rest of the story, I wrote about that transition here. Bottom line: I owe Pinterest and everyone who has pinned my workout tutorials a lot of gratitude. Since I didn’t get the chance to post a new workout this week, I decided to round up the 10 most popular workouts from the archives, as determined by Pinterest. Give one of them a try this week!
10 Most Popular Workouts on Pinterest
Med ball, 20-minute circuit
You’ll do eight exercises, each for 30 seconds back-to-back. Rest and repeat the circuit a total of four times.
Two chairs (or benches), 30-minute interval circuit
Let’s talk about that spelling error in the above graphic. “Tricept.” Because obviously there’s a silent “t” at the end of the word. Woof. This is a full body circuit workout that uses a 30 seconds on, 10 seconds off format.
Light weights, 12 minutes long
This is a high rep, low weight workout similar to an arm section you would do in a barre or spin class. Don’t be fooled by the little weights–it BURNS.
Medicine ball, 30-minute HIIT format
Aw my first ever workout post. So many feels with this one! This is a total body workout that’ll take you 30 minutes. It uses a 50 seconds on, 10 seconds off format.
No equipment needed
wearing old Nike leggings, shop current selection
This was a remake of the famous 8-minute abs from the late 80s with different exercises. Quick and great as a finisher to a longer workout.
Light/medium set of weights, 15 minutes
This 15-minute workout focuses on upper body and core.
Medium/heavy weight (dumbbell or med ball) optional, 12-min of intervals
What does it say about America that a workout you can do on the couch is in the top five?! *cry-laughing emoji* This could just as easily been named “bench workout” — you need an elevated surface but not necessarily a couch.
Medium weights, a chair/stepper/bench
This workout is broken up into six 5-minute AMRAPs. Each AMRAP focuses on a different muscle group. Because the focus changes every five minutes, you definitely don’t get bored with this one!
Light/medium hand weights, 12-18 minutes long
Ok I have to call myself out because this is actually a great opportunity to talk about proper form in plank position. I have a tendency to lock out my arms and hyperextend through the elbow (I catch myself doing it in Downward Dog all the time!) and the below picture from this workout is a good visual of what NOT to do when you’re in a plank. When I lock out my elbows notice how they extend inward? All it takes to correct that is a softening of the joint. Force the muscles to work and add just that teeny, tiny, invisible bend to the elbows while in high plank.
On a side note: Look how short my hair was!! Never again.
Medium weight (for one of the exercises–could totally just do bodyweight, too)
Almost a half MILLION people have this workout saved to their Pinterest boards?? Cray. In this workout, you have 10 core exercises and you do 5 reps of the first, 10 reps of the second, and so on up to 50 reps of the last move.
Oh boy. This roundup was like a trip down memory lane of every apartment and neighborhood in which I’ve ever lived.
Have you tried any of these workouts? Which was your favorite? Want me to make video versions of any of them?