Superset Pyramids Workout (No Equipment Needed)

Superset Pyramids Workout - all bodyweight exercises, no equipment neededThis workout kicked my butt yesterday! It’s a challenge but requires no equipment so it’s great to do this holiday if you’re out of town and away from your usual gym or studio but still wanting to get in a good sweat.

Superset Pyramids Workout

For this workout, you’ll be given three supersets (pairs) of exercises. You’ll tackle one set at a time, doing 10 reps of each, 9 reps, 8, 7 … down to 1 rep of each. When you’ve finished the first superset pyramid you’ll rest and then move onto the next two exercises.

The goal is to complete the pyramids as quickly as possible without sacrificing proper form. So if your pace is slower or faster than mine, THAT’S A-OK! Either pause or fast-forward the video at the end of each pyramid as needed.

The first superset is the hardest and the last two will go by quicker. These are all bodyweight exercises so no equipment is needed, just an exercise mat. Superset Pyramids Workout - all bodyweight exercises, no equipment needed

SUPERSET 1

Lunge Hop – Lunge Jump (R+L=1 rep) | Start in a split-stance lunge position with one foot forward and the other behind (both knees bent to opposing 90-degree angles. Do a lunge hop, hopping a couple inches off the ground and landing back in the same position. Then do a jump lunge, switching feet midair so that you land in a lunge with the opposite foot in front. Do a lunge hop on that side. Do a jump lunge, once again switching feet. That’s one rep.

Marching Plank to Jump | Start in a high plank. Lower to a forearm plank one arm at a time and then march back up to a high plank. From there, jump your feet up towards the outsides of your hands and then back to plank. That’s one rep. Alternate which hand you lead with when you do the marching plank each rep.

SUPERSET 2

Sumo Squat Jumps | This is a squat jump but with your feet wide, toes angled out, knees tracking in the same direction as the toes.

Leg Lift to Rev Crunch | Start laying down with hands under your bum for low back support and your legs straight outstretched and hovering off the floor. From here, lift your legs up to form a 90 degree angle with your body and then press your feet straight up towards the ceiling for a reverse crunch, lifting your hips up off the floor. Return to starting hover. That’s one rep.

SUPERSET 3

Donkey Kicks | Start in a tabletop position on the balls of your feet with the knees hovering a couple inches off the floor. From here, you’re going to press into your hands and jump your feet off the floor, kicking yourself in the bum. Land softly back in the tabletop hover.

Swimmer Pulls | Start laying on your stomach with arms outstretched in front of you. Arms and legs should be hovering off the floor. From here, drive your elbows back behind you as you squeeze your shoulder blades together and lift your chest even higher on the floor.

Superset Pyramids Workout - all bodyweight exercises, no equipment needed

WEARING | Lululemon tank (old – shop current selection of tanks) // New Balance leggings

If you liked the format of this workout, I few more from the archives (not in video form):

Safe travels to everyone heading out of town for Thanksgiving! To anyone stressing that the holiday will throw off your health and fitness routine, remember: The things we do week in and week out are what make a difference; not the one-offs. A day or two of massive portion sizes and unbuttoning your pants on the couch to fit room for dessert IS OK!! You don’t need to feel guilty about it and you certainly don’t need to counter it with the other extreme (restriction, crazy-long workouts, etc.). Enjoy your holiday food, eat a second piece of pie if you want it, enjoy time with family, and return to your normal routine when it’s over. Am I going to workout while in New Jersey these next four days? Yes. Am I also going to wear stretchy pants tomorrow and eat three plates full of Thanksgiving food? Hell to the yes.

Enjoy your time with family and friends! As always, I’m thankful for all of you reading this blog and making it possible! 🙂

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Recent Stitch Fix Keepers

Stitch Fix review - Andrew Marc jacket

I’ve received a couple Stitch Fix deliveries since last posting about them so today I’m highlighting the keepers from each (plus sharing another non-Stitch Fix top I’m currently obsessed with). This long sweater was in one of the fixes, but since I’ve already worn it on the blog I decided to spare you the redundancy today.

Teanen Puffer Coat from Andrew Marc ($118)

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OUTFIT DETAILS | Tank is from a novelty t-shirt shop in Boston – this tank is the closest I could find online // Jeans from a previous fix // Jeans are from a previous fix // Converse high tops // gas station cheapie sunglassesStitch Fix review - Andrew Marc jacket

I was on the hunt for a new winter jacket and fell in love with the burgundy color of this. The collar is thick and padded and the hood is removable.

Alpine Plaid Wrap Scarf by Look by M ($38)

Stitch Fix review - Look by M blanket scarf Stitch Fix review - Look by M blanket scarfThis oversized blanket scarf is impossibly soft and warm. I tend to wear black on black on black outfits all winter so the color of it will be a welcomed addition to my typically boring color coordinating.

Pistola Jeans ($88)

Stitch Fix review - Pistola jeansRips AND zippers?? Sign me up. I got these in a fix in September so I could be off a little with the price but I know they were under $100. I’m new to the Pistola brand but am officially a fan!


(Not Stitch Fix) Lexi Top by Clayton c/o Shopbop ($62)

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OUTFIT DETAILS | Zara jeans – old but similar by ILY Couture ($88) and Rag & Bone ($225 but 15% off with code GOBIG16) // Jeffrey Campbell booties – old but the designer has a similar buckle style in a low-heel bootie and I’m obsessed with this split-ankle bootie as well // H&M jacket – old but this is similarLexi Top by Clayton with boyfriend jeans Lexi Top by Clayton with boyfriend jeans

This has become my go-to shirt for going out for dinner or drinks on the weekend–I love it! I’m totally into the choker trend so the fact that this is an off-the-shoulder top and choker in one made me fall hard for it. Shopbop is actually having a sale right now where the more you spend the more you save so take advantage of it! The sale code is GOBIG16.

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I’ve got a workout coming your way tomorrow that requires no equipment so you can try it even if you’re traveling for the holidays. Before I sign off today, I’ll leave you with this bit of creepiness (#AmericasNextTopModel): Stitch Fix review - Look by M blanket scarf

Fellow Stitch Fixers — get any good deliveries lately?

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The TomTom® Spark 3 Cardio + Music Watch (My Review)

TomTom Spark 3 Cardio + Music Watch Review
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of
TomTom®.  The opinions and texts are all mine.

The past couple weeks I’ve been testing out the TomTom® Spark 3 Cardio + Music watch, and hot damn can this thing do a lot! Even after two weeks of using it, I feel like I’m still discovering new features, each one cooler than the last. With a built-in heart rate monitor (no chest strap–yay!), GPS tracking and 24/7 activity tracking, this gadget pretty much meets all your fitness tech needs.

What I Love Most about the TomTom® Spark 3 Cardio + Music Watch

So. Much. Data.

TomTom Spark 3 Cardio + Music Watch Review

Heart rate, mileage, average pace, current pace, duration–you name it, the TomTom® Spark 3 will display it during your workout. And then it gets even more fun when you complete the workout and sync it to your phone or computer. Graphs and charts breakdown all the data you need to paint a full picture of your workout. I could geek out with this watch for hours.

Interval Training/HIIT Tracking

TomTom Spark 3 Cardio + Music Watch ReviewI LOVE THIS FEATURE. When you’re setting up the watch to track your workout, you can set it up as an interval timer to guide you through your workout. You can designate the length of time for a warm up, work intervals, rest intervals, cool down and the number of sets. And best of all is that it gives you feedback about your recovery. One of the many measures of overall fitness is the rate at which your heart rate can recover from being elevated. The TomTom® Spark 3 monitors this and shows you how efficiently you were able to recover after each work interval. It’s a stat that we don’t always pay attention to, so I love that it’s measured.

Heart Rate Zone Breakdown during Workouts

TomTom Spark 3 Cardio + Music Watch ReviewI love being able to look at the data following a workout and seeing when and for how long my heart rate was in each of the five zones (easy, fat burn, endure, speed and sprint). You can see your heart rate during a workout as well if you choose that display, but I just love the visual breakdown in the app (or on your desktop) of the entire thing.

As an instructor, I find this information particularly useful in thinking about class sequencing. I’ve been wearing my TomTom® Spark 3 during Btone classes that I take to not only push myself to keep my heart rate elevated but to give me ideas for planning classes I’ll teach. The watch’s multisport mode allows you to pick between running, outdoor cycle, indoor cycle, swimming, treadmill, freestyle, gym and stopwatch. For Btone classes, I just choose “gym” to track the workout, which acts as a type of catchall.

No Need for a Phone on Runs

TomTom Spark 3 Cardio + Music Watch ReviewSince the marathon last year, I haven’t done much running. Once a week, if that, and no more than five miles. Having the will power and dedication to push your body beyond what you believed its limits to be is an incredible accomplishment, but you also have to listen to your body when it tells you to take a chill pill. Physically and mentally, I needed a break from running. It’s nice because now when I do choose to go for a run, the pressure and goals are out of the picture and I can appreciate the meditative aspect I used to love about running.

Running has always been one of my favorite forms of “me time” and unplugging from my appendage iPhone improves the quality of that tenfold. The Bluetooth headphones that come with the watch work great (they stay comfortably in my ears while running) and you can store music (500+ songs) on the watch to listen to without the need of bringing a phone along. True, this means I don’t get to take Instagram-worthy pictures of the Charles River as I run, but that’s probably a good thing. 😉 TomTom Spark 3 Cardio + Music Watch Review

In addition to the music, the GPS tracking feature further allows you to leave the phone at home. With the route exploration feature you can upload a desired trail to the watch so that it’s easy to follow on your run or bike ride. You can also just head out and explore new routes and rely on the watch to get you back home if you’re lost. City living doesn’t make this a big necessity for me, but I can’t wait to use it next time I’m traveling or running on unfamiliar trails!

Everyday Necessities: Steps, Clock Face, Stopwatch & Vibrating Alarm

TomTom Spark 3 Cardio + Music Watch ReviewWhen a gadget is as high-tech as the TomTom® Spark 3, it seems silly to gush over the stopwatch, but if a wearable doesn’t do a few basics I need for teaching then I simply won’t wear it every day. I need a quiet vibrating alarm to wake me up to teach in the morning without waking up Joe. Check! It’s a pretty serious vibration, too, and the face of the tracker flashes with a faint beep. I still always set a backup alarm on my phone but I don’t see myself sleeping through the TomTom® Spark 3. I also need a visible clock face and/or a stopwatch feature to time classes while teaching. Check and check!

The 24/7 activity tracking takes care of steps, miles, daily/weekly goals and sleep. TomTom Spark 3 Cardio + Music Watch Review

I LOVE this watch and will continue to wear it daily.

Have you tried any TomTom® technology? What’s been your experience? If you’re thinking about purchasing this tracker and have any questions that weren’t answered in the post, ask away in the comments! 

You can find out about more features and shop TomTom® here as well as follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of TomTom®. The opinions and text are all mine.