Remember that day a few weeks ago when it was sunny and 70 degrees and then the very next day it snowed 5 inches?

Ugh…What a tease!

I love these late winter/early spring days when the temperatures rise above 45 degrees and everyone breaks out their t-shirts and shorts and makes a point to get outside to enjoy it.  On that day I grabbed my running gear and headed out to soak up the feeling of the warm sun on my pale winterized skin. It got me excited about the coming of spring and the chance to break free from the indoors.    

But alas, since spring doesn’t technically arrive for a few more weeks, I’m here to give you my top 3 favorite indoor workouts to get you ready for the next warm weather burst.  

 

Before doing these workouts, please be sure to do a short warm up – this could be a walk around the block or a short yoga sequence…something to get your blood flowing, your muscles warmed up, and take your joints through their full range of motion.  

 

WORKOUT #1 – 10/10/10

This workout may sound easy but don’t be fooled, you’ll be sweating in no time.

Set your timer for 10 minutes.  You’re going to do just two bodyweight exercises:  squats and mountain climbers.  

If you need a reminder for how to do these check out my instructional videos here:

Squats: https://youtu.be/hKpw1-tMJgg

Mountain Climbers: https://youtu.be/q1MVn9BTGTg

During this 10 minutes you will alternate back and forth between squats and mountain climbers.  10 reps of each.  The goal is to keep moving for the entire 10 minutes with as little rest as possible.  

Keep track of the number of rounds you perform during this time and aim to increase it the next time!

 

WORKOUT #2 – STAIRS / PLANK LADDER

For this workout you’ll need a flight of stairs, but if you don’t have one all is not lost.  

In this workout you will alternate between walking/running up and down the stairs with holding a static plank (either on your elbows or hands) for a certain amount of time.   (If you don’t have stairs, you will do walking lunges instead.  For every flight of stairs do 10 walking lunges.)

If you need a refresher on walking lunges and static planks, check out my instructional videos here:

Static High Plank: https://youtu.be/ydA6vh4pkGU

Static Elbow Plank: https://youtu.be/xcqb2wL4m3Y

Walking Lunges: https://youtu.be/jRYTuLq2o3w

 

HERE’S HOW IT GOES: 

Walk (or run) Up & down the stairs ONCE

Hold plank for :15 seconds

 

Up & down the stairs TWICE

Hold plank for :30 second

 

Up & down the stairs THREE TIMES

Hold plank for :45 seconds

 

Up & down the stairs FOUR TIMES

Hold plank for :60 seconds

 

Up & down the stairs FOUR TIMES

Hold plank for :60 seconds

 

Up & down the stairs THREE TIMES

Hold plank for :45 seconds

 

Up & down the stairs TWICE

Hold plank for :30 second

 

Up & down the stairs ONCE  

Hold plank for :15 seconds

 

Repeat as many times as you like (or your legs will allow)!  

 

WORKOUT #3 – INDOOR CARDIO CIRCUIT

Who needs a treadmill or an elliptical machine when you can do this workout and get your heart rate up and your blood pumping!?!

Perform as many rounds of the circuit below as you have time for. 

Starting with Jumping Jacks and working your way down the list – do each exercise for :30 seconds moving right from one exercise to the next no rest between.   

After you finish :30 seconds of Burpees, REST for :60 seconds before starting over again on your next round.   

 

CIRCUIT EXERCISES:

Jumping Jacks: https://youtu.be/udZ8Jyis8PI

Squats: https://youtu.be/hKpw1-tMJgg

Skaters: https://youtu.be/pCAW5sDAXbs

Push Ups: https://youtu.be/7B5tzFyHP2g

High Knees: https://youtu.be/mj1fxqeQHZw

Burpees: https://youtu.be/vaiQbyE42qw

  • Rest :60 seconds