Wednesday Workout: Stair Cardio Blast & Total Body Circuits

Hi there! I wanted to share a workout with you that I did last week. It left me incredibly sweaty, and even though it was likely due in part to the weather, I still think a lot of it was a result of the workout, which is a good enough reason to share, amiright?!

Even though I have some outdoor workouts on the blog, sometimes I really have to mentally force myself to do something other than just run. I don’t know what it is, but mentally I feel like that’s a better workout, although I really know steady-state cardio isn’t the best bang for your buck when it comes to high calorie burn both during and after your workout. But, that’s a whole post for another day! Today, let’s focus on the fact that I got outside and did a workout other than just running- a victory in and of itself!

I’ve always wanted to utilize the stairs and turf fields at the soccer fields near my house, so it was a perfect time to do that. These fields are awesome- they’ve got a baseball field and soccer field and a kiddie soccer area and playground area and everything is brand new! They’re usually packed at night with soccer leagues, but during the day it was just me and a few other random people, which was great because I was able to do my workout in privacy (for the most part).

What you’ll do for this workout (after your warm up) is do 4 sets of stair runs, all with 10 jumping jacks when you reach the top. If stairs don’t do it for you or aren’t available to you, feel free to do 4 cardio exercises for 30-45 seconds each (think: high knees, burpees, jumping jacks, jump squats, butt kicks, skaters, etc.). When the first stair set is complete, you’ll do the first bodyweight circuit 4 times through. Repeat the stairs and then do the next bodyweight circuit 4 times through. If you’re feeling good- go ahead and do the stairs for a 3rd time!

Stair cardio blast & total body circuits

If you want to see a demo of the stair runs, check out this video where I show you a shortened version of each:

I worked up a sweat, got jello-legs AND a tan- a solid workout if you ask me 😉

Questions for you: When’s the last time you sweat A LOT during an outdoor workout? Do you have stairs near your house or a park near your house?


4 thoughts on “Wednesday Workout: Stair Cardio Blast & Total Body Circuits

  1. evolvewithmary says:

    Yes Yes Yes I love stair workouts! I live in the bay area (Northern California) where there a tons of secret stair cases hidden down random streets. I also have some killer stairs by my house, can’t wait to try out this workout. Something about a stair workout makes me feel strong….like bull 🙂

  2. Rachel @ Healthy Chicks says:

    Woohoo, looks like an action-packed fun weekend! I also ate a lotttt and by Sunday my tummy was certainly feeling it. A big ol’ salad and home-cooked meals this week never tasted so good 😉 And I love your festive outfit — super cute!!

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