Wednesday Workout: At-home 4 Round Bodyweight Circuit

Hello! Did you catch my recap of our Jackson Hole trip yesterday? It was a fun one to recap! One thing I didn’t talk about in that post was working out- weird, right? Although I did not put on a pair of sneakers once, I did do one quickie at-home bodyweight circuit that I wanted to share with you. It’s by no means the hardest workout here on B2B, but it was a nice little afternoon pick-me up on the day we did not ski. As for the days we skiied, I felt as though that was all I needed, especially when combined with the amount of walking we did as well. Skiing didn’t necessarily feel HARD to me (my legs were not burning or tired), but I knew my body was still working a lot so I decided to take it easy.

Not “working out” (in the traditional sense) for this extended period was actually a really nice break from my traditional workout grind that I do week in and week out, and I found that I came back looking forward to getting back to my normal workouts. I missed lifting heavy things and sweating!

Regardless of whether you’re traveling, just looking for a little something, or are stuck inside (snow, rain, etc.), this might be the perfect workout for you!

I uploaded video’s to my Insta story throughout the workout so you can see what I did here (with the exception of triceps dips- that video didn’t upload, but I think those are common enough to not need a video):

As always, let me know if you try this- I love knowing that these workouts are actually valuable posts! haha ๐Ÿ˜‰

Questions for you: Did you do an at-home workout yesterday during the storm or was shoveling your workout?

Wednesday Workout: 20 Minute Full Body DB AMRAP Workout

Good morning! I hope you’re all having a good week so far.

Today’s workout is one I did a little while ago when I was doing my one of many at-home workouts. Speaking of, when did I become such an at-home workout person?! I used to always go to the gym for my workouts, but I feel like now that we have a spin bike and some heavier weights I can get a pretty decent workout in at-home. On top of this it saves me SO MUCH TIME, which if you read my post on Monday, you’ll know that time is of the essence these days. Even though I want to get bigger and stronger muscles, having some additional free time is more important so therefore I cut my workouts short to allow for that. I don’t believe in the “I’m too busy” excuse trap because I feel that if it’s something we really, truly want to do we will make time. So I’m not too busy to get to the gym for long, intense strength training sessions, it’s just that I would rather do short workouts (but effective) so that I have more time to do other things.

Anyway, that rant really had nothing to do with today’s workout, lol ๐Ÿ™‚ For this workout, you’ll just need a set or two of dumbbells (or a Kettlebell would work too) and a mat. You’ll then set your timer for 20 minutes and get to work, moving from one exercise to the next resting as needed, but trying to rest as little as possible so as to keep the heart rate up so that a primarily strength workout becomes strength AND cardio. Two birds, one stone!

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I think all of these moves are pretty standard B2B exercises, but if you have questions don’t hesitate to ask!

Here’s to hump day!

Questions for you: Do you prefer at home workouts or do you prefer going to the gym?

Wednesday Workout: Bodyweight EMOM w/8 Minute Rounds

Good morning! Before I get to the workout, I wanted to remind you that there are a few spots left for my Kickboxing Bootcamp at Janji on Newbury Street tonight at 6:30pm. You can sign up here.

Now, onto the workout! If you’re not familiar with the acronym EMOM, it means “every minute on the minute”. What this means is you have 1 minute to complete the prescribed exercise/reps. However much time is left after you finish the prescribed exercises/reps will be your rest time. If you’re like me, the first minutes will seem like a breeze and you’ll be thinking you don’t need that rest, however, by the last rounds it’ll seem like there isn’t enough rest!

For this particular workout, I give you 8 minutes for each EMOM round. Additionally, I give you 2 exercises per EMOM round which means you’ll do one exercise on the odd minutes and one on the evens:

  • 01= odd
  • 1-2=even
  • 2-3=odd
  • 3-4=even
  • 4-5=odd
  • 5-6=even
  • 6-7=odd
  • 7-8=even

While this workout doesn’t require any equipment, if you find you’re finishing the prescribed exercises/reps with more than 20 seconds to rest, I suggest adding something to intensify the exercise. This can be done by increasing your reps, adding weights, etc.

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15 Burpees/10 HRPU

20 jumping lunges/ 15 leg lowers

20 jump squats/ 10 plank knee tucks

As you can see, if you don’t have weights or simply don’t want to use them, it’s a great workout for that. You can also drop it down to just one or two EMOM rounds if you’re running short on time. I’d love to hear if you try this!

Questions for you: Have you ever done EMOM workouts?ย 

 

Wednesday Workout: My Favorite Kickboxing Combos {Take 4}

Good morning! I’m so happy to say that I FINALLY have some more kickboxing combinations for you. The existing kickboxing combination posts on B2B are by far the most popular blog posts to date, which makes me happy because I love being able to share helpful posts for you guys! If you missed those, here they are:

Kickboxing Combos pt 1
Kickboxing Combos pt 2
Kickboxing Combos pt 3

If you’re new to kickboxing/boxing/punches, I suggest you check out the first post that I linked above since that breaks down each punch for you.

As I was going through my instructor notebook to pick out some good combos to share, I realized that I should probably try doing this more frequently– I have SO many more that I want to share with you! For now, these will have to do:

 

Jack & Jab, Shuffle & Jab, Center Jabs & Oblique Twist, Sumo Jump Squats

  • Do 1 jumping jack and then 1 right jab to the front. Repeat with the jack and then the jab on the left
  • Shuffle & jab 3 times to the right, clap, then shuffle & jab 3 times to the left
  • Hold center and do 4 alternating jabs followed by 4 oblique twists
  • 2 sumo jump squats

Speed Bag Rt & Lt, Jack Feet & Jab arms, Single-Single-Double Uppercuts Rt & Lt, 4 Hops Up & Back & 4 High Knees

  • Speed bag punches by your right hip for 4 counts then do them by your left hip for 4 counts
  • While you jack your feet in and out you’ll perform 4 alternating jabs to the front
  • Right uppercut, left uppercut, 2 upper cuts on the right, then repeat and do left, right, 2 on the left
  • Bring your guard up and hop forward and back 4 times followed by 4 high knees

Jab, Jab, Jab, Cross, Jab, Cross (x2), 2 Left Knees, 2 Right Cross Jabs, 4 High Knees + Sumo Squat

  • Standing in the orthodox fighters position (left foot forward, right foot back), do a jab, another jab and then do jab, cross, jab cross and repeat that for a total of two times
  • Do 2 left knee repeaters followed by 2 cross body jabs with the right hand
  • End with 4 high knees into a sumo squat

Single, Single, Double Jab Right & Left Lead, 2 Knees on the Right & Left, Burpee + 2 Push-Ups

  • Jab right, left, double right then left, right double left
  • Bring your knees up twice on the right and left
  • Bring yourself down and back into a high plank, do 2 push-ups then jump yourself back up

Cross Body Hi/Lo Jabs X2, 3 Knees + 1 Kick, Speed Bag Arms W/2 Hops Up & Back, Burpee

  • Perform a cross body jab at chest height and waist height (hi & lo) twice (so, jab high, low, high, low) with the left arm
  • Then, do 3 right knees & a kick
  • Bring your arms to chest high while doing the speed bag and do 2 small hops up and back
  • Finish with 1 burpee

And there you go! I hope you find these helpful as you try and do your own at-home kickboxing workout OR if you’re an instructor and need some new combos for your class. As always, please don’t hesitate to ask me if you have ANY questions. While I realize kickboxing is very different than boxing now that I actually teach heavy bag boxing, as long as you understand that these combinations are not meant to teach you how to fight we’re all set ๐Ÿ™‚ They are merely a way to give you a great cardio workout, but I do make sure people at least know the basics of the punches so that they don’t injure themselves.

Wednesday Workout: 15 Minute AMRAP DB Blast

Good morning! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, huh? With RM’s birthday, Christmas, Florida and then NYE, I was more than ready for a break from anything other than those things. I have the intentions of recapping the wedding and our Florida mini vacation as well as reflect on 2016, but for now, a workout will have to do ๐Ÿ˜‰

As you’ve probably seen on Instagram, right before Christmas I bought us a spin bike. The Handle-Bar spin studio was selling some of their older bikes for an incredible deal so I had to jump on it. RM was a bit reluctant at first, but now that it’s in our place and all cleaned up, he’s almost as excited as I am. It’s perfect because it doesn’t take up a lot of space, it can be moved around easily and it’s another thing that saves me from needing to go to the gym since I can get some cardio in without even having to leave the house ๐Ÿ™‚

This workout started with about 20 minutes of spinning, using the first 6 songs on the song list below:

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Once that was over, I did the following 15 minute AMRAP using just a set of dumbbells:

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Few notes:

  • Man-maker- hold a weight on each hand and squat until the weights come to the ground. From there, jump back and do 1 push-up. A true man-maker means you’ll do a row on each arm, but I skipped that part so after the push-up I just jumped my feet back in to a low squat position, stood up and did an overhead press.
  • Bicep curl -> bend side arm raise- You’ll do the top part of a bicep curl, so start at a 90* arm bend and curl up to your shoulders. When you get back down to 90*, lift your elbows up so that the upper part of your arms are parallel to the ground and your forearms are parallel to each other. Bring them back down and start over.
  • Reverse lunge with OH weight- you’ll just hold a weight overhead while you do reverse lunges.

I gave myself 15 seconds between rounds because the 5 man-makers back to back left me compromising form so I took the 15 seconds to catch my breath and make sure my form was not compromised.

This was such a fun workout- and a perfect way to kick off my workouts of 2017!

Questions for you: What was your first workout of 2017? Do you have any at home cardio equipment? What’s your favorite workout song right now?