Move It Monday: Functional Core Circuit

by tinareale on January 7, 2013

Good morning! Anyone dreading the first full week back to reality since the holiday season? Or are you choosing to live with joy? I hope it’s the latter and that’s what I’m personally aiming for. That includes joy in my workouts, even when I’m not running right now. Good thing that isn’t too hard to do since I love ALL forms of fitness. I still quite enjoyed my workouts this past week.

Monday 12/31: Hot Yoga Class

I’m sure that came as no surprise to you at all. It’s quickly become a staple in my weekly fitness and I can tell how much my body needs it right now. Fortunately, I can already feel better alignment and a lot greater flexibility with this regular practice. Hate that I have to miss it this morning!

Tuesday 1/1: Happy New Year Workout!

I went to the gym expecting to take a CXWorx class, but all classes were cancelled for the day. Somehow I had missed that memo. No worries. I made the most of it and threw together a 30 minute functional core circuit for myself to do. All by my lonesome. The gym was SO empty! I have the workout and details at the end of the post, so scroll on down if that is all you came to see.

I followed up my weights with 30 minutes on the stepmill, which left me drenched in sweat. I forgot how much that thing kills me! Talk about a great way to kick off the new year!

Wednesday 1/2: RPM Class

And the gym was STILL empty! That actually bums me out a bit. I want people aiming to do things for their health, even if it means a crowded gym. Perhaps I will get what I asked for when I go today. Better get there early to claim a spot in hot yoga.

Thursday 1/3: CXWorkx Class (30 min) + 30 min light on the elliptical

I took the LesMills CXWorx class for the first time last week and fell in love with it. The class focuses on the core (abdominals and lower back), hips, and glutes. In other words, many of the areas I need to work on for my muscular imbalances with running.

Friday 1/4: Rest Day!!!

Always have to have a day of recovery in there, right?

Saturday 1/5: Spin Again

Spin never gets old to me. Never. I’ve been doing it over 8 years and I still love it just as much as when I first started. Actually, probably more than when I first started. The LesMills RPM layout challenges me quite well, too, for the perfect cross training to maintain my cardiovascular strength.

Sunday 1/6: Another Rest Day

Now let’s get to that functional core workout I promised!


functional core circuit

I completed 15 reps per side of each exercise in a circuit format. I could feel the booty and core burn by the end! Make sure to complete all these moves with the core drawn in tight and with proper form. Here’s a quick look at all of the moves:

Your Turn: Favorite workout of the past week? Ever use any of the above exercises?


1 Linz @ Itz Linz January 7, 2013 at 7:59 am

I put together a full body circuit workout (those have been a norm for me lately) but I ended up really loving this one! Will post later – love learning new moves from you!!

2 Miz January 7, 2013 at 8:12 am

Im trapped at home :-)
im doing it today.


3 tinareale January 8, 2013 at 5:52 am

Hope you loved it if you did it! And that the move is going smoothly.

4 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers January 7, 2013 at 9:05 am

Thanks for the circuit workout. I plan to squeeze in a bit more spin now that my gym has added a few more classes to the schedule. I’m pretty excited about it! :)

5 Haley @ The Saucy Apple January 7, 2013 at 9:07 am

One reason for Joy this week: The start of BBB Round 4!

6 tinareale January 8, 2013 at 5:53 am

Agreed! I’m excited its here too!

7 [email protected] Palate January 7, 2013 at 9:08 am

I forgot how much the ellipitcal can kill last week! Having eased off on the running I’m loving the variety of my workouts and this one for today will be tested out tomorrow! Thanks Tina! Hope you’re not missing running too much..spinning makes up for it though right :)

8 tinareale January 8, 2013 at 5:54 am

It’s funny because with all the variety I’m not missing it much at all. Probably helps that its cold out. Haha!

9 Christine @ Love, Life, Surf January 7, 2013 at 9:09 am

I love this workout Tina! You always inspire me to challenge myself a bit more and boy do I need to work on hips and glutes! Can’t wait to do this. And totally with you on feeling like my body just needs yoga right now.

10 Heather (Where's the Beach) January 7, 2013 at 9:14 am

Oh some good ones. I need to do the one-legged wall squats more often and I need to try out the seesaw move

11 Bethany @ Accidental Intentions January 7, 2013 at 10:19 am

How could I dread the first full week back when it also is the first week of BBBC Round 4?? So glad to have some boot camp back in my life :)

That’s really weird that the gym was so empty around the first of the year! That has definitely never been my experience!

12 tinareale January 8, 2013 at 5:54 am

I think everyone was waiting for yesterday. It was madness then!

13 Andrea January 7, 2013 at 10:36 am

This looks like a GOOD one!!! I’ll do it tonight!! Thanks Tina! :-)

14 Paige @ Your Trainer Paige January 7, 2013 at 11:01 am

The gym was so empty this past week! I think it’s because of how New YEar’s fell in the week. Kind of a bummer, but I bet this week it will be hopping (I’m hoping, at least:))

15 Rachel B @ Busy Mama Fitness January 7, 2013 at 11:18 am

I LOVE Les Mills RPM! I recently discovered it since breaking my foot and it’s (well kind of) filling in for my jonesing to get my run on. Okay, so I still shake my fist at every jogger I drive by. I’ll admit it, I’m a wee bit bitter.

What is CXWorx like? The description on the 24 Hour Fitness website is a little vague and it seems like such a short class.

16 tinareale January 8, 2013 at 5:56 am

The 30 mins is all you would need in that class. Think lots of planks, some traditional core work and then lots of targeted moves with single leg squats, abductions/kickbacks etc with bands for added resistance (and works stabilization). I think its a good complement for the muscles that are generally weak in runners.

17 Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut January 7, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I pinned this workout for later! I’m training for a half and want to be STRONG!

I just have to say…please PLEASE be careful with the reverse lunge with a twist…that’s how I hurt my knee!! Maybe make a note in the post? Seriously it’s awful not being able to run for 3 months because I twisted my knee over and over and then ran the next day.

Happy Monday! :)

18 Heather @ Better With Veggies January 7, 2013 at 12:14 pm

My favorite workout last week was a treadmill speed workout – I think because it reminded me that I can go fast again sometimes. :) I can’t believe that your gym is still empty! Ours seems pretty normal too, I hope that not the trend everywhere!

19 Kaelin January 7, 2013 at 12:16 pm

This workout looks great!! I ran this morning, but I think I will try to squeeze this in after work. Thanks for sharing Tina :)

20 Elle January 7, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Looks good, Tina. Thanks.

21 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 7, 2013 at 1:42 pm

I didn’t go to the gym on the 1st because I was running a race but by the 2nd it was INSANE. I even had a moment of wondering WHY it was so crazy – then I remembered it’s the new year and it’s going to be a busy busy place for awhile.

22 Sara @ fitcupcaker January 7, 2013 at 1:44 pm

I love circuit workouts! This one looks like a good burner!

23 Olivia Hill @ life as liv January 7, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Can’t wait to try this core workout sometime in the future! Right now I’m a wee bit busy with your incredible boot camp, but it’s still good to file away for later! ;)

24 [email protected] January 7, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Yay! SO glad you love CXWORX! I love teaching that class so much–it’s soooo tough. I can’t wait to really bring it to more people starting next Monday!

Your circuit looks awesome too-you’re great at designing workouts. :)

25 tinareale January 8, 2013 at 5:57 am

Thanks! I hope that I can design workouts well. ;)

And I so wish I could take your CXWORX class!

26 Brittany @ Delights and Delectables January 7, 2013 at 6:33 pm

I am dying to try a CXWORX class! I’m sore from today’s bootcamp workout. I’m so thrilled to be doing bootcamp this time around!

27 Amanda January 7, 2013 at 8:55 pm

It makes me so happy to see that you do hot yoga!! I did hot yoga visiting my parents, for the first time ever, last Friday and it was amazing! Unfortunately there are no hot yoga studios where I live :( .

28 Bek @ Crave January 7, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Yay! I love CXWORX :)

29 She Rocks Fitness January 8, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Hot Yoga is the best and I do it even more during the winter to keep me warm! I’m freezing all the time. Love these CORE moves, especially lunge with twist. Challenging, but very effective!

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