Morning, my fellow fitness friends! I sincerely hope you each had a nice weekend and, for those who celebrated, an Easter full of love and joy.
You know what time it is this week? Spring Break time.
Back in the day – my growing up and then my teaching years – Spring Break meant freedom. Now, it means extra hours to keep two particular little cuties entertained, happy, and away from battling each other over every. single. toy. I love my kids and the extra time with them…but also know that I will need a mental break. In fact, I think I have even more motivation to get to the gym when they’re with me 24/7. Umm, hello? Free childcare in exchange for a workout? Everyone wins.
And that’s exactly what I plan to do this week – hit up the gym so I don’t miss any training runs for my super exciting race coming up and for testing out some Best Body Bootcamp workouts. [FYI – Round 5 started TODAY, but you can still register if you want in! The sooner you register, the sooner you can hop on in with everyone else!]
I may not be able to share Best Body Bootcamp workouts with you, but I CAN and WILL share a new treadmill workout I plan to use to help beat the ‘mill boredom. We’ll be mixing it up with both longer and shorter cardio intervals within the same workout. Sound good? You betcha!
I call this one “HIIT Bookends” for hopefully obvious reasons.
You will start off with a 5 minute warm-up and then move immediately into some rounds of HIIT – alternating 60 seconds of sprinting with 60 seconds of recovery. After ten minutes of sprints, you will back off a bit on the heat and go for some more moderate intervals – 3 minutes picking up the pace moderately and 2 minutes of a steady, comfortable pace. Three rounds of that should leave you feeling fairly good, but you’re not done yet! We have to finish with another blast of sprints – five more 60 seconds on and 60 seconds off sprints. Feel. The. FIRE!
For a shorter option, you could do less rounds of intervals for each section. This workout can be done on the treadmill either running/jogging or walking (just vary the speed to a power walk on the increases). It can also be done on an elliptical, stepmill, bike, or even using plyometric drills in the comfort of your own home! Have fun with it! And be sure to tell me if you tried it out! Happy training!
Do you ever mix intervals within the same workout?