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Get Moving + Cardio Core Circuit

Today after school, I practically begged myself to get up and get moving. I knew I’d feel better if I worked out than if I didn’t, but I still had trouble talking myself into it. Luckily, I have a really simple workout in my back pocket at all times. Not literally, but you get the drift. It includes a few fun moves, like twisting knee tucks. They kind of make you look like a drunk frog, but whatever.

twisting knee tucks

After my quick circuit, I felt so good that I actually kept working out. I went to the gym and took a class. I know. My mind is blown, too. I don’t work out for days and then I do more than I have all month. I guess sometimes you really do just have to force  yourself to get going. Momentum is real, y’all.

Cardio Core Circuit

And now for a breakdown of the moves:

Twisting Knee Tucks: Begin this move in plank position, with your feet together. Quickly jump your feet towards your right hand and then back out into plank position. Repeat on your left side. Continue alternating sides until your time is up.

V Sit Ups: Lie down on your back with your legs together and your arms by your side. Raise your shoulders off of the ground and lift your legs to about a 45 degree angle. Brace your core and lift yourself into a “V”. Your legs can remain extended or you can bend them as you sit up. I need to work on keeping my torso straighter and my core tucked. My body rejects these. Keeping my arms a bit higher would help.

Plank Jacks: Get into push up position. While bracing your core, jump your feet out as wide as you can and then jump them back together. This is one of my favorite ways to easily spice up a boring old plank. Oh, and sweat a lot.

Alternating 2-Point Plank: Begin in plank position, with your feet hip-width apart. Keeping your torso as straight as possible, lift your left leg and right arm so that they are parallel to the ground. Hold for a few seconds and lower. Repeat with the opposite arm and leg.

High Knees: Start by standing with your feet hip-width apart. Lift your right knee toward your chest and quickly place it back on the ground. Do the same with your left. Continue to alternate knees as quickly as you can. Seriously, this is really just running in place while trying to look goofy by slapping your knees into your chest. No big deal.

Plank Side Walk: Begin in plank position. Cross your right hand over your left while you step your left foot to the left. Then step your left hand and right foot to the left, so you’re back in plank position.That’s a lot of lefts, y’all. I hope you followed that, because I did it and I still just got confused. Thank goodness for the pictures.

Mountain Climbers: Get into push up position with your right leg toward your chest. Explosively switch positions of your legs, kicking the right leg back while tucking the left leg under your chest. It’s basically like running parallel to the ground, at least that’s what I tell myself.

Well, it’s 9 pm (aka my bedtime) so I better go. Let me know if you try this one! I know I did it before I lifted weights, but I think it would work better as a “finisher”, you know? It’s also just fine by itself, though, I promise. :)

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12 Responses to Get Moving + Cardio Core Circuit

  1. I like how no equipment is required for this! Pinning this for later!
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  3. O love this one!
    Working out always makes me feel so good!
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  4. How on earth did you workout outside yesterday? It was like 350 degrees! haha
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  5. How did you do some of those moves without shoes on?? Looks like it might hurt haha
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  6. Oh I love a no equipment workout. They’re so useful to have in your back pocket!!
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  7. I’m scouring the nets for easy at home, easing-back-into-fitness workouts. This looks great! We are about to start the third week of kindergarten and I’m hanging on by a thread!
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  8. Love mountain climbers! We’ve been doing those in yoga and they hurt so good!
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  9. No equipment makes for great workouts! I also like that your barefoot. My feet are always black from running around the gym barefoot.
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