10-20-30 Ladder Workout

This is a quick 10 minute cardio workout. When I taught group fitness classes I would use this ascending ladder format often. It goes by fairly fast with the moderately challenging pace.

There are 5 exercises total. Each round is a specific work to rest ratio. Perform each round back to back with no additional rest time added for a 10 minute workout.

Round 1 starts with 10 seconds of jump squats followed by 10 seconds of rest. Immediately after start 10 seconds of plank jacks. Continue on until you finish the skaters. After the 10 second rest start performing 20 seconds of jump squats followed by 20 seconds of rest. The entire workout will be done in 10 minutes.

If you teach group fitness these short segments are great to add into your class. You could also use this as a finisher. Before my first baby was born I was teaching up to 20 group fitness classes a week. That makes me tired now just typing that.

In case you are looking for more group fitness class ideas be on the lookout in the next few weeks. I will be sharing one of my all time favorite group fitness classes that I taught when I worked at Lifetime Fitness.

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10 Minute Hill Workout

The weather has been absolutely gorgeous this week in Arizona. Cool breezy mornings with even a few sprinkles is generally unheard of this time in May. The afternoons have been equally fantastic with sunshine and blue skies! I am not sure how long it is going to last but the summer heat is right around the corner so I will enjoy this weather as long as possible.

I have been spending my mornings enjoying a walk outside and today I decided to add a few hill sprints into the mix. Treatments are just wrapping up on my legs for varicose veins and I decided to test out how they are feeling now. Before treatment I could barley run or even stand for long periods of time. My legs felt so heavy and they would ache. Today running was possible and my legs didn’t feel like they weighed 100 pounds each. Yay!

Find an outdoor hill with a moderate incline. Do as many rounds as possible of this workout for 10 minutes:

  • 15-20 second uphill sprint
  • recovery walk/jog downhill
  • 10 walking lunges
  • 10 squats

Go as fast as you can on the 15-20 second uphill sprint. Walk or jog to the bottom of the hill, perform 10 walking lunges, and 10 squats and repeat it all for 10 minutes. If you are looking to add a cardio blast at the end of a workout this would also make a great finisher.

I did this 10 minute workout in addition to my walk this morning and it was enough for me. If you happen to try this workout let me know how it went. I love hearing your feedback :).


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30 Minute Total Body Workout

It has been forever since I actually shared a workout. I hope to start sharing more workouts on here and to update the workout page with previous workouts I have posted.

I have been exercising about 4-6 days a week consistently since February and it feels amazing. We don’t have a gym membership so I am getting up in the morning before everyone in the house is awake and exercising at home. Over the years we have accumulated a nice variety of workout equipment for at home use. For this workout you will need a stability ball and a set of dumbbells. I used 15 pounds for the squat to shoulder press and the walking lunges but you can go lighter or heavier if needed.

This is a quick circuit style workout that will have you sweating and leave you feeling accomplished when you have finished. Move from one exercise to the next. Once you have finished rest for 1 minute and repeat for 2 more rounds. It should take you around 30 minutes to finish.

These are my favorite type of workouts because they are over and done quickly and contain a variety of exercises. If you try it I would love to hear how it went!

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