I try to get some from of exercise everyday. It’s not always a heart-pumping, sweaty workout, but even just a walk or some gentle yoga count for me. Keeping exercise fun makes it easy for me to pursue a healthy lifestyle. These are just some of my favorite workouts.
I recently started posting my favorite workouts– many of which are inspired by CrossFit– on Pinterest. Check out my workout board for more workouts like the one posted below!
Carrots ‘N’ Weights
The majority of my Carrots ‘N’ Weights workouts should take about 20-30 minutes to complete and only require free weights (resistance bands work too), so you can do the workouts at home or the gym. I post the number of sets, reps, and weight that I use, but be sure to do what’s best for you. In between exercises, I don’t rest and move from one to the next. Between sets, I rest for only about 20-30 seconds, just long enough to give my muscles a quick break.
Treadmill & Elliptical Workouts
Lots of speed and resistance changes! The constant variations keep me interested and motivated through the entire duration of the workout, no problem.
This is my favorite treadmill workout ever! Burn up to 450 calories walking or 550 calories running with this 45-minute treadmill workout from Jeanette Soloma at Crunch Fitness. You’ll mix up the inclines and speed to increase your heart rate and sculpt legs and butt.
This workout was inspired by the one above, but it has faster running intervals. You’ll cover close to 5 miles in 45 minutes. It’s a good one!
After a five minute warm-up, pick up the pace and continue to increase it with faster and faster intervals. At the 50-minute mark, sprint to the 10K finish!
This workout is quick, dirty, and over before you know it! In 35 minutes, you’ll cover nearly 4 miles. Reduce speeds by 1.0 for a slower paced run.
A 60-minute workout that is broken into 5 different time intervals, starting with a 20-minute interval and working your way down to a 5-minute interval. This workout makes an hour fly by!
Another favorite! When I am short on time, I challenge myself to run three miles (with breaks in between) as fast I can. I love trying to beat my previous time. If you’re not into running, a 3-mile Power Walking Challenge would also work!
I turned an outdoor workout into an indoor (treadmill) workout. It starts with a 1/2 mile warm-up, followed by 6 X 400′s and then a cool down. My pace is based of my 5K time, so I covered 3.75 miles in about 34 minutes. For a longer workout option, Track Workout 4 is very similar, but covers 5 miles.
This 45-minute workout is a great way to mix things up. FYI: It’s easier to do when the gym isn’t as crowded since you’re switching machines.
This running workout includes a bunch of speedy intervals, but because it’s only 30 minutes, I’m able to push myself to keep up my pace until the end.
Get ready to play with rolling speeds! In this treadmill workout, the speed changes every two minutes, which keeps your interest and motivation high while running on the treadmill. I covered a little over 5.5 miles in 60 minutes. This workout can also be shortened to 30 minutes.
This is an awesome running workout when I am crunched for time! I’m always exhausted (and drenched in sweat) by the end! Here’s a similar variation with faster speeds: 30-Minute Quickie.
Two different interval workouts (one for walking, one for running) with increasing inclines. Each workout has a duration of 20 minutes and is easily customizable.
This is one of my go-to workouts when I want to get in and out of the gym, but want to feel like I accomplished something at the same time. It keeps you guessing for a solid 45 minutes and before you know it, it’s over!
This treadmill workout continuously pushes you to increase your speed. It starts with a steady warm-up and progresses into three stages of progressively faster intervals.
I didn’t create this workout, but it’s one of my favorites because it’s really tough! It challenges you to sprint and run at a comfortably hard pace, but also allows you to recover so you can do it all over again. I’m always a sweaty mess by the end of it!
I receive quite a few questions about Body Pump, including tips for first-timers. Usually, I just reply in an email with my ideas, but I thought the topic would make a great blog post. So here’s what I tell people who want to attend their first Body Pump class.
A quickie version of Body Pump! For this workout, I worked each muscle group by doing continuous reps for two minutes straight and then moving immediately to the next exercise without resting. I used three sets of dumbbells: 7.5 lbs, 10 lbs, and 12.5 lbs.
This one is a major butt-kicker! It includes just five lower body exercises and works your muscles to fatigue. My glutes are always sore the next day after doing this workout!
A great mix of cardio and lower body strength training! Alternate between short intervals of vigorous activity and straightforward lower body strengthening moves.
A photo tutorial to help you navigate your way around the Nautilus equipment and free weights at the gym. Works all of your major muscle groups in about 45 minutes. The post also includes a 25-minute treadmill workout.
This workout only includes three exercises that strengthen and tone your glutes, inner and outer thighs, and hamstrings. It takes about 15-20 minutes to complete and it really kicks my butt! It’s definitely worth a try!
From Health magazine (December 2008): Say hello to gorgeous shoulders and a defined upper back with these moves, based on the exercises from Randy B. Washington at Crunch Miami. The trick to this routine: repetitions done at a fat-burning pace with few or no breaks in between.
This workout is very straightforward: eight exercises, moderate weight, 2-3 sets. I print the list of exercises and take it with me to the gym to keep me on track.
This workout is very similar to the one above, but works the back, biceps, and triceps. Start to finish it takes about 30 minutes to complete.
Once upon a time, I worked as a Fitness Specialist at Healthworks. I taught a quick abs class to members once a week. Here are a few of my favorites: Abs Class: September 22, Abs Class: September 29, and Abs Class: Decemeber 2 (lots of planks!).