Sometimes, when life gets complicated, you just want a nice, simple workout and that’s why circuits exist. Sure, they’re not sexy like HIIT workouts or exotic like a pyramid, but I’ll tell you what. Circuit workouts get the job done. Just ask my aching shoulders this morning!
I knew I wanted to do a good strength session this week while I’m recovering from last weekend’s race, and – let’s be honest here – I was also totally on board with a “sitting down” workout. Funny thing about that, though, is how stability ball workouts are always tougher than they seem. All that core work really sneaks up on you!
So, even though this is a simple, straightforward, unsexy circuit, don’t be fooled. It’s a powerhouse workout, and you will feel it afterward. And that right there is the magic of strength training workouts. They don’t burn a lot of calories while you’re doing them (which is one of the reasons I think women in particular are more drawn to cardio workouts – we’re always watching those numbers!), but they boost your metabolism for HOURS afterward, and the increase in muscle mass burns more calories all day, every day. Strength training is good for you, I promise!
If you follow along with the exercise video below, it includes a nice warm up and some post-workout cool down stretching (and still clocks in under 30 minutes – yay!), but if you choose to print out the breakdown and DIY, make sure to do both on your own. Let me know if you have any questions!
BALANCE and STRENGTH for RUNNERS | Full Length Workout with DUMBBELLS and STABILITY BALL
Do each exercise 8x (for single-sided exercises, do 8x each side), repeat the circuit 3x.
- Lat Pullover with Overhead Crunch
- Seated Single Leg Press Ups
- Single Leg Reverse Flys
- Split Squats
Finisher: Forward Hold Single Leg Deadlifts with Knee Tuck
Can’t see the video below? Click here to watch it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Blyhr7VGZ50
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