As a new month begins its time for me to change up my workout routine. Today I tried a new workout I found in Muscle & Performance Magazine, a monthly circular from The Vitamin Shoppe. The instructions in the magazine tell you to pick 10 to 12 exercises from a list on the page, alternating between a “Timed Exercise” and a “10-Rep Exercise.” Since it was my first time through the workout I chose just 10 exercises.
For the “Timed Exercises”, you perform 4 minutes of the exercise by rotating 40 seconds on and 20 seconds off. For the “10-Rep Exercise” you also perform 4 minutes of the exercise, however you do 10 reps then rest for 20 seconds until you reach 4 minutes.
I chose the following exercises from the list provided in the magazine:
- Jumping Jacks (Timed Exercise)
- Tricep Dips (10-Rep Exercise)
- Mountain Climbers
- One-Arm Dumbbell Rows
- Deadlifts (the list had Single-Leg Romanian Deadlifts – I modified this one)
- High-Knee Run-in-Place
- Medicine-Ball Slam (I used a football since I don’t have a medicine ball)
- Reverse Lunges
This workout kicked my butt!!! I had trouble doing 40 seconds of the mountain climbers and the high-knee run-in-place. I was able to get about 20 seconds in and then I had to rest. The 20 seconds rest in between sets goes by so fast!
I’m hoping that after 1 month of doing this circuit I will be able to get a solid 40 seconds of the mountain climbers and the run-in-place. I know I’m going to be sore tomorrow but I think that’s a good thing!
Anyone else try a new workout today?