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I’ve known for a while that I’d been slacking on the cardio. So I attempted a home workout. (Our month at the Cal Poly Rec Center is over, excuse me while I go cry) And MAN I was a little more than humbled. Agh, so HARD… I was huffing and puffing, catching myself slacking and struggling to keep the intensity up.

Fortunately, it wasn’t bad enough that I couldn’t finish and there were plenty of modifications I could do when my muscles were too tired to complete an exercise. The burn definitely sneaks up on you, especially since there are cardio movements sandwiched between strength exercises in the beginning, which stay with you until the last few exercises.

It’s a good length too, I find that many circuits online are too short and that I need to add something else to get a longer workout in. This workout is Tabata style, with 4 Tabatas, 10 cycles (exercises) each for 45 seconds and 10 second rest.

The second best part? No equipment needed. I used steps in the backyard for the decline pushup and a small wall for tricep dips. If you don’t have those things in your backyard, a chair will do nicely.

I was so dead by the time it was over, but it was a good tired. I cooled down with foam rolling and called it quits! I’ll repeat this on Thursday and I’m hoping it feels even the slightest bit easier.

If this workout is a bit too advanced, there are a few things you can do to make it easier.



  1. Decrease work sessions to 20 or 30 seconds for each exercise
  2. Increase rest sessions to 20 seconds
  3. Subtract one tabata, performing 3 instead of 4
  4. Do regular pushups or knee pushups instead of decline
  5. Instead of the oblique jack knife, try doing a side plank
  6. Swap out squat jumps for a squat hold

As the post title mentions, I wanted to discuss an exercise I hate… jumping jacks. Why? It isn’t that hard unless you go a million miles an hour and the girls bounce, even with my super tight sports bra that hooks in the back. But I added it in because it’s a great cardio filler and most people can do some form of them without much explanation. I also think that if you choose what you like all the time, you aren’t challenging yourself!

What exercise do you hate?

Have you tried the circuit? If so, what do you think?



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