Health & Fitness 5 months ago by Liz Adams

3 Strength Training Circuits to Try This Year

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For as long as I can remember I was always a cardio girl. I never saw any need to incorporate strength training into my routine because I felt like I burned more calories on a run, the stairmaster or the elliptical. It wasn’t until I started getting older and noticing that my metabolism wasn’t as fast as it once was that I knew I had to change it up. Then adding kids into the mix and the quest to lose body fat felt nearly impossible. Signing up with my trainer a few months after having Jack was one of the best decisions I could have ever made for my health. I’ve learned so much about what my body needs in the past two years and have seen strength that I never knew was even possible for me. 

I know that hiring a personal trainer is not in the cards for everyone and it is definitely a huge investment. I share a ton of workouts on my Instagram stories and save to my IG highlights if you’re ever looking for inspo! So many of you ask for examples in a blog post so I wanted to share three strength training circuits to incorporate into your routine this year!

3 Strength Training Circuits to Try This Year

BOSU BALL CIRCUIT: REPEAT 3X TOTAL

Single leg elevated lunge. Place back foot on Bosu ball and lunge into front leg. 10 reps on each leg!

Hand to toe crunches. Lay back on Bosu Ball with one leg extended, crunch up with opposite arm and tap your toe. 10 reps on each side!

Wide leg squat with arm raise. Flip Bosu Ball over so the flat side is in the air. Balance in a wide leg stance with toes off the side. Grab dumbells and squat and raise arms to the front when you stand. Complete 15 reps!

CORE CIRCUIT: REPEAT 3X TOTAL

Plank position with alternating knee tucks. Stabilize in a forearm plank position and pike your booty in the air alternating knee tucks. Complete 20 reps. 

Side plank dips. Turn on your side and support yourself on your forearm. Dip your booty and hold at the top. Repeat 15 reps. 

Alphabet plank. Grab a large exercise ball and get into plank position with forearms on the ball with hands clasped. Slowly write the alphabet with your arms while maintaining your plank. 

CARDIO CIRCUIT: REPEAT 3X TOTAL

Medicine ball slams. Grab a 8-12lb medicine ball. Slam/bounce on the ground from side to side and catch. Complete 10 reps on each side. 

Squat jumps with kettlebell. Grab a kettlebell around 10-15lbs. Hold between your legs and complete 10 jump squats. 

Bosu ball burpees. Hold Bosu ball in your arms with flat side facing you. Place the round side of the Bosu ball on the floor and jumping back into a plank position, jump back in and stand up raising Bosu ball above your head. Complete 10 reps. 

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I try to aim for 2-3 strength training workouts a week so whether you do all of these in one day or do one circuit after a cardio workout, all of these are a great way to get your muscles burning!

No matter what I’m doing in the gym you can always find me in my favorite pieces from lululemon. I love all of their newer styles, especially those that take your gym clothes to street clothes like this Lotus Wrap. My usual workout attire consists of a cropped tank like this Train to Be Tank and high waisted leggings. I recently picked up these Fast and Free Tights and I love their pockets for outdoor runs! They also are made of the best fabric to smooth and suck everything in! My favorite for sweaty workouts. I’m always more motivated when I’m wearing pieces that I look confident in and I’ve stocked up on a few new lululemon pieces to carry me into the new year. I love this train to be short sleeve tee, this train to be long sleeve tee and this deep stretch tank

I hope these workouts make you feel AMAZING in 2020 and beyond!

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