pyramid workout goodness

I have been loving adding more weights into my workouts these days, but I’m not the type of person who can just sit at a squat rack for a half and hour and be happy with my workout.  Some can, it’s just not me.  I need to get my blood moving and my heart pumping while still getting in that resistance that strength training provides.


I have been doing workouts for the past couple of months that involve 2 7 minute circuits done twice for a total of 28 minutes (not including breaks between circuits).  I loved this style of workout when I first started, but recently, they I haven’t been as motivated to bang them out and found myself counting down the seconds until the timer rang out to me that I was finished.  So, when I was creating my workout today, I wanted it to be something a little different.  I didn’t go for time, but just focused on getting everything completed with proper form and, let me tell you, my muscles are really feeling it right now.

Up & Down Pyramid Workout

For this workout, you’re going to do a squat and press (using 5-10lb weights) and a box jump.  If you can’t do box jumps, a weighted step-up is fine, but each step only counts as a half rep.  The pyramid goes like this:

  • 15 squat & press, 1 box jump
  • 14 squat & press, 2 box jumps
  • 13 squat & press, 3 box jumps
  • 12 squat & press, 4 box jumps
  • 11 squat & press, 5 box jumps
  • 10 squat & press, 6 box jumps
  • 9 squat & press, 7 box jumps
  • 8 squat & press, 8 box jumps
  • 7 squat & press, 9 box jumps
  • 6 squat & press, 10 box jumps
  • 5 squat & press, 11 box jumps
  • 4 squat & press, 12 box jumps
  • 3 squat & press, 13 box jumps
  • 2 squat & press, 14 box jumps
  • 1 squat & press, 15 box jumps

This is such a killer and your arms and legs will be burning at the end of it. Seriously, I was struggling walking this afternoon taking Boo out.  It was so fun to switch it up a little bit and play around.  Plus, it never hurts to just jam out to some tunes while jumping on and off a box like a little kid.  Fun Fact: I used to do box jumps on the steps outside my last apartment because I could never find a small enough box at my gym.  Keep an eye out, you’ll be surprised how many weird little places to workout there are as soon as you start looking.


HIIT Happens: a Halloween Workout.

I officially finished Kayla Itsine’s BBG 2.0 this week and I’m ready to move on to bigger and better things.  I loved doing both guides and will use them again in the future I’m sure of it, but now it’s time to switch it up.  My fitness has done a complete 180 since starting the guide and I couldn’t be happier about it, but I was getting a little bored of the usual 7 minute circuits 4x through.  I needed to change up the pace a little bit and refocus.  Plus, I want to get back into running more because it’s something that makes me feel really accomplished whenever I do it.  So, today’s workout was a beautiful marriage of strength training and cardio.

It all started with an easy 3 mile run.  I told myself I could go at any pace, but I just had to run straight for 30 minutes and when I was done, I felt great and kicked it through to finish the 3 miles total in a little over 21 minutes. image2

Then, I brought my heart rate down with 15 minutes of light elliptical work before heading over to the weight area to get my HIIT (high intensity interval training) on.


Full-Body 15 Minute HIIT workout!

For this HIIT workout, I used the app Seconds (you can get it for free in the app store) and set up 5 rounds of 30:30 intervals, pressing play again to start a new round after a one minute break.  That means 30 seconds of work and 30 seconds of recovery.  For the recovery portion, I chose to do 30 seconds of active cardio recovery by jump-roping.  Don’t have a jumprope? Don’t worry about it, do high knees, jumps in place, jumping jacks or a combination.  Anything to keep your heart-rate up.  After each circuit, there is a minute of rest.

I highly encourage you to listen to Thriller, Disturbia, Ghostbusters, Monster Mash etc. during this workout to get the full halloween effect.

  • 30 sec Burpees, 30 sec Jumprope
  • 30 sec squats, 30 sec Jumprope
  • 30 sec box jumps, 30 sec Jumprope
  • 30 sec jump squat, 30 sec Jumprope
  • 30 sec squat and press (5-10lb weight), 30 sec Jumprope

1 minute rest.

  • 30 sec push-ups, 30 sec Jumprope
  • 30 sec snap jumps, 30 sec Jumprope
  • 1 minute plank (think of it as 2 30 sec intervals)
  • 30 sec weighted burpees (5-10lb weight or regular if needed), 30 sec Jumprope
  • 30 sec tricep dips, 30 sec Jumprope

1 minute rest.

  • 30 sec mountain climbers, 30 sec Jumprope
  • 30 sec burpees, 30 sec Jumprope
  • 30 sec step-ups (weighted or non depending on preference), 30 sec Jumprope
  • 30 sec split jumps, 30 sec Jumprope
  • 30 sec squat and press, 30 sec Jumprope

Recover or Repeat.

I repeated this workout two times through for a total of 30 minutes, but if you want you can just do it once for 15 minutes of HIIT goodness.  I promise your heart will be pumping and you will be sweating.  It’s a total body killer that will leave you feeling amazing.