My Real Life Workout Today: 6/18/12

No “New Move Monday” today. Instead I decided to give you another glimpse into my workout routine. I’m not sure if you wonder exactly what I do to exercise or not, but I know that I’m always curious what other people do for theirs! My workouts are different EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Because I love playing around with different exercises and equipment, I have a HUGE list of exercises to use! I usually keep a similar routine for about 2 weeks, then change it up.

So here you go. A down and dirty snapshot of today!

(Special props to my friend Bekah, who came in towards the end of my workout and snapped some pics of me!)


I love to work in circuits. It just helps me when I can group exercises together. Today was an upper body focused day.I also end each circuit with a plyometric move. This really elevates my heart rate and keeps me in an anaerobic state. (Fat burning) I am breathless and burning the whole time through!!

Warm-Up: 10 minutes on recumbent bike at a moderate speed

Main Workout:

3 sets done of each exercise in each circuit. I choose weights that make it very heavy to lift towards the last 1-2 reps. (10-15 lb weights.) Reps range anywhere from 8-15 depending on what I’m doing.

Circuit 1:

♦ Burpee/Push-Up/Renegade Row Combo (Currently, my fav exercise. See pictures)

♦ One legged bent-over reverse lat row (Similar to exercise linked here)

♦ PLYO: Prison Jump Squats

Circuit 2

♦ Around the world (medicine ball) with plie squat

♦ Reverse grip tricep pull-down on cable machine

♦ PLYO: Flat-Belly Burpee (aka. Crossfit burpee)

Circuit 3:

♦ Laying Bicep Curls (laying on aerobics ball)

Narrow Chest Press to a Chest Fly (laying on aerobics ball)

♦ PLYO: Hops (holding aerobics ball in air)


♦ Alternating Oblique Knee to Chest (Leg Raise Machine)

Ab Scissors



So what did you do today for exercise? Spill it!


  1. Christal says

    I used to change mine up every single day too :). I found though that I always had ‘trouble’ spots, hence why I kept changing. I didn’t change for boredom or any other reason. Then I found a workout called PureBarre. I did dvds of that for several months.. NOW I have put together something that has shown more results, I *enjoy* doing it and I still have energy at the end of the day ;). I do 40 minutes of my own version of PureBarre in the morning(15 minutes upper body, and 25 lower then I stretch). After devotions with my monkeys we walk for about 30 minutes in our neighborhood, then in the evening after supper we as a family exercise together for 15-20 minutes. Sorry for the lengthy comment :/. Homeschooling and exercising are some things I’ve been passionate about 😉

    • says

      I’ve heard great things about Pure Barre! I probably wouldn’t change mine up so much if it weren’t for the fact that I’m an instructor and blogger and am always trying to find new ways to update an old classic! I’m glad you found a good mix for you! Sounds like you have it down pat!


  2. Elli says

    I see in the pictures you have fitness/stability balls. I’m trying to find one for myself, but I can’t figure out what size I need. I’m just barely 5’6″ (without shoes). I want to make sure my legs can be at a 90 degree angle when sitting on the ball. Most websites seem to say that I’m right in between the 55cm and 65cm ball. Any advice you can give on this?

    • says

      You are right! You are on the border! I say 5’4″ and under gets 55 cm and anyone 5’5″ and taller gets a 65 cm. I would probably say the 65cm, however, if you belong to a gym, or have friends who own one, then try theirs out. I like to put air in them with an air compressor. Makes them blow up nice and stay firm. I’m sure you could return one if it wasn’t the right size.

      BTW–you are using the right guide..90 degree angle on the ball. You also don’t want to feel sunk down on the ball, but supported!

  3. says

    My husband and I are site directors for a tennis for kids camp and we played around with kids for a couple hours this morning, and then once we finally made it home and had dinner I went out for a brisk 30 minute walk (with some jogging and sprint intervals to really keep my heart rate up). Tomorrow is my Tabata day and those workouts are so tough! Wowsers! Have you ever done Tabata, Clare? I just watched a youtube video on the crossfit burpees! Wow! Those are no joke!

  4. says

    I got a phone call this morning at 8:30 saying that the childcare provider couldn’t come to work today at the gym so I had to stay home, but that didn’t stop me! I did an upper body workout of burpees, dips, pushups, and up-up down-down planks….my arms still hurt, lol.

    Thanks for sharing your workouts!

  5. says

    I just completed 30 Day Shred, and started Ripped in 30. I think I might be getting tired of Jillian though 😉 I’ve been incorporating P90X into my week as well. I’m ready for a change though! That’s why I’m here visiting you this evening! <3

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