For some reason hearing the phrase lung conditioning seems a lot less painful than “cardio”. Maybe I’m the only one. It almost sounds relaxing. Well I’d love to tell you this workout is just that, but I’d be lying 😉
Good news is you will most definitely feel relaxed and accomplished when this half-hour Tabata session is over. It’s all about cardio (lung conditioning!) and abs today. I’m so excited to share this with you and I hope you have the same love-hate relationship with it that I do.
Remember Tabata from an earlier post? 20 seconds on and 10 seconds rest for 8 rounds, a total of 4 minutes. These 4 minutes equal 1 set, and there are two exercises in each set. In this instance, the first exercise is lung conditioning and the second is an ab move. Like this:
(any exercise with a * by it has a how-to picture further down the post)
1. Jumping Jacks
1.High Knees/Butt Kicks (do two of each)
1. Burpees (no push-up)
1. Frog Jump Squats*
2. Crunchy Frog*
1. Mountain Climbers
2. Kayakers aka Russian Twists
1. Squat Jacks*
2. Plank Jacks*
In-and-Outs Step 1. Use your hands to support yourself
In-and-Outs Step 2. Use your hands to support yourself
Scissors Step 1. Try to keep you foot flexed and your leg as close to straight as possible
Scissors Step 2. SWITCH! Try to keep you foot flexed and your leg as close to straight as possible
Frog Jump Squats Step 1. Wide squat stance and make sure you’re fingers touch the floor!
Frog Squat Jumps Step 2. Explode into a high froggy leap, which you can tell is oh-so-fun by the look on my face
Crunchy Frog Step 1. Hug your knees. This one is hard to do at first, especially the balance part.
Crunchy Frog Step 2. Legs go straight out in front of you, not necessarily this high. This one is hard to do at first, especially the balance part.
Squat Jacks Step 1. Basically a jumping jack in squatted position. Stay low!
Squat Jacks Step 2. Basically a jumping jack in squatted position. Stay low!
Plank Jacks Step 1. These can be done with straight arms in push-up position or as shown. Move legs in and out like you would a regular jumping jack. Try to keep your butt down! I’m cheating here, shame on me.
Plank Jacks Step 2. These can be done with straight arms in push-up position or as shown. Move legs in and out like you would a regular jumping jack.
Any other exercises you aren’t sure how to do can be found easily in an online search. So now it’s your turn. Try this on a cardio day, or when it’s raining outside and you can’t go for your usual walk/jog/run/skate/bike/hike/swim/skip/cartwheel. Oh, look! Ideas for fun exercises to enjoy outside! Isn’t that something.
Mommy was here to visit this last week and a half. She left this morning and now I’m lonely again! I guess taking pictures of myself doing exercises is one strange way to pass the time. Luckily the only eyes that saw me belonged to the neighbor cat. She’s always being nosy.
I’m hoping next time to post some smoothie ideas. Why don’t you get a head start on me and try making one yourself today? Delicious and nutritious!
Check back tomorrow for your Weekend Challenge!
Good Things 🙂