With all of the rain and thunderstorms that we have had in Tampa lately, I haven’t been in the pool in over a week! Not only does the thunder deter us, but when it is raining so hard and the lifeguards can’t see the bottom of the pool, we get the boot too. I have been using the swim workouts as more of my strength training lately, but without swim practice for the last 7 days, I headed to the gym. I really wanted to challenge myself rather than just going through the motions. My first idea was to do my Jello Leg Workout, but I decided to get a little more creative with a new circuit workout!
The biggest aspect to focus on during this workout is correct form. The first set is not super challenging, but by the time you get to the 3rd set, your body is pretty tired. This tired feeling is when form is pretty easy to slack on, which means it is very easy to get hurt. If you are not sure how to do any of the exercises above, just look them up on YouTube from a certified trainer.
This workout seriously kicked my butt! I had to really push myself to
start finish the 4th set, and I was huffing and puffing the whole way through. If you are looking for more of a beginner workout, just shorten it to 2 sets instead of four, and then work your way up to it. With 4 sets, the workout rounds out to about 45 minutes (this includes the warmup). My goal is to see if after doing this workout a few times, that I can get to 5 sets. Lofty goals I have!
I was pretty surprised how sore I was the day after this workout. My hamstrings were on fire, and I could really feel my lower abs. It is amazing to me how truly difficult the mountain climbers are! I used to do them when I was in elementary school – I vividly remember them being part of our stretch/warmup before we started our play time – but I never remember them being so rough!