Strength/Cardio Circuit du Jour

I had mentioned that when I was home, I did a little circuit training in my backyard.  It’s a circuit I’ve done about 3 or 4 times now, so I thought I would share it with you- because I really like it, and because it’s from Jillian Michaels’s so it’s gotta be pretty legit, right?

I found it in Shape magazine, which I usually just read for fun and don’t take too seriously.  But again.  Jillian Michaels.  That woman is for real.

The circuit goes a little something like this (Hit it, I always tried to be the flyest kind on the block…Aaron’s Party anyone?):

First, Strength.
30 seconds of plié squats with a tricep extension (
30 seconds of deadlift rows (
30 seconds of push-up press (

Do these three exercises in a row with no breaks. Repeat once before moving onto the next section!

Second, Cardio.
30 seconds of sprinting in place
30 seconds of jumping rope
Again, repeat this circuit before moving on to the next. I’ve modified this part and usually do a combination of high knees, butt kicks or jumping jacks instead of running in place!

Lastly, Abs.
30 seconds inchworm (
30 seconds rotating plank tuck (

Same thing, do each other these twice.

Congrats, you finished the circuit. Rest for a minute and do it 2 more times!

I like this because you can make it as easy or as hard as you want by upping the weights, etc.  It takes around 21 minutes to complete, and hits all the main muscle groups while keeping your heart rate up with the cardio! Thanks Jillian Michaels!