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Free Fitness Friday: Quick 20-minute calorie-blasting workout

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That's right! Your eyes are not deceiving you... I did say "FREE"! Every Friday I will post a FREE workout that you can do nearly any where, any time - especially when you are short on time. Gym-Life

I know how difficult it may be to find the time to work out during the work-week (especially on a Friday) but there's no better way to de-stress from the hectic week at work than to exercise! With these quick and effective workouts, you will be able to reduce your stress, blast some calories, and set yourself up for the weekend ahead! Seriously, these workouts are only 20-30 minutes long and can be completed nearly anywhere at any time!

So.... what are you waiting for? Let's get to work!

HITT Tabata Workout 1

Today's workout - 7/10/15

So here is how you complete the workout:

Start with a 5-10 minute warm-up. This can be done by walking, jogging, biking, the elliptical, the rower machine, the stairmaster... whatever your heart desires as long as you warm up your entire body and get your heart-rate up for at lease 5 minutes. Today I chose to jog for 1 mile on the treadmill :-)

Then you start your timer - I was introduced to the Interval Timer app by a dear friend (Lindsey) and absolutely love it! The timer is so easy to use and you can download it on your smart phone to use during your workout. If you don't have a smart phone, you can easily use a stop watch.

Complete each exercise (1-5) for 20 seconds of high-intensity work with a 10-second rest between each exercise until you complete the 5th exercise - that is one (Tabata) cycle. For example, do the kettle bell swing for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, then move onto the ring pull-ups (TRX pull-ups) for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, then move onto the wall ball for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, then move onto the plie' squat for 20 seconds, rest for 20 seconds, then finish with the plank and pike for 20 seconds. Rest 10 more seconds before moving onto the next cycle. Repeat the cycle 5 more times (for a total of 6 cycles) and then cool down for another 5-10 minutes (depending on how much time you have).  I had extra time this morning and chose to do the stairmaster for 10 minutes, but you can choose any form of cardiovascular exercise to cool down. Don't skimp out on the cool down! It's important to allow your heart-rate to come back down to near-resting levels AND stretch after a high-intensity workout!!

If you are not sure how to perform each exercise that is listed in the workout, simply click the links to see the proper form for each exercise. Or please feel free to ask me in the "comments" section below - I am happy to help answer any questions that you may have :-) Motivation pic

(Photo: Robolikes)

And that's all there is for today, folks! Short and sweet (yet super effective)! I bet you feel better already! :-)