High Intensity Circuit Workout

Good morning! Ready for a High Intensity Circuit Workout? Keep on reading below!

So, I realized last night after reading many of your comments from my marathon baking session that I never really explained to you all why my mom and I go ‘balls to the walls’ with our cookie baking every year.


Basically, we just love to bake Christmas cookies! It’s been a tradition of ours to bake up a bunch of different varieties every year, so we can share them all with others.

Yes, we do share them. As much as I’d like to hoard them all for myself.

We both usually make up a few different trays to send in to work with the men, bring into work ourselves, and put together for little gifts, too. We keep them stored in the freezer (which is where they are now…out of sight, out of mind…sorta) and then just put the trays together as we need them.

I’m actually thinking that there may just be an opportunity for some of them to be given away here on the ‘ol bloggy. Keep your eyes peeled. Winking smile



Last night, Jay ended up showing me a workout that he’s been looking at trying out from Men’s Health called the Spartacus Workout.


This, honestly, could not have come at a better time for me, since I was pretty clueless on what I wanted to do this morning. I looked it over, and immediately decided that this was the little kick in the butt that I needed, so I made a little variation of my own.

The only equipment you need is a set of dumbbells (I used 10lbs.) a stopwatch (looks like my Halloween costume turned out to be pretty handy), and a motivated body. Winking smile

high intensity circuit workout

Pin It

(**For directions on how to perform any of the moves listed above, you can check out the original Spartacus Workout.**)

Let me just tell you…this workout is intense. By the first circuit, the sweat was happening, and by the third circuit, it was outta control.

The workout incorporates a mix of reactive and strength exercises, targeting the whole body, giving you a high-intensity, calorie-torching workout. (<—When I was originally talking about this with Jay this morning, he proceeded to tell me that I need to stop talking in “nerd talk” which I found pretty amusing.) In any case…give this workout a try!

Once I completed the circuit workout, I finished up with a quick abs routine:

  • 25 stability ball crunches
  • 25 leg raises with stability ball
  • 50 bicycle crunches
  • 20 alternating side planks (on hands and toes)
  • 1 minute plank (on forearms)

PHEW! Talk about gettin’ my sweat on!


Post-workout, I quickly showered and got ready so I could make breakfast because my stomach was grumbling a lot faster than usual this morning (not surprised).

On tap for today was another egg, provolone, and jam sandwich on a toasted whole wheat English muffin.


Of course, coffee was also involved, which was making the neatest little steamy-swirls this morning.



Workout and breakfast are DONE and now it’s time to head off to that little thing called work.

Have a great Tuesday!

Questions for the Morning:

What’s one workout/exercise that you hate to do, but continue to do it because you know it’s awesome and gives results?

Mine would have to be burpees. We definitely have a love/hate relationship. Winking smile


  1. Chantel says

    Sparticus is great! I did it along with my bf all summer. I can’t rave about it more. Its always good to change it up every after doing it 5 or 6 times. I also found it to help me when it came to bodypump too. And doing the burpees after your tired hurts so good 😉

  2. says

    I would probably have to agree with the burpees…. Ugh! There is just something about them that just…..well…..they hurt. 😉

    Can’t wait to see pics of all the cookies you guys made!
    Have a great day!

  3. says

    I have a hard time doing any workout I hate to do..but sometimes I dread different things different days and still do them for the sake of keeping up with the schedule. Like I’ll really, really, reallly not want to get up for a 5:30 spin class but know I should to have the rest of the week set.
    Mary @ Bites and Bliss recently posted..Respect reasons, not excuses

  4. says

    I’m convinced burpess were created by satan. I was forced to do them in field hockey; therefore, I never want to do them again.

    which presents a problem at certain fitness classes. but ya know, I grit me teeth and push through. after my initial pouting.
    Alyssa @ Life of bLyss recently posted..Speaking of Style…

  5. Erin says

    I absolutley HATE burpees and all their variations but they always seem to creep into my workouts! Another one that I dread doing but I find really challenging is something I think is called “up/downs???” You basically go into push up position and rest on your forearms and then push your self up one arm at a time-I’m probably not explaining it very well but its really painful :)

  6. says

    This workout is absolutely nuts. My husband and I just knocked it out in our living room and literally wanted to sprawl on the floor at the end.


    (I used 10lb dumbells as well and had to take a few extended breaks beyond the 15 seconds, for sure!)
    Abby recently posted..A Fresh Start


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge