I don’t know about you guys, but my summer has been crazy so far. A good crazy, however, with more boot camps and personal training clients (hooray!) but it’s been a challenge to figure out where to fit in my own workouts, especially when the kids are with me.
When I can’t get to the gym (or when I’m an idiot and show up at the gym with my kids at noon thinking the childcare runs until 1 and then am told it’s only until noon during the week—FAIL!) I just go straight to my driveway and get my workout done. The heat and humidity can be a drag—I am a bit of a fragile flower when I work out in full sun—but it’s better than no workout. I also have been giving a free show to the HVAC guys doing work on my neighbors’ house. So there’s that.
So when I’m out in the driveway, it’s usually a 30 minute fast-paced special. I have to admit, I’m new to the 30 minute power session. For years, I’ve told myself that anything less than 60 minutes is a waste of time at the gym. But I’m now a huge fan of the quick and sweaty. It amazes me how much I can get done in 30 minutes, assuming I don’t get distracted by changing songs on Spotify.
But to do a 30-minute quick-and-sweaty right, there are two basic rules:
The leg burner
This is similar to the circuit I showed on Facebook here. Cycle through this one 2-3 times and your legs and glutes will be crying uncle in no time. I did this in my driveway this morning and was a sweaty mess by the end.
Upper body domination
One time after I did this at the gym, I dropped my keys in the car when I tried to put the keys in the ignition. My shoulders were COOKED!
Just your average stopwatch-toting suburban mom, looking to make some locals sweat and curse my name.