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HIIT CARDIO & ABS WORKOUT

Spring Workout Plan – Day 8 and it’s all about abs and cardio. I’m keeping these blog workouts short yet intense. The 30 minute-ish workout philosophy has really improved my fitness game and I hope it helps you in the same way. In fact, I’m going to do an entire post tomorrow on the length of a workout: how long you need to get in an effective workout and how you can speed it. up.

 

THANK YOU

I also want to add – thank you so much for the sweet response to yesterday’s blog post. I can’t lose sight of the fact that 99% of you are sweet, encouraging and supportive.

 

ABS ABS ABS

Without fail, come early spring, the fitness world buzz always surrounds ABS. When it comes to abs, I’m 50/50 on the topic.

Half of me is like: woohoo abs! Love them! I’ll work my butt off to see them!

The other half of me feels like: eh. Abs don’t make you happy. There is so much marketing hype around ab muscles and unfortunately, so many myths perpetuated that it frustrates me.

I just want you to know: seeing abdominal definition will not make or break you. I get that it’s a fun fitness goal and I understand the fascination, which is why I share

 

2 AB-RELATED BLOG POSTS I THINK YOU’LL LOVE:

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Here is today’s workout…

lauren gleisberg hiit cardio and abs workout

SPRING WORKOUT PLAN

If you’re looking for a workout plan that focuses on getting fit and shedding fat through quick, effective workouts, download the free calendar and follow along HERE

spring break workout calendar plan

30 Minute Circuit Workout (+3 reasons why I love short workouts)

This is one of my favorite workouts from the new 30×30 Fat Loss Shred plan (this one). If you’re following along with the community – we are currently on Day 11. I am going to screenshot the workout and include it here because that’s truly how much I enjoyed it. 

This workout in particular I liked because of how tight it left me feeling. I realize as I’m typing this that is kind of an odd thing to like about the workout haha. Allow me to explain. You know when you’re lifting and let’s say you’re doing an arm workout… your biceps are pumped up and you feel so strong. I love that! Typically, on a cardio/ab type of day, I don’t get that sort of strong and empowered feeling BUT this workout totally gave me that. My core felt so tight and strong. I was sweating. Such a great workout! I hope you love it as much as I did.

Okay, if you scroll down a bit I’m going to share 3 reasons why I’m currently loving shorter workouts.

30 minute circuit workout

3 REASONS WHY I’M LOVING QUICK WORKOUTS

INCREASED FOCUS/QUALITY

This one is totally mental. Then again, isn’t life a total mind game. When you master your mind, you master your life… I’m still working on that haha but for now, I’ll master my workouts. Okay, so with shorter workouts, I feel like I am so much more focused and therefore, the quality of my workouts increase.

Because these workouts are timed, I know they won’t exceed 30 minutes. My thought process prior to these workouts is like: “okay, it’s only 30 minutes… put your phone in your back, don’t think about what happened at work and just get to working out.” 

SWITCH UP 

I am constantly pushing to keep my workouts different. It’s good for the body. It’s good for the mind. There’s nothing more boring in life than doing the same thing over and over.

Okay, now I’m laughing because since I’ve been 12 years old, peanut butter on toast or an English muffin has been something I’ve eaten as part of my breakfast haha. BUT… with most other things (like workouts!), I can’t do the same thing for too long.

30 minute workouts are just different. And sometimes, different feels good!

I ACTUALLY WORKOUT! 

Kind of funny, I know but when I know my workout will only be 30 minutes, I actually complete it. Like I mentioned at the beginning of this list, life is a mind game. When it’s 530 AM and I’m committing to a morning workout or if it’s 6 pm and I’ve had a long work day yet still need to go to the gym… the thought of getting in a 30 minute workout feels so much more feasible. 

Don’t get me wrong… very often, I’m motivated enough to tackle a workout that is 45 minutes or more. The time at the gym seems to fly by BUT there are definitely days when a short workout happens simply because it was a short workout. And, something is better than nothing! You know?!

Fitmas Challenge: Cardio + Core (W4D4)

I love a bodyweight cardio workout that doesn’t require any equipment. I feel like I’m always telling you “you’ll like this workout” haha but I really think you’ll enjoy today’s cardio for 2 reasons.

1) the moves are just a little bit different that it was fun to complete them

2) the time actually moved pretty fast

WORKOUTS TO COMPLETE:

[ ] Blog Workout: HIIT Cardio & Abs workout x5 rounds

[ ] Video Workout Plan: abs workout video 

lauren gleisberg doing a cardio and core workout for women

 

-TODAY’S BLOG POST-

cheeseburger mini muffin healthy recipe

You MUST try these cheeseburger mini muffins + I’m sharing “5 things” in this post for just a fun little something today.

Fitmas Challenge: Cardio + Core (W3D3)

Here’s a little hump day cardio and core to get you through the half way point. How is your week going? I am suggesting this workout today as well as any day you may need a little extra kick in the rear. When I completed it, I felt energized without feeling like I had to give a ton of effort to my workout.

WORKOUTS TO COMPLETE:

[ ] Blog Workout: cardio + core

-TODAY’S BLOG POST-

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For the 12 days, I’m personally giving away 12 of my favorite things to you ladies. Each day, the giveaway goes down on Instagram – be sure to look for the daily post & enter there. Winners are announced here the following day.

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Fitmas Challenge: HIIT Cardio + Abs (W1D4)

Happy Thanksgiving! Here is a quick yet intense HIIT cardio and ab workout that you don’t need any equipment to complete. I thought it would be perfect to squeeze in today no matter if you’re home or away to celebrate a day of gratitude.

I just want you to know how very thankful I am of you. I’m thankful you let me into your life and into your fitness journey. Today and every day, I am so grateful for that!

WORKOUTS TO COMPLETE:

[ ] Blog Workout: HIIT cardio + abs

hiit cardio and ab workout

-TODAY’S BLOG POST-

Happy Thanksgiving! I wanted to take time to write you a note and share some of my thoughts on why I am so thankful for you today and every day. I am also sharing my recent Starbucks warm drink order. 

SPRINT HIIT CARDIO WORKOUT

You’ve seen this workout structure before because it guarantees a booty burn! 20 squat jumps between all the leg exercises is what we’ve got going today.


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TRAINING TIPS:

  • Complete 7 rounds of the HIIT portion
  • Take slightly longer rest/walk intervals if needed

SMILE MORE DAILY PHOTO CHALLENGE:

FRIEND – share a little something loving about a friend who makes you smile #LGFallChallenge #LGSmileMore

-TODAY’S BLOG POST-

Day 3 of the week of Sassy Blog Posts and today’s topic is… Instagram Fitness Models / Online Coaches / Network Marketers / Magazines. It gets sasssssy, especially opinion #2!

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HIIT CARDIO (SPRINT + LUNGE) WORKOUT

I LOVE this workout! You can complete it on a treadmill or on pavement. These intervals fly by, making this a quick yet effective workout.

I always like to remind people about what exactly HIIT is. High intensity interval training is different from interval training. HIIT refers to intervals of high or maximum intensity. So, when it says sprint… go all out! Run the fastest you can! During the walk intervals, really let yourself rest. Personally, I like to walk super slowly to keep my body moving but if you’d like, take a complete rest! That is where the best results with those huge heart rate fluctuations will be seen.

lauren gleisberg doing a hiit cardio workout
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(ISOLATED GLUTES + CARDIO WORKOUT FOUND IN THE GLUTE GUIDE AS PART OF THE PREMIUM CHALLENGE PACK)

My Training Recommendation: complete the Glute Guide workout and 5 rounds of the HIIT workout below instead of the cardio in the plan

TRAINING TIPS:

  • Complete 7 rounds of the HIIT portion of the workout
  • Intensity Increase Option: complete as many rounds as desired

SMILE MORE DAILY PHOTO CHALLENGE:

SLIPPERS – share a pair of slippers (or anything comfy and wearable) that is making you smile today #LGFallChallenge #LGSmileMore

-TODAY’S BLOG POST-

I’m doing a full review on the super popular APL sneakers. They’re suuuuper pricey so I’m giving you my honest thoughts so that you can decide to splurge or save!

 

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JOG + SHUFFLE HIIT CARDIO

HIIT that you’ll be saying “hell yeah” about. I know a lot of people complain about cardio so I try to make these workouts as enjoyable as possible! I think the best way to achieve that is through short intervals of varying cardio types.

As many of you know, I’ve been trying to get back into running. I’m not one to go for a 5 mile jog. I just like the feeling of running whether it’s a mile or short run/walk intervals. Unlike some other forms of cardio, running always yields me that endorphin rush. 

I’m sharing that because it was kind of the inspiration behind today’s HIIT workout. I wanted to create a workout with a little bit of running and a glute emphasis. If you’ve never combined running (jogging/sprinting) with side shuffles… you’re going to be pleasantly surprised as to how well it works the butt!


lauren gleisberg wearing black Lululemon legging crops

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Lauren Gleisberg's hiit cardio run workout

 

TRAINING TIPS:

  • This workout consists of 3 circuits; complete 3 rounds of each circuit before moving onto the next
  • Intensity Increase Option: complete 5 rounds instead of 3

SMILE MORE DAILY PHOTO CHALLENGE:

A WEEKEND PLAN THAT MAKES YOU SMILE – what weekend plan of yours is putting a smile on your face? Share it! #LGFallChallenge

 

 

-UPGRADE YOUR CHALLENGE-

At any time, you can upgrade to the Challenge Premium Pack or Bundle (+meal plan) and instantly receive the exclusives including the early access link to your weekly workouts and the meal menus!

join lauren gleisberg and her fall challenge with the premium challenge pack

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HIIT CARDIO

If you caught me yesterday on Instagram stories… you know today’s HIIT cardio workout kicked my ass. There’s something about this workout (especially with the plyometric add on) that gave me a total post-workout high. I hope it does the same for you!


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(PLYO WORKOUT FOUND IN THE GLUTE GUIDE AS PART OF THE PREMIUM PACK)

My Training Recommendation: complete 3 rounds of the below HIIT cardio workout and then complete the Week 1 Plyometric workout

TRAINING TIPS:

  • Complete 5 total rounds of the HIIT portion
  • You may increase the intensity and duration of the workout by doing additional rounds
  • If you prefer a non running HIIT workout, try THIS one

SMILE MORE DAILY PHOTO CHALLENGE:

“A MEAL THAT MAKES YOU SMILE” – what meal are you eating today that puts a smile on your face? Eat ONLY foods you love!

-TODAY’S BLOG POST-

This recipe uses just 5 ingredients and all of 3 minutes to prep – it’s a healthy dip that I already know you’ll be making lots! Perfect for football season snacks!

-UPGRADE YOUR CHALLENGE-

At any time, you can upgrade to the Challenge Premium Pack or Bundle (+meal plan) and instantly receive the exclusives including the early access link to your weekly workouts and the meal menus!
join lauren gleisberg and her fall challenge with the premium challenge pack

ABS + CARDIO BENCH CIRCUIT WORKOUT

All you’ll need for this workout is a bench! Be sure to bring the intensity because while this circuit is short, it’s challenging! Your abs will be burning. The cardio will kick your booty. BUT, it’s all worth it!

lauren gleisberg doing an ab and cardio circuit workout

Randomness…

Yesterday, I wrote THIS post on 6 Super Simple Ways I Motivate Myself to Workout. One thing I totally forgot to mention is another tip I have on easing back into a fitness routine when you’ve taken time away. Because…. we’ve all been there. 

It may be a week away for vacation, a few days off when life gets hectic or you may not even be able to remember the last time you saw a gym… ease back in with a short workout. The thought of spending an hour or more at a gym will likely keep you from going when you’re low on motivation. So, just commit to a 20 minute workout.

The workout I’m sharing today is one you can complete in 20 minutes! It’s also so intense, I didn’t want to do more than 20 minutes lol. I’m a big believer in the quality of a workout over the length of time!

WORKOUT PREVIEW

WORKOUT SUMMARY: 

30 seconds: scissor kicks + butt ups

30 seconds: bench hop overs

1 minute: complete rest

30 seconds: knee in + outs

30 seconds: step up hops

1 minute: complete rest

30 seconds: decline toe taps

30 seconds: incline mountain climbers

1 minutes: complete rest

…complete 3 total rounds

I hope you like this circuit. I think I’m going to start sharing more workouts of varying lengths. AND, eventually, my OCD-loving self would love to organize workouts on my website not only by targeted muscle but also by the length of time. For example: 20 mins, 30, mins, 45 mins, 1 hour. Would you find that helpful? Let me know in the comments! Any other way you’d like to see them arranged??