Sprint interval workouts are a great way to get a quick and effective cardio workout in, especially if you are strapped for time or not a big runner or cardio fan. Every other round will consist of timed sprint intervals, which will be in between a variety of repetition exercises. This workout will focus on mainly the core for the rep exercises. Try to transition between each exercise with minimal rest. Increase or decrease your sprint time as needed, depending on your stamina and endurance.
Familiarize yourself with all of the exercises prior to the workout. There is a description of each below the workout. I also keep the treadmill running so that I can quickly hop back on, setting up a station next to it for my rep exercises.
[SPRINT = 30 second treadmill sprint (8.0+ mph)]
Walking Pushups (8 reps)
Reverse Crunch (20 reps)
Walking Pushups (8 reps)
Reverse Crunch (20 reps)
Weighted Leg Strike (10 reps/leg)
Weighted Double Crunch (20 reps)
Overhead Lunge and Press (5 reps/leg – 10 reps total)
Weighted Double Crunch (20 reps)
||Get into push up position with legs slightly wider than shoulder width. Do a push-up then walk hands and feet to the left and do a push-up. Repeat alternating directions. **Finish with modified push-up if you max out.
||Lay on back, arms at sides, legs straight above hips. Lift hips off ground and legs straight up, feet towards the ceiling. Lower to start and repeat.
|Weighted Leg Strike (left/right)
||Stand with feet lunge-length apart, right leg back, holding a 10- to 15-pound dumbbell overhead. Draw your right knee upward and bring the dumbbell down to meet your knee, keeping your arms straight. Tap the ball of your right foot on the floor behind you as you extend the dumbbell back overhead and quickly repeat. Complete time/reps for each leg.
|Weighted Double Crunch
||Lay on your back holding a dumbbell in each hand, arms reached behind you. Legs are straight in front of you and lifted off the ground slightly. Crunch up as you bring your knees to chest, bringing the weights to shins. Straighten arms and legs back to start and repeat.
|Overhead Lunge and Press
||Stand holding a barbell above your head. Step forward, lunge down and stay low and bring the bar down to your chest then press it back up. Step back to start and repeat, alternating lunging legs.
Here’s a quick 8-minute AMRAP (as many reps/rounds as possible) workout. Push yourself for the entire 8 minutes to complete this workout as many times as possible. Take a quick break when needed, but work your ass off for just 8 minutes to get the most out of this workout.
I completed 4 rounds + 13 reps of this workout.
Set a timer for 8 minutes and complete the following back to back:
Suitcase Squat – 5 reps/side
Weighted Sit-up – 10 reps
One-Leg Row and Tuck – 10 reps/wide
|Suitcase Squat (left/right)
||Stand with feet hip-width apart, arms by sides, holding a dumbbell in right hand. Lower into a squat bringing weight as close to the ground as possible and repeat.Complete reps then switch to the left hand.
|Weighted Sit Up
||Start laying down with legs straight and holding a dumbbell with both hands back over your head. Sit up- keeping the reaching with the weight toward your feet. Bend your knees slightly if needed. Lower back to star, bringing the dumbbell back toward the floor behind you.
|One Leg Row and In (left/right)
||Stand holding a dumbbell/kettlebell in your right hand and put all weight on your left leg as you raise your right leg behind you as you hinge forward and hold the weight straight down from your chest, left arm reached out past your head for balance. Row the weight toward your chest bringing your elbow back as you bend your elevated leg tucking the knee toward your chest. Lower the weight and straighten your leg back behind you. Repeat keeping all weight on your standing leg and leaning forward. Complete reps then switch sides.
I figured I would follow-up my last workout, the Upper Body Burnout, with a lower body burnout. This will be a high intensity interval circuit with 20 rounds (do exercises 4 times through). You will be feeling this in the quads and thighs mostly.
Complete the following exercises for 45 seconds work then taking a 15 second rest.
4 sets (20 rounds)
45 seconds work, 15 seconds rest
Kettlebell Pendulum Swing
Side Pulse Lunges
Push Kick Left
Push Kick Right
Genghis Khan Burpee
|Kettlebell Pendulum Swing
||This exercise reinforces the loading of the butt and legs and the activation of the lats. start in your swing stance, using a heavy kettlebell. A heavier kettlebell is easier to use during the pendulum than a lighter bell, the more weight the more it counterbalances your hips. Grab the kettlebell with 2-hands and swing the kettlebell explosively between your legs as you’re hinged forward at the hips (like a traditional KB swing). Swing the weight back forward in a floating motion (using your lats, not your arms to swing it forward), as the kettlebell swings to the front stay low and sit back and down (instead of standing up). Tighten your glutes, your shoulders down (do not shrug) and your back straight in a hinged forward-like squat. Now use your arms to swing the weight back between your legs as your weight shifts back forward. Repeat staying low with a neutral spine. If you lose neutral spine, lower your weight.
|Side Pulse Lunges
||Lunge to the side, butt back bringing arms to chest and pulse twice into the side lunge. Bring feet back together, arms down and repeat on opposite side. (alternate sides)
|Push Kick (left/right)
||Stand with feet hip-width apart, elbows bent, hands in loose fists by chest. Bend right knee 90 degrees as you bring it up in front of you at hip level. Press right heel forward, foot flexed, as you lean torso back slightly until right leg is completely extended at hip level. Bend right knee to 90 degrees again as you straighten up posture. Repeat push kick without lowering right leg to ground. After time/reps, switch legs.
|Genghis Khan Burpee
||This is like a traditional burpee, but instead of standing up or jumping at the end you come half way up into a squat. Place your hands down in front of your feet, hop back into plank and then hop feet back forward, landing on the soles of your feet, knees bent about 90 degrees. Bring just your upper body up, hinging at the hips as you remain in a squat (make sure your squat has good form, knees behind toes). Place hands back down and repeat.
You can also do this holding a bosu ball or ugi ball to add weight, lifting it up above your head as you come up into the squat and balancing on it as you jump your feet back into plank.
This is a HIIT workout that will allow you to get some cardio in by really elevating your heart rate! While HIIT workouts are a great cardio workout regardless, this one has more cardio-specific moves…with a little bit of weight involved.
Like other HIIT workouts, you will have a set amount of time for work, followed by a short rest. Since this is a cardio workout, pace yourself but also push yourself. Make the most of the 45 second work time.
45 sec work – 15 sec rest
3 sets/18 rounds
Bench Top Toe Touches
Left Arm Kettlebell Swings
Right Arm Kettlebell Swings
High Knees + Get-ups
||Stand holding barbell/sandbag or a DB in each hand, palms facing your body. Bend forward hinging at the hips into a deadlift, lowering the weight with straight arms. Continue bending forward and lower the weights to the ground, in the same orientation as you were holding them and set them on the ground by your feet. Jump feet back and come into plank and perform a push-up (optional). Jump feet back forward, grab your weight as you come up, hinging up at the waist to standing. Repeat.
|Bench Top Toe Touches
||Stand behind a bench or box. Touch right toes up onto bench with knee bent 90 degrees, then switch feet quickly as you tap your left toe to the top of the bench. Repeat quickly alternating. Keep your back tall and core tight.
||Stand with feet hip-width, abs engaged with arms at your sides. Squat down bringing your arms bent in front of you.Jump up as high as you can, using your arms for momentum, and land softly back down into the squat position. Pause briefly and repeat.
|One Arm Kettlebell Swings (left/right)
||Stand feet wider than shoulder width. Swing kettlebell down with one arm between legs, bending knees. Swing up and power through your heels, bringing the weight up. Swing back down and repeat. Complete time then repeat on the other arm. (i also use my sandbag for an extra challenge)
|High Knees and Get Ups
||Start standing. Do 5 high knees, then drop down to your stomach, hands up by shoulders. Push back up to standing and repeat.
This is a 2 part workout with 2 separate HIIT circuits. The first is a lower body workout, while the second is a core workout. Take only a 1-2 minute break between the 2 circuits, or just enough time to reset your interval timer.
Circuit 1: 45 seconds work/15 seconds rest
3 sets (15 rounds)
Left Cross Seated Squat
Right Cross Seated Squat
Sumo Squat Torso Twist
Sumo Squat Jumps
Jumping Kettlebell Swing
Circuit 2: 30 seconds work/10 seconds rest
3 sets (15 rounds)
Scissor Bike Crunch
Left Side Plank Pulse
Right Side Plank Pulse
Left Leg Push-up w/ Knee Drive
Right Leg Push-up w/ Knee Drive
|Crossed Seated Squat (left/right)
||Sit on chair/bench, with left foot on floor and right ankle on left knee. Lean into left foot and stand up, squeezing glutes. Sit back down, keeping right ankle on left knee the entire time. Complete time then switch sides. If crossing your leg is uncomfortable, do the seated squat with your leg elevated and extended out in front of you.
|Sumo Squat Torso Twist
||Stand in sumo squat with legs wide and feet turned out, and arms bent 90 degrees up in front of face. Holding arms up and remaining in a squat, twist torso left and right. Be sure to keep your hips forward and feet planted. To add a challenge, hold a weight or medicine ball with both hands in front of your face.
|Sumo Jump Squats
||Stand with feet wide and toes turned out slightly. Squat down and come up into a hop, landing back into a squat. Weight can be added.
|Jumping Kettlebell Swing
||Stand with feet on opposite sides of step (straddling) holding KB in both hands between legs. Lower into a squat and jump both feet together on the step while raising arms straight out in front. Jump back to start while bringing the KB back down. You can also do this without a step, using the same motions.
|Traditional bike crunch but legs are straight and scissoring.
|Side Plank Pulse (left/right)
||Come into side plank you your forearm with your elbow in line with your shoulder, feet stacked. Pulse your hip upward and back to neutral in a pulsing motion. Don’t let hips drop down below neutral. This will be a small pulsing movement. Complete time for each side.
|One Leg Pushup with Knee Drive (left/right)
||Begin in pushup position with hands on bench, left leg lifted slightly, toes pointed. Lower into pushup, and as arms extend, bend left knee into chest, bracing abs in tighter. Return to start, keeping leg elevated. Complete time then switch legs.
This is a HIIT workout, but instead of a rest period between exercises you will be doing 30 seconds of deadlifts. This is referred to as active rest. There are 12 different exercises, with deadlifts in between for a total of 24 rounds.
For the deadlifts you can use a barbell or dumbbells, but keep them close so you can go right from your exercise to your deadlifts with as little rest as possible.
Here’s a list of the entire workout:
30 sec deadlift/active rest – 50 sec work
Alternate One Leg V-ups
Hip Lift and Reach
Sumo High Knees
Side Squat + Press
Left Leg Hip Thrust
Right Leg Hip Thrust
Clean and Press
Left Double Kickbacks
Right Double Kickbacks
Push-up + Toe Tap
Wide to Narrow Squat
Lying Shoulder Circle Crunch
||Stand with feet about shoulder-width apart, a dumbbell in each hand or holding a barbell/sandbag, arms in front of thighs, palms facing body. Hinge forward from hips, keeping back and legs slightly bent, as you lower dumbbells to shin level. Return to start, squeezing your glutes.
|Alternate One Leg V-ups
||Lay on ground with legs straight, arms overhead. Simultaneously sit up and lift one leg reaching arms up your leg. Lower and repeat alternating legs.
|Hip Lift and Reach
||Lay on your back with legs extended straight up and arms above your head. Lift hips and push feet toward the ceiling. Lower hips, then crunch up reaching yours hands toward your feet. Lower and repeat.
|Sumo High Knees
||Stand with feet wide, toes pointed out, elbow bent so fists are by chin. Lift on knee up bent 90 degrees, while twisting torso toward knee. Hop to the same movement on the opposite side, twisting torso. Only one foot is on the ground at a time.
|Side Squat + Press
||Stand with feet together and a dumbbell in each hand in front of your chest with palms facing each other but under the dumbbells. Step to the right and lower into a deep squat, and as you step back to center push under the weights and press them overhead. Lower weights back to chest as you step to the left and lower into another low squat. Repeat alternating sides.
|One Leg Hip Thrust (left/right)
||Lying flat, plant left heel on the floor with your knee bent at a 90 degree angle. Arms extend, fingers point toward your toes. Keep your right leg extended and foot flexed. Pushing through your planted heel and both arms press your hips toward the ceiling until your body forms a straight line from shoulder to knee. Press your heel toward the ceiling. The focus is on the movement of the hips. You can also do this with your foot on a bosu ball or ugi ball. Complete time/reps then switch sides.
|Double Kickbacks (left/right)
||Stand with knees soft, a weight in each hand at sides, elbows bent. Hinge forward at waist as you raise and extend arms into a triceps kickback while also lifting your left leg behind you. Return to start. Complete time/reps then switch legs.
|Push Up + Toe Tap
||Come into pushup position with your hands wide. Do a push up then bring your left foot forward and tap it with your right hand. Return and repeat the push-up and tap with the opposite foot and hand.
|Wide to Narrow Squat
||Stand with feet hip width apart, sandbag on shoulders. Squat down and come up not quite to standing and step out to one side and squat again in a wide squat. Again, only come up partly and step back to narrow stance and squat again. Repeat stepping out to the other side and back in, alternating sides.
|Lying Shoulder Circle Crunch
||Lie faceup on a mat lifting light (three- or five-pound) dumbbells behind your head, palms facing the ceiling. Engage your core and lift your legs off the floor six inches, knees slightly bent. Keeping your arms straight, circle your hands toward your legs until the dumbbells touch behind your hamstrings. Simultaneously lift your head and shoulders off the floor while bending your knees slightly. Extend your legs out and your arms overhead, reversing the motion. Works: deltoids, chest, core. TIP: to keep tension on the lower abs, don’t let your upper legs go past 70 degrees.