Total Body Strength & Cardio HIIT Workout

Total Body Strength & Cardio HIIT Workout

Total Body Strength and Cardio HIIT Workout

Strength Workout for Women

This workout you can choose. You can choose to perform just the strength portion (takes about 35-minutes), or you can stay till the end for my fantastic finisher. A 12-minute cardio HIIT focussing on the legs and abs.

Everyone wants a quick workout. I hear it all the time from people, and it even shows up in my YouTube analytics.

The shorter workouts that I record and release have more views than the workouts that take 45+ minutes to do.

However, longer workouts do:

Burn more calories.

Work more muscles, because you are at it for a longer period of time.

Train you harder – if the intensity is there.

This workout is long, and if you can do it in it’s entirety (with my cardio HIIT finisher at the end) you will be SO happy you did.

However, if you only have time for 35-minutes, then I have segmented it so you can get in an awesome strength workout. I got ya covered. Long or short workout. 

This is a fantastic strength workout for women too.

Since we start to lose lean muscle mass after the age 30, and then the years right after menopause we can lose up to 20% of our bone density it’s crucial that every woman between the ages of 30 to 65 strength train.

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Total Body Strength & Cardio HIIT Workout

 

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35-Minute Total Body Dumbbell Tabata

35-Minute Total Body Dumbbell Tabata

35-Minute Total-Body Dumbbell Tabata

A total body Tabata workout that uses dumbbells to increase muscle tone, as well as improve your cardio.

This workout, I am sad to report, I am solo. No loving husband.

I know! It’s just not the same without him. However, I gave him a really bad cold and the day I had to film (cause I missed last week from filming from being sick myself) he was coughing, sniffling and feeling pretty crappy.

So… since I was the a-hole who got him sick, the only conceivable thing to do was to leave him at home with Netflix, a bag of chips and a Big Gulp.

Tabata Workout

  • A Tabata workout is a series of sets (8 in total) of one exercise, with a work time of 20-seconds a set. While the work time is short, it makes up in intensity though.
  • For a true Tabata workout the exercises must be intense (a 9 and 10 out of 10 in the RPE scale).

The Science of Tabata

Research has shown that a Tabata workout can produce the same, and if not better, results for increased fitness, improved heart function and weight loss just the same as longer, less-intense workouts.

This is great news since the number one cited reason for not working out is lack of time.

 

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40-Min Total Body Cardio Weight Loss Workout

40-Min Total Body Cardio Weight Loss Workout

40-Minute Total Body Cardio Weight Loss Workout

Non-stop cardio that you can do at home. A great weight loss workout.

Cardio is always something I have hated to do.

This hasn’t been from lack of trying to love it, though.

Through the years I have competed in 10km runs, half marathons, triathlons and bike races, yet 22 years later I’m still not a fan.

There’s a couple of reasons cardio doesn’t have my heart.

First, I don’t like spending a long time on any one thing. It bores the hell out of me! (With the exception of hiking. I can hike for hours, and maybe that’s because it’s so much fun dragging loving husband up and down mountains.)

I am also adverse to being in large groups of people. I love exercise for it’s solo-ness (Don’t get me going about having participated in the Vancouver Sun Run. The most crowded run on the planet, if not the galaxy, and where you need to train in the art of defense first, then running.).

However,  I do love getting my heart rate up and I love to sweat.

So… through the years I perfected a variety of home cardio workouts that keep my attention, while also improving my fitness – and workouts that don’t leave me with any damn saddle sores (damn you bike seat!).

Total Body Cardio Weight Loss Workout

 

Tools needed:

A mat

Workout best for:

Home

Workout rated for:

Beginner – advanced

  

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Beginner Tabata Workout

Beginner Tabata Workout

Beginner Tabata Workout

In March I had the nicest email come my way. It was from a YouTube subscriber who is in her 70’s requesting a beginner’s Tabata workout.

She wanted to see what a Tabata was. However, she wanted to try one that was low impact and would not hurt her.

How can I say no to that?

What is a Tabata?

Tabata workouts are named after this gentleman, Dr. Izumi Tabata, a Japanese physician and researcher.

He conducted a study using an interval-based workout to see if athletes would see the same gains from a shorter training program as they do with a longer duration one.

His initial study used the Japanese Olympic Speed Skating team as his test subjects and the workout consisted of 20 seconds intense work, followed by 10 seconds of rest, for 8 rounds on a stationary bike. The whole workout took 4 minutes for the athletes to complete.

In just 6-weeks of training his subjects improved their anaerobic capacity (the ability for the body to work without oxygen, which in turn promotes speed, strength and power) by 28%, and they increased their VO2 max (the maximum amount of oxygen the body can use, which improves endurance) by 14%.

While this is a pretty cool study, it is used with elite athletes as the test subjects. Would this type of training work for us mere mortals, as well?

Beginner Tabata Workout

Further proof

In 2013 the American Council on Exercise enlisted a research team of their own to gauge how effective a Tabata-style workout really is – with normal people.

They took a group of 16 men and women who were deemed healthy and either moderately to very fit and between the ages of 20 to 47 years. After their initial treadmill test (to assess their starting VO2 max, maximal heart rate and ratings of perceived exertion – RPE) they had the participants perform 8 rounds of 4 different exercises, using the 20 seconds hard and 10 seconds rest interval for a total of 20 minutes.

The participants used full-body calisthenics with exercises such as: push-ups, mountain climbers, high knees, split squats, box jumps, burpees, jumping rope, side skaters, plank and punch, lunges, squats, high-knees and Russian twists.

The subject’s heart rates were  monitored throughout the workout, while their blood lactate levels were tested with a finger prick blood test and RPE was evaluated after every four-minute segment of exercise.

Immediately following the sessions, the researchers crunched the data and on average showed that during a Tabata workout their subjects averaged 86 percent of HR max and 74 percent of VO2 max —both of which meet or exceed established industry guidelines for improving cardio fitness and promoting fat loss.

As for calorie burning, the 16 subjects burned between 240 and 360 kcals during the workout, for an average of 15 kcals per minute burned.

Again, Tabata met established guidelines for calorie expenditure for improving health and facilitating weight loss.

I love this study due to two reasons:

They used body weight exercises (instead of a stationary bike like Dr. Tabata used), and they used exercises that can be easily replicated at home.

The researcher’s also increased the total workout time from 4 minutes to 20 minutes.

You see what a lot of people don’t understand is that the intensity that Dr. Tabata used on his athletes was extreme.

Even the most fit person would most likely puke at the 2 minute mark. So, by increasing the time of the workout, and dropping the intensity, it makes this type of workout a lot more doable for the average person.

Read more about Tabata workouts and their protocols here.

Beginner Tabata Workout

 

Beginner Tabata Workout Routine

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Skipping Rope Circuit Workout

Skipping Rope Circuit Workout

Skipping Rope Circuit Workout

This 20-minute skipping rope circuit workout is the BOMB!

For 50 seconds an exercise we rotate through 10 exercises alternating between a skipping drill and a lower body or a core drill.

After the 20-minutes is up we finish off with a nice stretch and you get to end your workout all sweaty and happy.

Skipping Rope Facts

  • Jumping rope burns more than 10 calories a minute
  • The effort it takes to jump rope for 10 minutes is the equilvalent of running a mile in eight minutes
  • Skipping is a full body workout. You use your core to stabilize, your legs and glutes for jumping and your arms and shoulders to turn the rope
  • You can burn 200 calories in two 10-minute skipping sessions
  • Skipping is less jolting on the joints than running
  • Jumping rope is a weight-bearing exercise, so it can help improve bone density and stave off osteoporosis
  • Skipping helps improve your heart rate and blood pressure
  • Skipping also aids your coordination and balance

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Skipping Rope Circuit Workout

 

Skipping Rope Circuit Workout - Fitness with PJ

 

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BOSU Ball Tabata Workout

BOSU Ball Tabata Workout

BOSU Ball Tabata Workout

Short workouts, like a BOSU Ball Tabata, are always bittersweet. They are sweet because they are short and they are bitter because you have to put some serious work behind them to see results.

My BOSU Ball Tabata Workout is the perfect bittersweet workout when you need:

  • A workout that is under 30-minutes
  • A workout that will get the heart rate up
  • A workout that will target the legs
  • A workout that will also hit the upper body
  • And, a workout that will get your core strong

BOSU Ball – What’s so great about it?

I have been using the BOSU ball for years and I love it for the sole reason that it spices up regular moves like squats, push-ups, lunges, crunches, mountain climbers, etc.

Since the dome creates an unbalanced training ground for you and your muscles, you have to work a little harder to stabilize your body while performing any exercise on it.

This extra work translates to more muscles used and more calories burned.

Click here for BOSU’s website.

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