Dear Jump Squats: You make my quads feel like jello. xo: Me
I’ve decided that it’s time to make HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts commonplace in my workout routine. Completing Jennifer Cohen’s workout this past week has been challenging, sweaty, and ultimately a BLAST (but I usually am thinking that last one post workout!)
HIIT training helps to burn fat, improve endurance, and build strength. Jennifer Cohen’s bootcamp style workout has you complete 9 moves for 30-60 seconds (depending on the move) and rest for 30 seconds between moves. Actually, here’s the bootcamp — you can complete it too!
- Jump Rope (60 seconds)
- Forward Lunges (60 seconds)
- Walkout planks (60 seconds)
- Jump squats (60 seconds)
- Push-ups into T stabilization (60 seconds)
- Seated rotation (60 seconds)
- Half burpee (60 seconds)
- Leg drops (30 seconds)
- Bicycle crunches (40 seconds)
Complete each of these exercises and rest 30 seconds before moving onto the next. You will complete the sequence 4 times! We were told to do the workout 4 days a week and do 45 minutes of cardio on the off days (I danced and ran!) If you’d like the description for a certain move please let me know in the comments section and I’ll reply back with it.
I’ll be honest, the first time I completed the sequence I only made it through twice. However, as the week progressed I could tell I was getting better already. I’m excited to keep this sequence in my workout rotation. I can definitely tell it’s going to help me improve my endurance and build strength — both things I’m trying to work on, as I’m currently 4 months postpartum.
I’ve got to say that my favorite move was the seated rotation. I could feel it in my abs and liked that it was a difficult move, yet I was good at it! The most difficult move for me, however, was the push-ups into T stabilization. I really need to work on my push-up ability and ended up using those 60 seconds to do as many push-ups on my knees. My favorite thing about the entire workout was the fact that both cardio and stabilizing moves were included. It seemed like the perfect balance of “go-go-go” with stabilizing moves thrown in.
I also have the best cheerleader, who helps daddy work the timer.
After each workout I was able to try the chocolate ready-to-drink Muscle Milk Protein Nutrition Shake. Here is where I should probably admit that I didn’t realize Muscle Milk didn’t have milk in it! In addition to being lactose free, the ready-to-drink protein nutrition shake is also gluten-free. Perfect for me to try, right? One nutrition shake has 25 grams of protein and helps promote muscle recovery. A vanilla latte flavor is also available.
Exercise is important in all of our lives, but it’s essential to remember that proper recovery is just as important. This includes eating right and taking rest days when needed.
Muscle Milk is an ideal blend of protein, fats, good carbohydrates and 20 vitamins and minerals to provide sustained energy, spur lean muscle growth and help provide recovery after tough days.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Muscle Milk via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Muscle Milk.