Outdoor Leg + Cardio Workout

I always love a switch up, so today that’s what I’m sharing with you. The scheduled workout of the day is legs as part of the Weight Training Plan 2.o/Summer Challenge. Buttt, if you’re looking for a little something different, I have an alternative workout you can try today!

My sweet little Leo turned 1 month old on Friday (half of my heart wants him to stay little forever and the other half loves watching him grow). I decided this is the week that I am going to ease back into workouts.

My husband, Anthony and I are celebrating 2 years of marriage today, so my mom came over to watch the baby and we headed out for our day date… brunch at our favorite place and a workout outside. I had Anthony record clips of my workout so that I could share it with you.

WORKOUT VIDEO:

WORKOUT SUMMARY:

3 sets, 30 reps – Kettlebell Swings

3 sets, 20 reps – Split Squats + Kickback (20 reps each side)

3 sets, 20 reps – Stair Squat Hops

3 sets, 10 reps – KB Walking Lunges (10 steps each side)

3 sets, 30 reps – Step Up Hops (30 reps each side)

3 sets, 20 reps – Calf Raises

*Personally, I tried to take as little rest in between sets as possible

EXERCISE DESCRIPTIONS + TIPS:

Kettlebell Swings: begin with your legs wider than shoulder width apart and your knees bent, sitting slightly back into the start of a squat position. Reach down with both hands to grab a dumbbell and let it hang straight down in front of you. Use your glutes (important!) to fuel this movement. Squeeze your butt and thrust your hips forward as you move the kettlebell from down in front of you to straight out at shoulder level. Keep your chest high.

Elevated Split Squats + Kickback: place your front foot slightly elevated on some sort of step. Transfer your weight to that front foot as your back leg comes up into a glute kickback. Don’t use momentum… preform this movement slow and controlled allowing that glute to do the work in the kickback. Bring that back leg down to the ground, dropping into a lunge/split squat position and repeat.

Stair Squat Hops: on a series of steps, sit back and down into a squat. Slowly and carefully hop up to the next step staying in that squat position. If you only have a few steps (like I do), briskly jog down the steps to repeat.

KB Walking Lunges: perform walking lunges as you normally would but to increase the challenge, with every lunge, transfer the kettlebell from your right hand to your left hand (and vice versa). Make this kettelbell transfer between your legs as you lunge forward.

Step Up Hops: Place one foot on a step and very quickly, drive the knee on the opposite leg up as you hop off of the step. Repeat. I find it’s key with this movement to develop a rhythm and use your arms to drive yourself up.

Calf Raises: Find a step or if you don’t have one, you can perform this movement on a flat surface but a step will increase the challenge. Stand only with the balls of your feet on the step and raise to your tippy toes. My personal tip is that I like to hold this movement for one to two seconds at the top to really engage the calves and then slowly lower down.

SUMMER COMMUNITY GEAR IS HERE!

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