If it’s not possible for you to go for an outdoor run, and you don’t want to jump on the treadmill for the hundredth time this month, then here is an indoor workout you can do at home for free. No need for special equipment. No need for hefty gym fees.
Oh! I forgot, it will also get you sweating like crazy and push your conditionning level to the max.
So are you excited? Then here we go…
30-Minute Indoor Circuit Workout for Runners
If you are currently stuck inside, due to the weather, a baby, safety concerns, monetary reasons, you name it, the circuit I’m sharing with you today is the perfect solution. In fact, this indoor workout routine is ideal for the cold winter month and perfect if time crunched fitness nuts.
Most of the exercises below require minimum equipment and can be done almost anywhere, as long as you have enough space. These exercises will boost your heart rate, sculpt your body and get you out of running rut and help you smash through a training plateau.
For more challenge, use heavier dumbbells, medicine balls and push as hard as you can, or shoot for more rounds.
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Warm up right by jogging in place at a comfortable pace for five minutes. Make sure to land on the balls of your feet.
Exercise one: Jog in Place
Once you are warmed up, pick up the pace and jog in place as fast as you can by driving your arms back and forth and lifting your knees to waist level. Make sure to run in place as fast as you can while pumping your arms back and forth, engaging the upper body as well.
Alternate between jogging at high intensity for 30 seconds, then slow it down and recovery for another 30 seconds, bringing your heart rate up in the process.
Exercise Two: High Knee Sprints
While jogging, pick up the start performing high knee sprints by bringing your knees up high toward your chest as fast as you can while engaging the glutes and keeping your torso upright. Make sure to focus on high speed and knee lift while swinging your arms back and forth to generate momentum.
Sprint in place for one full minute to complete one set.
Exercise Three: High Lunges
Stand tall with back straight and core engaged, then step your left foot forward as far as possible so you are in a wide lunge position.
Next, while keeping your torso upright and gazing straight ahead, push through your left heel and drive your right knee forward and up toward your chest, then return it to starting position and repeat as fast as you can.
Do 10 to reps on each side to complete one set.
Exercise Four: Burpees
From a standing position, lower down and place your hands on the floor on either side of the feet.
Next, kick your feet back so you are now in a plank position, then immediately bring the feet back to between your hands and explosively jump up into the air, clapping your hands mid-air.
Make sure to land softly on the floor, then repeat as fast as possible while keeping good form throughout the exercise.
Exercise Five: Squat Jumps
Stand with feet hip-width apart with arms crossed over your chest.
Next, while keeping your head up and core engaged, squat down until your upper thighs are parallel to the ground, then, while pressing mainly with the balls of your feet, and using the thighs like springs, jump straight up in the air as high as you can.
Last up, land softly on the floor, bend your knees and sink back into the squat position and immediately jump again.
Please make sure to land with control and be extra caution if you have any knee or back injuries.
Repeat for 12 to 16 to complete one set.
Exercise Six: Butt Kicks
Begin by standing with your legs shoulder width apart, with the arms bent at your sides.
Next, while keeping your back straight and core engaged, run in place by kicking your heels up toward your butt, pumping your arms back and forth with elbows bent at a 90-degree angle as quickly as you can.
Make sure that your thighs do not move much as you lift and kick one heel at a time to your butt.
Lift your heels as close as you can to your butt, using a quick leg movement on the balls of your feet.
To do this circuit right, make sure to take minimum recovery between each exercise. Your heart rate should remain high throughout the entire circuit.
Exercise Seven: Ski Abs
Assume a straight arm plank position, with back flat, head in neutral position and feet together.
Next, while engaging your core, hop both of your feet up to the left side, aiming to bring your knees to the outside of your left elbow, then quickly hop back into starting position, and change sides to complete one rep.
Repeat the exercise for one full minute to complete one set.
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