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Workout I Did: A Circuit With the Kids

Need workout inspiration? That’s the point of us sharing our Workout I Did series. As always, these are workouts that work for us; use your best judgment if playing along at home!


It was a day where the gym just wasn’t in the cards. So I made good use of the kids happily entertaining themselves while I did a quick circuit workout. My daughter enjoyed playing along, and as you can see in the image, she also enjoyed making all of her stuffed animals and dolls plank right along with us. Ah, I love being a role model!

This workout looks super simple, and it is. But with no rest between moves, my heart rate got up quickly, and I was sweating in no time. And I was definitely sore the next day.

Circuit 1 (Repeat Three Times)

Move 1. 20 step-ups with lunge. For this move, I used a step stool. At the top, I hit a high knee; when I step off, I hit a lunge on the opposite leg. Twenty on each side, and I’m feeling the burn.

Move 2. 10 push-ups

Move 3. 20 squats. For a few of these, I was squatting with a 22+ pound baby!

Circuit 2 (Repeat Three Times)

Hold both of these as long as possible.

Move 1. Plank

Move 2. Wall-sit

This workout probably took me about 15 minutes, including a few kiddo interruptions. But it was quick, required almost no equipment and as I said, had me feeling the burn quickly and for a couple of days later. It also let me know that I have a ways to go in the endurance department when it comes to wall-sits and planks. By round three, I swear I only lasted 20 seconds on each of them!

What “endurance moves” do you like to hold as long as possible? —Erin

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