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Workout I Did: Strength Circuit-Training for That Muscle!

4 sets of 12

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!


Many people are surprised I’ve been able to keep allowing my fiance to train me; most couples end up ripping each other a new one by the end of a good day’s sweat. That’s not to say that I’ve never wanted to kick Mark in his delicate areas for making me do extra anything though. I just happen to be addicted to his workouts—and the dang things work!

I’ve been trying to get back in the healthy/good BMI range lately (my body has been flip-flopping like a mother trucker in the higher-end). A couple of weeks ago, I checked back in with the fabulous trainer at my new gym and found that I had lost 1 percent body fat and 5 inches! Talk about seeing some awesome results! The guns are starting to pop a bit more, I’m lifting heavier weights, and I’ve even managed to do two pull-ups! Two! The satisfaction of all that kept me going  long enough for Mark to give me my next six weeks’ workouts: his total-body circuit training.  I do each of the following four times…

Round One

  • Push-ups (15 reps)
  • Back row with dumbbells (12 reps)
  • Push press with bar or dumbbell (12 reps)
  • Squat with bar (12 reps)

 Round Two

  • Chest press on ball with dumbbell and hip-ups (12 reps)
  • Wide-arm back pull down (12 reps)
  • Tricep dips off bench (12 reps)
  • Back lunges with dumbbells (12 reps)

According to my beloved, you should choose weights that are a bit heavier than you’d normally go. You’re going for strength here. You should start feeling the burn around the ninth or tenth rep. That’s how you know you’re pushing yourself! I just moved up this week in weights and, girls, does my body feel it!

Do you do any of these moves in your workout? Will you try it? —Tish


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  1. Hi Tish. In my practice as a Sport & Exercise Psychology Consultant and fitness professional, I always challenge my clients to be better today than they were yesterday. I believe your “beloved” is right on the money:-)

  2. Tish,

    My husband and I started working out together when we were engaged and I totally agree with you…I am addicted to his workouts and I still see results! Your circuit work out reminds of my hub’s workouts he has designed for me. Gotta love the burn!

  3. FBG Tish says:

    @Dr. Haley Perlus I will definitely pass on the two thumbs of approval on to Mark! He’ll be so proud of himself : )

    @Sammy Shall we start calling it the “love burn”? I dig it!

  4. Tish!
    Love this post– heavy lifting blows my mind when it comes to results. Now, if only you had advice on how to GET your fiance to work out with you…;) lol.

  5. Sheldon says:

    Working out rocks. Thanks for the post.

  6. Sheldon says:

    Do you think it’s better to have a constant elevated heart rate. Or be more focused on the training.

  7. My wife and I have been training together for about two years now and I wouldn’t have it any other way. When you find the right person to train with, you find the right fitness regimes for each other and end up pushing each other to reach your goals!! Great article with with a great workout, Thanks 🙂

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