Connecting with my old routes with today’s Step-up HIIT workout! Am I the only one that did step aerobics? I actually started my fitness journey with running and doing The Firm workouts in my living room! I remember memorizing the choreography and how long it took me to be able to do the entire DVD without stopping!
Well whether you did step or not, this workout is sure to deliver on the leg shaking and booty lifting! No doubt you will feel this working throughout the workout – at least I know I did! You get to challenge yourself by squatting down low during the side squat lifts and getting low into the front leg in the knee ups! If you are new to exercise, then take the intensity out of this workout by not going to fast and not getting so low into the legs!
If you aren’t familiar with the concept of HIIT workouts – they are high intensity interval workouts where you work as hard as you can during the “work” phase, which is followed by a quick rest. This workout is 6 exercises that are performed for 20 seconds each, followed by 10 seconds of rest. This workout will take you 15 minutes if you don’t stop through the workout! Because you are working at such high intenstiy, this style of workout has been shown to blast fat and give you great cardiorespiratory training! Did I mention your legs will be shaking? Yes please expect that too!
The great thing about using the step is you get to incorporate your core into every move! Your core will work hard to stabilize you through the knee ups and keep you upright during the side leg lifts! The step is also great to do my favorite move, tricep dips! These are really a great exercise for your triceps and you will most certainly feel this by the end of the workout!
5 rounds of 6 exercises, 20 seconds work | 10 seconds rest
Quick Left Knee ups – stand with the right foot on the bench and the left foot on the floor. Push into the right foot on the bench and lift your left knee up into the chest and then your left foot back down to the floor as quickly as possible. Continue this movement without changing feet for the entire 20 seconds.
Switch feet and do Quick Right Knee ups 20 seconds
Squat side lifts – stand on the side of the bench and leave one foot on the floor and one foot on the bench. Push through the foot on the bench and lift up, raising the foot on the floor to the side. Lower the foot back down to the ground. Keep the core engaged so you don’t lean to far towards the foot on the step.
Squat lifts on the other side of the bench.
Tricep dips – start sitting on the bench and place your hands right next to your butt. Lift your hips off the step and lower down, keeping your elbows from flaring out to the side and keep your butt/back close to the step. The further in your legs are, the easier this move is. To make this more difficult, straighten the legs or add weight in your lap.
Up up down down – Just like it sounds, your goal for this move is to go as fast as you can safely. Lead with whatever foot (for this example you will start with the right foot). Right foot onto the bench, then the left meets the right on the bench. Step down with the right foot then meet the right foot on the ground with the left foot. Repeat as quick as possible! This is a great move to do to get the strength to do box jumps!
What about you?
- How did your fitness journey start?
- Did you ever do step aerobics?
- What is your favorite way to work your legs?