Today I'm sharing a Valentine's Day Circuit workout. It's the perfect thing to get you sweaty when you're in need of some inspiration at the gym.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Before I get into today's workout, does anyone have any plans for today with their special someone? My boyfriend and I got together on Friday night and he got little red velvet heart cakes for us to enjoy from Sunterra for dessert after dinner. They even had strawberry jam in the middle. They were so good! I usually like to keep Valentine's Day pretty low key (there's way too much unneeded pressure otherwise), so it was a perfect way to celebrate together.
And now onto the workout! This Valentine's Day themed circuit workout contains three circuits, each of which have three strength exercises (upper body, lower body, and core) which are done for 12 reps followed by one minute of cardio. Do the first four exercises, rest as needed, and then go onto the next circuit. Complete all three circuits 4 to 5 times for a full workout. This full body workout will work all your major muscle groups in less than an hour.
If you're going to do this workout at home and are in need of some dumbbells for the squats, side shoulder raises, and overhead presses, I like these ones (affiliate link) that are available from Amazon. They're available in different sizes so you have some choice when it comes to what weight you use for different exercises. For example, I typically use a higher weight for squats and a lower one for upper body exercises. To find more of my favorite fitness equipment, click here.
Below you'll find a graphic with the workout on it that you can pin on Pinterest or save to your phone so you can reference it at the gym. I've also described all the exercises just in case there's one or two that you're unfamiliar with.
Starting on your toes and hands, make sure your body is a straight line from your heels to your knees, hips, shoulders, and neck. Your hands should be a bit wider than your shoulders. Slowly bend at the elbows, lowering yourself to the ground. Try to get at low as possible, and then push yourself back up, all the while maintaining that straight line. An easier modification is instead of being on your toes, lower to your knees.
With feet hip width apart and dumbells in your hands at your sides, use the glutes to lower your hips back and down while bending at the knees and ankles. Once you’ve reached the lowest position you can without leaning forward too much or letting the knees collapse in, return to a standing position, again using your glutes to propel yourself.
Lay on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. With your hands behind your head and elbows out to the side, bring your feet off the floor so that your shins are parallel to the floor and your knees are bent at a 90 degree angle. Bring your shoulder blades off the floor and alternate bringing your left elbow towards your right knee, and your right elbow towards your left knee. Your feet should look like they’re pedaling a bike.
Stand with your feet hip width apart and your arms bent comfortably at the elbow. Bend your left knee and bring the heel of your left foot behind you so that it touches your butt. Lower your left foot back down to the ground and repeat with your right foot.
Side shoulder raises
With your arms down at your sides with a dumbbell in each hand, slowly raise your hands away from your body to the side, keeping your arm straight at the elbow. Once your hands reach shoulder level, slowly lower them back down to your sides.
Similar to alternating lunges, instead of stepping straight back with your left leg, you place your left foot behind you and to the right, so that it crosses behind you and return to standing. Repeat with your right foot stepping back and to the left.
To perform a side plank, lay on your side with your elbow beneath your shoulder and your forearm on the ground. With your top foot stacked on top of your bottom foot, lift your hips off the floor so that your shoulders, hips, knees, and feet are in a straight line. Hold and then repeat on the other side.
Stand with feet together and arms at your sides. Jump both feet apart from each other while raising your hands above your head with straight arms. Jump your feet back together and lower your arms to the starting position.
Stand with your feet hip width apart with a dumbbell in each hand. With your upper arms in a 90 degree angle to your torso and your hands directly above your elbows, lift your hands straight up so that your arms are straight above your head. Slowly lower your hands back down to the starting position.
Find something that when you put your foot on it, your knee is at a 90 degree angle. This could be a chair or bench. Step up with your left foot, and pushing off that heel step your right foot off the floor and onto the bench. Immediately step back down with your left foot, followed by your right foot.
Stand with your feet hip width apart with your left foot slightly forward. Lift your arms up so that your hands are in front of your face with your left hand slightly forward. Punch one hand at a time in front of you, repeating as quickly as possible while maintaining good form.
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As always, talk to your doctor before beginning to workout. Honor your body and modify this workout as needed.
Are you doing anything fun tonight for Valentine's Day? Let me know in the comments.