On the eve of my birthday, I headed to the gym for a birthday themed strength workout! What better way to ring in 28 than with a super sweaty gym session. I’m still not really sure how in the world I’m 28, and just two years from turning 30, but here we are. I am going to need some serious self-help when I turn 30 because I feel like that will be a BRAND NEW BALL GAME.
Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m really trying to focus on building strength. In years past, my main focus has been cardio. I mean hello, I was a runner. Ok, once a runner always a runner, but if we’re being honest – right now I’m only managing anywhere from 1-3 miles a week of actually running. Most of my cardio base comes in the form of biking and walking, but I’m learning to be content with that because my passion for running long distances is just not there at the moment. I’ve really been finding joy in strength training, and trying new things, so for now that’s what I’m putting energy towards.
I’ve completed this workout twice now, and a slimmed down version a third time. Each time I used a little bit different combination of weights, just depending on what felt right. The first time I used 12.5lb dumbbells for all arms, 15 and 20lb dumbbell for goblet squats, and 12.5lb dumbbell again for lunges. The second time I bumped everything up, and used 15lbs for all arm work, 25lb for squats, 15lbs for lunges. This workout can be tailored to any dumbbell level, so even if you’re only working with 5’s and 10’s, it will still be a great workout!
I am loving this circuit, and it leaves me feeling sweaty and STRONG. And usually a little sore, but a good sore! If you don’t have time to make it to the gym, you could complete this in your living room while you watch TV, and sub the yoga ball for pushups on your knees, and plain jane crunches, or some variation of either. Then instead of box step ups, you could do an additional round of squats or lunges.
Get after it! It’s a good one, promise! Pin for later ^^^