Quickie Workout

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I ended up working at my full time job until 5 — a full 10 hours!  I only had an hour in between my shifts, so I couldn’t make it to the gym.  I wasn’t feeling the 30 Day Shred and decided to do my own version in my living room.  It was fun!


  • Jog in place with 3 lb hand weights – 1.5 minutes
  • Jumping jacks with 3 lb hand weights – 1.5 minutes
  • Military presses with 3 lb hand weights and right leg extension – 1 minute
  • Military presses with 3 lb hand weights and left leg extension – 1 minute
  • Bicycle crunches – 1 minute
  • Shadowing boxing with 3 lb hand weights – 2 minutes
  • Jog in place with 3 lb hand weights – 1 minutes
  • 10 push-ups
  • 6 decline push-ups
  • 20 reverse crunches
  • Dance in place to "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga – 4 minutes


  • Total Duration:  20 minutes (give or take)
  • Calories Burned: 140


I was thinking in the shower how I didn’t do this workout because I felt like I had to — I did it because working out makes me feel SO GOOD.  It calms my nerves, it makes me happy, and it gives me a mental boost.   Dancing in my living room ESPECIALLY makes me smile! :0


Just goes to prove that you don’t need a gym, a road bike, or a clear and sunny day to squeeze in a great workout!  🙂



  • recipes for creativity May 19, 2009, 2:54 pm

    You go girl! I love dancing in my living room, too!

  • Annie May 19, 2009, 3:09 pm

    i like your creativity!

  • Tami May 19, 2009, 3:15 pm

    we love to dance as well! the kids think it’s “crazy”

  • Annabel May 19, 2009, 4:02 pm

    You’re so right! No one needs a gym (or money!) to get a good workout! you can lift books, lift your kids (lol), dance with your boyfriend (my fave) and a multitude of things outside of the “norm.” Way to go Caitlin!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy) May 19, 2009, 4:11 pm

    I totally agree Cait! If you choose to have kids, you will also come to find that these types of workouts are more frequent. Not to hate on other moms, but I don’t think it really is all that great of an excuse!

    Thanks for the ProBar info. I’m going to send a nice “sucking uppy” email.

  • Mrs. LC May 19, 2009, 4:13 pm

    Love dancing around in my living room! (Or bedroom, kitchen, whatev!). When So You Think You Can Dance starts, you better believe the whole show will be a dance along workout for me, haha. 🙂

  • teacherwoman May 19, 2009, 4:29 pm

    What a fun workout! Sometimes I just love to crank on the tunes in the morning when I crawl out of bed and dance. now that is a great way to start off the day!

  • Meg May 19, 2009, 4:39 pm

    awesome workout!

  • Adi (oatonomy.com) May 19, 2009, 5:06 pm

    Sounds more like a fun time than a work out 🙂

  • Brandi May 19, 2009, 5:30 pm

    love it! what a great, quick workout 🙂

  • Jenny May 19, 2009, 5:30 pm

    i love this girl.. you are absolutely right – there is a huge difference between working out because we feel we have to and working out because we genuinly want to.. glad you enjoyed your session today – it sounds fun :)!

  • Oh She Glows May 19, 2009, 5:37 pm

    I LOVE DANCING TO MUSIC!!! I do it all the time. I truly think that everyone should dance once a day!

  • Kiersten May 19, 2009, 5:44 pm

    Sounds like a good workout to me! I like making up my own routine sometimes, the gym gets too boring sometimes.

  • Amanda May 19, 2009, 5:45 pm

    LOVE IT! I often put on the 30 day shred so that I know when to switch moves, but I will choose what I do .. whether it is a Shred move from a certain level or just sprinting across my living room or dancing like a fool! Glad you got some fun sweating in!!

  • Trish May 19, 2009, 5:52 pm

    Way to work it in! 🙂 Dancing is one of the best workouts – and also one of the most fun. Great idea!

  • Help Meghan Run May 19, 2009, 5:56 pm

    That looks awesome! I will bookmark this one. And is there anything better than dancing crazy to loud music? I think not. 🙂


  • Bec May 19, 2009, 6:27 pm

    what a great little workout, i am going to steal this sometime!

  • just me May 19, 2009, 6:29 pm

    i totally needed to have done that today! such a great mini workout! i was simply too lazy…

  • Stacey May 20, 2009, 3:21 am

    Amen sista.

    Nothin like shaking your booty to get some stress out!

  • Kaley May 20, 2009, 7:12 am

    I would totally do more of these if I didn’t live in an apartment with people below me…they came up once when I was trying to do Tae Bo, oops 🙁

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