Circuit & OIAJ!

So what do you do when you teach a class with a constantly changing class that expects something different each week?

Circuit Class!

A Circuit Class uses “stations” set up in a large space where the participants slowly make their way through each one at a designated time interval.  This particular class had 9 stations, which they would be at for 1 minute each.  In between each station, participants would do 30 seconds of HIGH intensity cardio.  These short bursts of cardio spike the heart rate briefly, getting that extra calorie burn.  Once the participants go through the circuit completely, I did a 7 minute ab section in the middle….then they did the circuit again.  Fun times!

Action clip…

This type of class allows a variety of exercises, including strength based…cardio…abs, or a combination of two or three!  This class had 9 stations:

  • Chest Flys on Inverted Risers
  • Lunges with Overhead Press on Tubing
  • Tricep Pushups
  • Agility Cone Drills (Suicides/Sprints)
  • Corkscrew Abs
  • Step Jumps
  • Kettlebell Swings
  • Squats (Taken slightly deeper)
  • Bicep Curls (Lower/Upper/Full Range)

We also hit abs in the middle with crunches, planks, oblique twists, etc.  Anything to get those abs burning!

Sweaty good times! 🙂

My light nights at the YMCA teaching classes usually mean dinner pulled together quick!  Thats when my bestest pal oatmeal always comes into play. 😉

Oats In A Jar!  The dangerously low level of PB hanging around in this jar was just begging to be turned into the perfect container for my oats!

(notice Steph trying to sneak her way into the blog world…)

Last year for Lent (which coincidentally is now!) I gave up ALL meat….and actually ended up going completely vegetarian for almost 8 months!  It was an awesome experience, and although I have slowly started integrating meat back into my diet…I could easily go vegetarian with meals like these.  As I incorporated more weight training into my workouts, meat was necessary…and I love it on occasion (chicken/turkey etc.) however I could leave it just as easy!

Oaty/Peanut Buttery goodness. *drool*

Since oats and group ex. have been the two main focus points of this blog…I have 2 questions….

  • Whats your FAVORITE Group Ex class?  Why?
  • Whats you FAVORITE way to make oats?

Have a great hump day everyone!  Zumba tonight…..gonna SHAKE it out!  Hopefully getting some good video clips for you guys!



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9 responses to “Circuit & OIAJ!

  1. Just noticed that you started to blog again, so glad to see you back!!

  2. Lauraloo

    First, to answer your questions: My favorite group class is Body Pump, but ONLY because I haven’t tried your Ripped class yet! Favorite way to make oats would have to be OIAJ. Amazing! The only thing I add to that is a little brown sugar or smooshed banana. LOVE!

    So I made your meatloaf last night and absolutely loved it! I make a turkey meatloaf that is damn good but nowhere near as healthy as yours! I loved the addition of the oats yum! The only thing I did wrong was that I added too much of the diced tomato liquid and it came out rather squishy. I had to add some breadcrumbs to soak up the squish but at least they were whole wheat! I will definitely be making this one instead of my less healthy one! And just so you know, less healthy just means that I sauteed mushrooms, bell peppers and onions in olive oil and added that into the meat and used breadcrumbs instead of oats…not so bad really just fattier 🙂

    Thanks again for the recipe!!

    • Oh I am so glad it worked!!! Yea, I love the oats! Mmmm, so good!!!

      BodyPump is awesome! I sub some classes at another gym and take it as much as possible! Gotta love that feeling of complete muscle burnout! Then knowing you have 8 more singles! 😉

  3. paula

    LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Sharon

    Target has this wonderful Archer Farms blueberry almond with flaxseed oatmeal ……… mix in some Weight Watchers amaretto cheesecake yogurt and yummo!!!!!!!

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