For the most part, I have a love-hate relationship with the gym. However, as of late, it’s been more of a hate-hate relationship. I’m a self-proclaimed “class girl,” meaning that A) I hate creating my own workouts, and B) trudging along on the same cardio machine for 45 minutes bores the hell out of me. Whether it’s Pilates, spinning, or the most grueling bootcamp class you can imagine, I’m all in. I love the variety and the fact that my workouts are pre-dertermined by trained professionals. However, being that Studio 1 – the room that houses most classes at my gym – was being renovated over the past week, I had no choice but to do my own thing.

As it turns out, I ended up creating one of the better workouts I’ve had in a while using only cardio equipment and an iPhone app called Sworkit. I absolutely love this app. It allows you to create your own workouts by selecting your target area(s) and how long you’d like your workout to be. A different exercise pops up every 30 seconds, giving you the option to skip over exercises that are, for lack of a better word, lame. (Luckily, these “lame” exercises are few and far between.) I typically use it for core strength and lower body workouts only, as it forces me to switch up my usual routine for my problem areas. Anyway, my beloved new workout went a little something like this:

  • 5 minutes running on the treadmill
  • 5 minutes rowing machine
  • 5 minutes StairMaster
  • 5 minutes core strength training on Sworkit
  • Repeat the above x 1

As the title of this post indicates, following these steps will ensure a full-body workout in just 40 minutes. The best part is that moving from station to station leaves no time for boredom. Also, can we say muscle confusion?

Aside from this workout simply giving me something to do while attending a fitness class was out of the question, it was also an eye-opener on a much grander scale. When I work, it’s for twelve hours, meaning that the earliest class of the day begins when I’m leaving for work and the last class of the day begins before I wrap up my shift. Moral of the story: I can’t attend classes on the days that I work, meaning that I’ve been using my “class girl” excuse to skip the gym all together on work days. While the workout I’ve provided isn’t Earth-shattering by any means, it’s got me excited to go to the gym for a non-class workout, and that says something.