Sample Class: 30-Minute Cardio-Strength

Format: This whole-body workout is a stationary circuit, which means all exercises are executed simultaneously—as a group—with the instructor leading (no stations). Following a 3- to 5-minute warm-up, the main workout comprises three blocks of time-based cardio segments and repetition-based strength exercises for both upper and lower body. The class concludes with 2–3 minutes of core training and 2–3 minutes of cool-down and static stretches.
Total Time: 30 minutes
Music: 124–140 beats per minute
Equipment (per Person): one set of resistance tubing that can be held in hands for duration of workout

Warm-Up (3–5 minutes)

This segment mimics lower-intensity versions of exercises in the main workout. You can choose to perform these either rhythmically or athletically. Hold tubing in both hands, pulling it to create constant resistance.

Exercises

  • Stationary squat: squat, and push tubing onto thighs, engaging middle-back and rear deltoid muscles. Extend arms overhead on way up (shoulder extension).
  • Moving squats: perform 2 frontal squats with feet hip width apart, then 2 squats moving right (R) and 2 squats moving left (L).
  • Hip hinge with rear deltoid flye: bend or fold at hip, with soft knees. Reach arms toward ceiling.
Choreography
  • Slow squat = 32 counts.
  • 8 tempo squats = 32 counts.
  • 2 moving tempo squats R and 2 moving tempo squats L, 4x = 32 counts.
  • Tubing push-down and pull-back into legs combined with moving tempo squats, 4x = 32 counts.
  • 2 slow hip hinges = 16 counts (see warm-up exercises above for explanation of movements).
  • 2 hip hinges: hold down 3 counts, up on 4 = 16 counts.
  • 2 moving tempo squats R, then 1 slow hip hinge—down on 1, hold 6 counts, up on 8 (repeat L) = 32 counts. Layer in rear deltoid flye on counts 3 and 4 of hip hinge.
  • Perform final warm-up combination, alternating sides 2–4 times.

Main Workout (20–23 minutes)

For all strength training moves, which alternate between lower and upper body, complete 16 repetitions (4 slow, 8 tempo, 4 slow). Hold tubing in hands while performing cardio drills for 1 minute.

Block 1

  • Stationary lunge, R leg: secure tubing under R foot, bend elbows and pull toward waist to create resistance.
  • Shoulder lateral raise: secure tubing under feet, hold handles and raise arms out to sides.
  • Cardio drill: shuffle 4 counts, R and L.
  • Stationary lunge, L leg: secure tubing under L foot.
  • Bent-over shoulder extension: secure tubing under feet, hinge at hip, press extended arms up and back to engage middle-back muscles.
  • Cardio drill: shuffle and touch floor 4 counts, R and L.

Block 2

  • Single-leg hip hinge, R leg: double-wrap tubing around R foot, bend and pull elbows to waist to create resistance. Start with bilateral hip hinge, then shift weight to R leg by lifting L heel first, then L foot. Progress movement by executing movement on single leg, with entire L foot lifted.
  • Biceps curl: secure tubing under feet, palms up, elbows bent.
  • Cardio drill: bound up 4x, jog back 8x = 16 counts.
  • Single-leg hip hinge, L leg: repeat as above on opposite leg.
  • Alternating shoulder press: secure tubing under one foot, and complete 16 presses with each arm (32 reps total).
  • Cardio drills: bound up 4x, double jogs back = 16 counts.

Block 3

  • Single-leg squat, R leg: double-wrap tubing around R foot, shift weight to R leg by lifting heel of L foot.
  • Shoulder front raise: secure tubing under foot, and raise extended arms to front.
  • Cardio drill: fast feet/V-step, R foot lead: start with slow out-out, in-in, and progressively increase speed.
  • Single-leg squat, L leg: repeat as above, on opposite leg.
  • Rear deltoid flye: secure tubing under feet, hinge at hip, and raise arms out to sides to work middle-back muscles.
  • Cardio drill: fast feet/V-step, L foot lead.

Cool-Down (2–6 minutes)
March in place and step-touch for 30 seconds or more to lower intensity and heart rate; then recover.

Core Work

  • Prone elbow plank: hold 15–30 seconds (2 sets).
  • Side elbow plank: hold 15–30 seconds (2 sets).
  • Ab crunches, if time permits.

Static Stretches
Hold stretches for 10–20 seconds, and be sure to include the following areas:

  • hamstrings, calves, glutes and lower back
  • chest, biceps, triceps and anterior deltoid
  • quadriceps and hip flexors
  • back extensors

Considerations

  • To increase intensity, keep recovery between exercises short.
  • To shorten cool-down, briefly and statically stretch muscles between exercises.
  • To increase resistance for lower-body strength exercises, double-wrap tubing around foot.
  • Start by holding tubing with both hands and wrap it over shoe laces, then loop under instep and around foot.
  • Note that all single-leg exercises can be modified by executing movements on both legs.
  • To retain the time-efficient aspect of class, keep equipment setup and exercise complexity to a minimum.

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Abbie Appel

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Abbie Appel is an international fitness educator with 20 years experience in the fitness industry. I... more less
March 2010

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