I talk about Pinterest a lot here, and that’s because I spend an obscene amount of time on it. I don’t even understand people who aren’t on Pinterest, what do they do all day? how else are they going to decorate their nonexistent homes? I can’t even imagine all the DIY projects they’re missing out on!
*I should say, missing out on NOT doing, or missing out on attempting and failing to create, but that’s besides the point*
One of my top Pinterest categories is the Fitness one, because I like to try out the workouts and see if they’re actually good. I realize I’m at a sort of intermediate to advanced fitness level, so my experience will differ from someone who’s just beginning, but I thought it would be useful to review some of the most popular workouts. If anything, it’ll give you an idea of what you’re in for, and what you can expect.
I’ve chosen these based on the ones that show up most often on the Fitness category, and the ones that have been around the longest, as well as the ones I’ve had the most trouble with. I figure the harder they are for me to complete, the better they are for my body.
NOTE: I’ve linked to the corresponding blogs for all of these workouts. NONE of these are mine. If you own any of these images and would like me to remove them, please email me and I will do so.
This is my favorite of Zuzka Light’s workouts; it’s always really hard, but completely doable. I like HIIT workouts that include weights, so this is one I go back to over and over. I use 10lb weights for the Renegade Rows, a 25lb dumbbell for the Overhead Lunges, and a 15lb kettlebell for the High Pulls. This is supposed to be an AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) in 15, I usually do three rounds, and a little bit of a fourth.
The first time I did this workout, I couldn’t get past the first circuit; I think it was the Burpees that really killed me. I’ve done it a few more times since, and I’ve been able to complete it, but it’s ALWAYS a challenge. Sometimes I substitute the Crunches with Toe Touches because I feel like they do more for me, and I always do Burpees with a Pushup, because that’s how Zuzka Light taught me to do them (yes, I’m obsessed with her, shut up.) I find that the second circuit is way easier than the first, so if you get to the end of the first, and you feel like giving up, try at least one round of the second, you might find that it’s not so bad.
I’ve only tried this one twice, and I cannot finish! By the time I’m on the second circuit (the one that starts with the High Knees) of the third round, I’m completely wiped out. I usually get to the 50 Mountain Climbers and collapse. I don’t understand why this is so hard, it doesn’t even have Burpees! I will continue to try it until I conquer it.
I love Tabata workouts because they’re quick, but also killer. The majority of Tabata workouts on Pinterest are actually really good, but this is by far my favorite one. I like that the exercises in each round complement each other, so you’re really burning out the muscles. Round four is obviously the worst one (and by worst, I mean hardest.)
Another Tabata, this one has an ab bonus at the end. First of all, 8 rounds of Jump Squats are ridiculous, I don’t even know how I did it. Second of all, 8 rounds of Pushups are also ridiculous. For the bonus at the end, I used a 15lb kettlebell for the Russian Twists. It doesn’t seem like the core part is going to be difficult, but after the third round I started to realize I was wrong. BTW, 8 rounds of V-ups are ALSO RIDICULOUS.
I have this running suspicion that a lot of these Pinterest workouts are made by people who either don’t actually work out, or are Olympians posing as normal humans, because they are SO weirdly hard and impossible. This is one of those workouts. There is no way that I can do three rounds of each circuit, much less FOUR. The most I’ve been able to do is two rounds, after which I’m totally dead. Nevertheless, this is a really great workout.
Another one by PB Fingers. She has some really great workouts on her blog, and they’re all easily adaptable to your fitness level. I like the mini circuits because it comforts me to know that once the circuit is over, I won’t have to do that move again (this is especially nice after the Jumping Lunges/ Squat Jumps one.) I used two 10lb dumbbells for the Squat to Overhead Press and for the Bicep Curls.
The beginning of this is BRUTAL. Jump Lunges followed by Burpees followed by Jump Squats, is the worst combination of moves I can imagine. I’m pretty sure this was done purposely to destroy you right away. This can be done entirely without weights, which is great for when I’m not home. If I am home, I use a 15lb kettlebell for the Russian Twists, and I hold two 10lb dumbbells during the Calf Raises.
There are a zillion more workouts on Pinterest, and they’re all good, if only because any exercise is good for you. Some of them seem a little simple, but you can always make them harder by adding some weights, or combining a few into one longer session.
If you try any of these, I’d love to hear how you did. If you were able to finish #3, please tell me so that I can build you a statue of solid gold.