LAKA Living founder Liz Smithers is carrying her first child, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t still working out… Here’s her go-to HIIT workout.
This is the third post in our wellness series with LAKA.
Pregnancy has asked Liz Smithers of LAKA fame to take it down a notch, but just a notch. With the passing of each trimester, she finds it physically limiting to do most HIIT. So instead of putting exercise to the wayside, she merely shifted her focus. An almost daily routine of HIIT/running/Ashtanga yoga now consists of HIIT 1x a week, daily walking, and whatever degree of yoga practice she gravitates toward. “Most days it feels good to up my heart rate and stretch out my body, especially first thing in the morning when the belly is still small and manageable!”
If a class is not in the cards, Liz has crafted her own HIIT workout, illustrated here for you so that you can go for it in the privacy of your own home, whenever the urge strikes:
Start with a 20-30 minute jog (or walk, if that better suits you).
Follow with 4 rounds of:
1 min jumping jacks
30 sec high knees
10 jump squats
10 lunge kicks
Followed by 3 rounds of:
20 shoulder taps
20 plank knee-to-chest circles
10 knee-to-elbow cranks
8 chatarunga pushups (knees down optional)
8 medicine ball pushups
15 tricep dips
Followed by 2 rounds of: (ankle weights optional)
20 donkey kicks
20 donkey pulses
20 straight leg pulses
20 straight leg rainbows
20 fire hydrants
15 fire hydrant pulses
15 fire hydrant to straight leg
End with 1 round of:
10 breaths in down dog
10 breaths high lunge (R)
10 breaths warrior 1
10 breaths warrior 2
Three-legged dog to optional wild thing
Repeat on left to complete other side.*
And, as always, be sure to consult with a trusted health care provider before implementing any new health regimen!