Workout Routines

Today's Workout 109: The high-intensity chest-to-legs circuit

Take advantage of just one piece of equipment—a medicine ball—and your own bodyweight to get a muscle burn from your pecs all the way down to your quads.

Today's Workout With Mike Simone: The Medicine Ball Circuit To Crush Your Core And Quads
Duration 30-45
Exercises 4
Equipment Yes

It's time to pull that dusty old medicine ball out of the corner and start putting it to good use—and there's no better way to do it than with this quick-hit, four-move circuit.

The first two exercises—alternating one-arm medicine ball pushups and medicine ball Russian twists—will utilize the medicine ball to work your chest and abs just a little bit harder. The final two rounds—mini plyo pushups and jump squats—require only your bodyweight to hit your chest (again), as well as your legs.


You'll do this workout as a circuit, meaning you'll complete each exercise consecutively without rest. Once you've finished all exercises, rest for 30 to 60 seconds. Repeat the entire circuit for four to six rounds.

Depending upon your ability, you may shorten or lengthen the rest periods between circuits. You may also complete more or fewer rounds.

For more total-body work:

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Today's Workout 109 The high-intensity chest-to-legs circuit (do 4-6 rounds)

Exercise 1.

Medicine Ball Pushup You'll need: Medicine Ball How to
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-- sets
10 reps
0 sec. rest
Do with one arm at a time, alternating sides, as shown in the video.

Exercise 2.

Medicine Ball Russian Twist You'll need: Medicine Ball How to
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-- sets
20 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 3.

Plyo Pushup You'll need: No Equipment How to
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-- sets
10 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 4.

Jump Squat You'll need: No Equipment How to
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-- sets
10 reps
30-60 sec. rest