Last week my husband and I headed on a much-anticipated trip to Cancun Mexico. After extensive research, (picture back-to-back laptops, bottle of wine between, and everyone represented from Travelocity to Kayak) we committed to Excellence Playa Mujeres, a large, adult only (cause really…who wants pee in the pool) all-inclusive.

Four-Minute Tabata Workout Ahead! 

But first a distracting photo of yummy food from our Excellence Playa Mujeres hotel. Seriously….from the buffet!!

I always check reviews on the gym at the hotel where I plan to stay. The reviews were glowing so I was stoked on my first morning (after several wrong lefts and rights) to finally find a large, well-equipped, new best friend for the week.

Hello awesome gym.

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My first workout was a quick turn on the elliptical, some TRX and some dumbbells for good measure. On my way out this massive Smile introduced himself as “Sergio,” the trainer. He suggested I come to his class and I said, “don’t do classes.” His smile only flickered for an instant before he said, “Come to my boxing class then.” (bigger smile) “Don’t do classes, Sergio.”

But the next morning I observed his “class” from my perch on the elliptical. It was a kick-butt-boot-camp-cross-fitty kind of thing that had tourists lying in a pool of their tequila-toxified sweat in a matter of minutes.

I was intrigued.

I approached Sergio and let him know I was a health and fitness writer, and I wondered if he would be willing to do a workout video with me that Friday. He agreed.

I was afraid.

Side note: (Love side notes) On one of the other days at the gym he said, “If you want to interview someone you should interview that girl.” (He pointed to a tall zero-body-fat woman throwing a medicine ball abusively against a wall like it had done something very wrong.)

“Who is she?” I enquired. “She is a two-time Olympian.” The Smile replied.

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Before he had the “..ian” out of his mouth, I was her shadow. She was lovely and gracious about being interrupted. But even better than her lovely disposition was she was a two-time Olympian (said that but bears mentioning again) from, not only CANADA, (hello) but VANCOUVER (double hello).

She was none other than Liz Neil (Gleadle) the Olympic Javlinest. Want to read about her?

CHECK THIS COOL CHICK OUT!

 

I digress – back to The Smile and his kettle bells.

Friday morning came around, and The Smile and I decided to demonstrate how easy a Tabata Workout is when you travel because you can use little to no equipment and it doesn’t cut into prime tanning time due to its brevity!

By the way, if you are wondering what the heck a Tabata is, check out this link (And it is also explained in the video below.)

In case you want to do this workout here is the rundown of the eight exercises I did. See demonstrations of each exercise in the video.

JUMPING JACKS

CURTSY SQUATS

BUTT TOUCH SQUATS WITH JUMP TO STEP

SUMO SQUATS WITH WEIGHT

JUMP LUNGES

ARM RAISES WITH RESISTANCE

MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS

SPIDERMANS

The point is, Poodles if you are looking for a quick, but effective, workout to do on vacation, in the office, or at home, while the kids are napping, two to three cycles through this engaging circuit is your answer. I hope you enjoy!

Adios!

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Me and Pookie. The matchy-matchy is by accident…I swear!!

 

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Looking to get started with a workout. Try this workout for one cycle through, three times a week. Go slowly and controlled at first and make sure to watch your form in a mirror. When you feel comfortable, try to increase the intensity by increasing the repetitions, height, or general level of difficulty. Let me know how it goes!

 

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