May 22, 2024

No Excuses! By Tera Busker

The Holidays are fast approaching and no matter how much you plan, organize and think ahead, this time of year is always hectic. Family get-together’s, your kid’s activities, work parties and shopping all throw a wrench in your every day schedule. Everything gets chaotic and usually your workout is the first thing pushed aside – BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY!

The best way to make sure you still get your workout into the schedule, is to have one that can be done quickly and can be done anywhere! A workout that is fast and only requires your body eliminates 100% of the excuses. And that workout is called Interval Training. 20 seconds all out work, 10 seconds rest, 8 times through for a total of 4 MINUTES!!!! And one of the best things about Interval workouts is that, if done correctly, can burn calories for hours after you finish your workout.


(Always consult a physician before beginning exercise. Perform at your own risk.)

During an Interval Workout you can use any exercise you like, but the following is a list of body weight only exercises. Pick 1, 2, 4, or 8 of these to create your own workout. Mix and match to create 8 rounds. Just make sure to do them as intensely as you are able, always with good form.

Squats (regular, side to side, jump)

Lunges (regular, static, forward, backward, side to side, jump)



Mountain Climbers (regular, cross body, spiderman)

Frog Jumps (Forward/Backwards Jumps while staying low)

Jumping Jacks (regular, low or plyo)

Plank Jacks

Skater Lunges

Pushups (regular, tricep, spiderman)

Up Down Planks

Now put your exercises together to create your own circuit for a fast and efficient workout! The workout can consist of 1-5 intervals depending on how much time you have. Make sure to warm up with 5 minutes of low intensity activity beforehand to get the body ready for the intense work. Rest 1-2 minutes between sets.


Tera’s Intervals (full body and works the body in all ranges of motion)

20 seconds jump squat

10 seconds rest

20 seconds burpee

10 seconds rest

20 seconds skater lunges

10 seconds rest

20 seconds mountain climber

10 seconds rest

20 seconds plank jack

10 seconds rest

20 seconds frog jumps

10 seconds rest

20 seconds crossbody mountain climber

10 seconds rest

20 seconds plank up down

10 seconds rest

Tera Busker is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and owner of Fitness To Go, an exclusive In Home & Private Studio Personal Training Service based out of Roberts, WI.

There’s ALWAYS Time for Exercise! By Tera Busker

Time Saving Workout Tricks

Have you ever planned on getting in a great workout, but you have to skip the gym because you just don’t have the time? We are all running late, in a hurry or have something else that we need to be doing but that doesn’t mean that you have to forgo your workout. You just have to make the most of the time you have.

Time your Rest Periods

In between sets or circuits, rest for ONLY the time it takes to catch your breath and feel ready for the next round and not a second more. Playing around on your phone, chatting with your workout buddy and flipping through a magazine will only distract you. Keep your rest breaks short and stay on task. You will be surprised how much time you save.

Interval Training

Unless you are training for a marathon or another endurance sport, there is no reason why you be doing long cardio sessions at a moderate intensity. Kick your cardio up a notch and decrease your workout sessions with interval training. By alternating high intensity bouts of exercise with moderate “recovery” periods, you can burn a ton of calories in a short amount of time. One great example is tabata training. Do a high intensity exercise like jump squats as fast as you can with proper form for 20 seconds then rest for 10 seconds. Repeat this for a total of 4 minutes.

Strength Training and Cardio in One

Why split your cardio and strength training up when you can get them both done at once? Doing exercises that use multiple muscle groups as once in a circuit style with little to no rest between exercises, will raise your heart rate and challenge your muscles. Exercises like pushups, squat presses, lunges with bicep curls will have you breaking a sweat, shaping your muscles and out of the gym in no time.

Tera Busker is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and owner of Fitness To Go, an exclusive In Home & Private Studio Personal Training Service based out of Roberts, WI.