The Most Effective Zero Equipment Workout I’ve Ever Done

June 21st, 2016 | Posted by Erica House in Life

Since settling into life in Alaska, and life with a baby, I’ve started leading more in person fitness classes and online boot camps. I love helping women reach their health and fitness goals! I recently taught my first full yoga class and it was amazing. I left so invigorated I had completely forgotten how much I loved teaching.

In addition to yoga classes I teach a few Stroller Strong Moms classes a month, and have completed two online boot camps. I’ve enjoyed creating workouts that are challenging enough for a wide range of fitness levels.

My current favorite workout is called “the Hundred.” It is brutal. It pairs running (or walking) intervals with mostly bodyweight exercises for a total body, calorie torching, workout. My clients love and hate it! I’m a huge fan of zero equipment workouts as they are so easy to fit into my daily schedule.

The Hundred

With intense workouts like this it’s crucial to fuel your body properly. For this type of high intensity training I’ll always eat a small meal with a substantial amount of carbohydrates about 1-2 hours before working out. Recently my ‘go to’ breakfast has been Zoats! Not only are they super filling, without leaving me stuffed or feeling weighed down, but they get ½ a cup of veggies in during breakfast so it sets a great tone for the rest of the day.


Now that I’m working out more since I’m teaching 3-5 classes a week on top of my own workouts I’m having to be more vigilant that I’m eating enough. Not only am I pretty active, but I’m still nursing my 9 month old, so I want to make sure I’m staying well fed to feed him and have enough energy to workout and work from home.

In October I received the Polar M400 to review and recently started wearing it 24/7 to get a better understanding of how many calories I’m burning through in a day. It’s hard for me to gauge since I’m active, but I also spend a lot of time sitting down working, nursing, or with my son napping on me.


The little triangle around 1 p.m. was the app telling me I wasn’t moving enough when my son had been napping on me for an hour! It keeps me in check!

Recently, I received the Polar Balance scale which pairs with the Polar watch, and the Polar Flow app I have on my phone. It is so convenient to have everything sync together so I can quickly glance at my app and see how many calories I’ve burned through and what my overall activity levels have been.

Polar scale

I was up at 6 a.m. yesterday for a video call with my business coach, and then the day flew by as I taught part of the stroller boot camp class and didn’t sit down again until lunch time. When I checked the app I had already burned through 1,000 calories!

Polar M400

It’s been so interesting to look back over a few days of data and see how much activity I get in. I’m way more active than I thought I was! I felt like I was spending a lot of time sitting down nursing or with my son napping, but that’s only about 2.5 hours of my day and the rest of the day is go, go, go!

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How much time do you think you spend sitting every day?

If you try the workout let me know what you think! It’s such a great total body calorie torcher!

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4 Responses

  • Lisa says:

    Can you tell us more about your business coach? I’ve thought about using one, but wasn’t sure it was worth the money. I’d love to hire one to help me update my resume and portfolio at the very least, but sounds like they give good advice too. I’m slowly working thru your blog class & it’s very well done. I’m keeping a freelance/creative blog career path in mind if I don’t make it thru my current job’s acquisition & merger.

    • Erica House says:

      I’m glad you are enjoying the course! My business coach helps me with everything. She also owns a marketing agency so they are creating mini eBooks for me to give away to grow my list, helping me set up facebook ads, etc. I meet with her via Skype once every two weeks and we discuss strategy; sales funnel, long term goals, passive income ideas. She specializes in female entrepreneurs and the wellness industry. I followed her on Periscope and facebook for a year before I decided to work with her. I think finding a coach you really fit with, who’s in your industry and knows it well, it the most important part.

  • Lauren says:

    I did the workout…..LOVED it! And it was tough! Will be keeping it in the regular mix!