March Madness Workout
  • March 12, 2014
  • It’s the most wonderful time of the year, folks. No, definitely not Christmas- haven’t we had enough of the winter wonderland thing already? I’m referring to, of course, March Madness- the height of college basketball season and lead-in to the NCAA tournament. As an avid Kentucky fan, I spend roughly 85% of my day reading about, thinking about, talking about, writing about, tweeting about, and watching college basketball. This year, in anticipation of how many college games I’ll be watching in March, I’ve devised a little workout to make sure I’m not sitting sedentary on the couch for two-plus hours. This game of fitness roulette will have you sweating as much as your favorite players, guaranteed. As someone who has tested this out, you better pray there aren’t too many turnovers converted into slam dunks…


    Keep a boxer shuffle as your holding pose (any time that you aren’t doing one of the below exercises)

    Your team scores: 5 celebratory star jumps

    Opponent scores: 5 hip lifts

    Three pointer: 10 alternating lunges

    Slam dunk: 5 tuck jumps

    Turnover: 10 squat jumps

    30 second timeout: Bicycle crunches

    Television timeout/commercial break: One burpee per point differential (i.e., if your team is up by ten, do ten burpees), then hold a plank for remainder

    Technical foul: 25 burpees

    Halftime! 10 tuck jumps, 20 jumping jacks, 30 mountain climbers, 40 squats

    If your team loses: One pushup per point differential

    If your team wins: Woohoo! You win the workout!

    Feel free to make modifications if you want to work a specific body part more than the other! Do you have any other tricks to get a sweat in while watching TV? Who are y’all rooting for this March?

    About Kristen Geil

    A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Kristen moved to Chicago in 2011 and received her MA in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse from DePaul while trying to maintain her southern accent. Kristen grew up playing sports, and since moving to Chicago, she’s fallen in love with the lakefront running path and the lively group fitness scene. Now, as a currently retired marathoner and sweat junkie, you can usually find her trying new workouts around the city and meticulously crafting Instagram-friendly smoothie bowls. Kristen came on to A Sweat Life full-time in 2018 as Editor-in-Chief, and she spends her days managing writers, building content strategy, and fighting for the Oxford comma.

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