I get asked about cardio workouts a lot.
Truth is I never use any traditional cardio: running, indoor machines etc. with any of my clients. The only exception is if we are training for a specific event.
For general health and fat loss, circuits are safer and far more effective.
4 Minute Bodyweight Cardio
(complete each exercise for 45 secs followed by a 15 second rest, repeat the whole circuit 1 – 3 times)
Watch a video of the Fast Mountain Climber Exercise
A simple cardio workout like this will not only give you the same cardio benefits of running but will:
- Develop better muscle tone
- Increase your metabolic rate so you burn more fat
- Prevent overuse injuries
- Generate fat burning afterburn
- Takes a fraction of the time
- Have transferable mobility and strength for daily life
As a personal trainer I know that I can’t afford to injure a client and taking a beginner running is a very quick way of doing that.
Sadly nowadays running is a very advanced activity for most people
4 Minute Kettlebell Cardio
(complete each exercise for 30 seconds on each side then flow into the next exercise without taking a rest. You can repeat 1-3 times with a 60 seconds rest between circuits)
Watch as I show you how kettlebell exercises should flow
When you flow from one kettlebell exercise to the next using a circuit like the above you develop strength endurance and keep your heart rate constantly elevated, great for cardio.
So no need to worry about doing extra cardio just use circuits like the above to get everything done in one workout 🙂
Take care and enjoy the cardio,