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My Favourite ‘Cardio’ Exercise

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

We should know by now…… the benefit of both types of exercises……..

  1. Resistance training
  2. Cardiovascular training.

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Today, I am not going to argue which is best – both are essential.

I want to talk about my favourite exercises for getting your heart rate up…..and ultimately……burning more body fat than you normally would do.

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1.  I Luuuurrrrve Sprints!

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Sprints will:

  • Torch fat
  • Improve speed
  • Increase muscle all over the body
  • Raise your metabolism

And you don’t need much equipment – just space!

The thing is – Many people are too overweight to do them straight away.  Some have posture issues, and some are just too heavy or not co-ordinated due to lack of practice.

 

Stairs to the rescue!

Stair-Sprints-woman

 

These will be better choice for those transitioning……and make no mistake, thay can be super hard!  While Treadmills can be useful……I’m not really a fan of them in general.  I think we should be running around – not stuck in the same place.

We often use sleds or prowlers…..which are hard to do but they work really well for fat loss!

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They have been used a lot on the Biggest Loser TV program (Very heavy people can use them easily)…..and When I was on a project that went on TV (Fat – The Fight Of My Life) – I used this with Leanne because the spin bikes and rower were too uncomfortable in the early stages.

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You can pay more for these if you want really heavy weights – HERE or you can get cheaper ones HERE and HERE

 

What If you’re not ready for any running? Walking is a start……

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But I like to get the metabolism going now and then for better results.  (Like we do in our GROUP TRAINING SESSIONS)

So here are some other tools.

Concept 2 rower

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The rower is still one of the tools I use with many clients as it’s great for record setting. Whether you are doing

  • Short sprints
  • middle distances 1000-5000m or longer!

The concept 2 rower is a full-body exercise that you can always improve on.

You can get cheaper rowers for a lot less, but upon talking to hundreds of people, I find they break easily and are not as accurate – and don’t feel nice! Once you have been on one – you will know !

Go HERE to check it out!

 

Battle Ropes

Battle Ropes are a great tool to use because they will get your heart rate up without a persons bodyweight being a limiting factor.

 

woman battle rope

Click HERE to check them out……you will want to go outside or get have a big garage!

 

Carrying objects are one our favourite tools in our bootcamps.

While everyone might not want very heavy dumbells lying around, you might fancy a sand bag or a power bag…….

powerbag 15kgYou can

  • Lift it overhead
  • Squat with it
  • Lunge with it
  • Roll around with it
  • Go for a walk with it!

 

Click HERE to view one and see if it’s for you.

 

 

I hope this has made you think twice about the myth that ‘running’ is the only way to lose weight.  The key is finding something that you enjoy – and that you will keep on doing!

 

John