I love me some weights. (Yes, sometimes I work out in the bathroom…)
Given a choice between lifting heavy and cardio and I’ll always choose strength. But as important as strengthening your muscles is, you gotta strengthen your heart too. And not just with endurance work, we all need to do some cardio interval workouts as well!
Why? Unlike long slow distance training, adding cardio intervals to your workouts can;
- stimulate fast twitch muscle growth and hence, speed and agility
- improve cardiac stroke volume and thus, overall heart health
- decrease post-exercise cardiovascular recovery time
- elevate your calorie burn, both during and after the workout via ‘afterburn’ effects
- increase your lactic acid threshold or how long you can go before you ‘feel the burn’
- speed up your workout, getting you out of the gym faster
- be done anywhere, anytime and without equipment
Today’s #FatblasterFriday workout is a Killer Cardio Circuit. Only four moves, no equipment required. You’ll perform each move for 30 s then take a 15 s, active recovery rest (that means, “keep your feet moving”).
But don’t be fooled, performed at the highest intensity you can manage, each move should elevate your heart rate and leave you breathless by the end of the interval.
Go through the circuit twice, for a short, but intense, 6 minute, killer cardio interval workout.
You can perform this workout on it’s own, or add it to the end of your regular strength or cardio endurance workout. Might I suggest a selection from my #FatblasterFriday playlist?
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Disclaimer: Although I am a registered Personal Trainer, I am not YOUR Personal Trainer. Always adapt workouts to suit your body and fitness level. Always consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise program.