5 Forms Of Cardio That Will Burn More Fat Than Running
For a long time after high school I hated the thought of cardio. I loathed it. Detested it with every single fiber of my being. I couldn’t see why I would willingly go do cardio, unless it was playing basketball or flag football, which, by the way, my teams were awesome at.
Part of this was because I was so heavily influenced by everything that I read online. It was common to talk about how cardio will make you fat, weak, slow, and effeminate.
The muscle magazines at the GNC I worked at said I needed to lift, and if I wanted to get cardio in, then I should just lift weights faster.
And while those magazines weren’t entirely wrong, they weren’t exactly right, either. Cardio isn’t a bad thing. It can do wonders for your work capacity, ability to recover in between hard sets, and body composition.
In other words, cardio helps you become a well-rounded athlete. Last time I checked, that’s a good thing.
So in honor of that being a good thing, I’m going over my 5 favorite forms of cardio.
- Strength circuits
Naturally a style of cardio that involves throwing around some iron, sweating profusely, and wondering if the my-lungs-are-going-to-explode feeling is bound to be high up on the list.
I wrote all about strength circuits here, so if you haven’t checked out the knowledge bombs on why you need to be doing strength circuits, then you need to go read that before we dig in any further.
Oh, you’re too lazy to go click? Don’t worry. I won’t take that personally.
Strength circuits are one of the greatest ways to blend lifting and cardio. They function as a way for you to get extra lifting volume in, send your heart rate through the roof, and burn through a ton of calories thanks to the intense energy expenditure during and after exercise.
Once again, I’ll reiterate that you really need to read this piece on them, because you’re going to get a badass strength circuit workout that you can follow.
- Jump rope
If there’s one piece of equipment I really love in a gym, it’s the jump rope. Maybe it’s because I like getting in touch with my inner Rocky, and randomly yelling out “ADRIENNE” while skipping rope.
Or maybe it’s because I just like feeling light on my feet and athletic. Either way, I love the jump rope.
For those of you who are total newbs when it comes to jumping rope, then this might not be the best option for you to try and start incorporating. At least not as your main source of cardio, try and throw it into a circuit before you get really crazy and make jumping rope an entire workout by itself.
To the other masochists out there, well, I like your style.
If you’re trying to turn a jump rope into a cardio workout, here are a couple of options to try:
– Set a timer for 25 minutes and see how many skips you can get. Keep a steady pace the entire time, and don’t go near as fast as you think you should. Slow and steady is the name of the game here.
– Set a timer for 25 minutes again, only this time alternate between periods of extremely fast and slow skipping. Go as fast as possible for 30 seconds, and spend another 90 seconds at a steady pace.