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.
A simple cardio circuit 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)
- One Handed Swing
- Reverse Lunge
- Squat and Press
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,
PS.. If you are looking for more kettlebell workouts check out our blog www.sweatlabca/blogs for more great workouts. Or if you’re uncomfortable using kettlebells don’t hesitate to give us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org we’d be happy to give you some more details about kettlebells and make sure they are the right tool for you!