If you’re going to do cardio, then you should focus on exercises that give you the biggest bang for your buck. These are movements that you can perform at a high intensity level and give you the biggest metabolic burst within a short period of time.
1 – Jump Roping
My all time favorite method of cardio is jump roping. It’s a lot of fun, and you can slip it into any routine you desire. Try to start your circuits off with a 1 minute of hard jump roping, or do a complete interval workout with jump roping.
2 – High Octane Cardio
High Octane Cardio is a cool training method developed by Kettlebell Strength Coach Mike Mahler. All you do is alternate between bouts of high intensity cardio and bodyweight or weight bearing movement.
3 – Sledgehammer Swings
Grab a tire from your local mechanic, and a sledgehammer from a hardware store. Now, pretend your Rocky Balboa from Rocky 4, and swing away. Pretend you’re chopping wood and give swing that sledgehammer with a vengeance.
4 – Shuttle Sprints
You need some space for these, but not much. You can do them in your driveway or backyard. Simply sprint from one side of your yard to the other for 30 seconds (if you can last that long). Rest for 60 to 90 seconds, and go again!
5 – Interval Training
Interval training is another training method. All you do is alternate between periods of high intensity and low intensity exercise. You can use shuttle sprints, jump roping, or sledgehammer swings to set up your own interval training workout.
6 – Shadow Boxing
Another cool and fun exercise where you can pretend you’re Rocky Balboa. Simply bounce around, and throw punches into the air. You don’t need to be the best fighter around, just get your heart rate up!
7 – Bodyweight Cardio
This is a method that Craig Ballantyne, author of Turbulence Training uses a lot in his workouts. It’s also the kind of workouts you’ll see in my brand new (free) website called No More Cardio. You can check out at ShahTraining.com/NoMoreCardio.