The 6 Best Intense Cardio Workouts

You see it everywhere, “Running-the best way to work that cardio!” Or maybe, “Ways to cut fat, fast!”. But not all of us love running. Most people are under the assumption that running is the only way to stay fit and healthy, but that’s just not true. There are many different cardio workouts that you can do to maximize calorie burn and build muscle. See if these workouts can really provide that cardio workout that you need.
Circuit Training

            Circuit training manipulates both aerobic and strengthening motions, without allowing much rest in between. The key to this workout is to perfect at what times you rest and at what times you recover, while still remembering to give yourself at the very least 15 seconds to catch your breath in between or take a drink of water. If you need more time in between, don’t feel bad for taking it(same goes for the water part). Try to keep mixing up your moves as you see necessary.

Indoor or Outdoor Cycling

            Whether you are indoor cycling or outdoor cycling t, the most important part of getting a satisfactory workout on the pedals is to not only focus on pushing down on the pedals, but to also focus on pulling the pedals up if you can(although depending on the type of bike you may be using outdoors, this might not be as possible). Focusing on this aspect not only helps burn more calories and work your cardio, but also works on your glutes and hamstrings. Another important tip: try to add more resistance on the bike, to stop you from gaining momentum(this slows your workout down and does not give you the full effect). This is where outdoor cycling comes in handy, giving you tougher workouts, as well as time to rest in between without having to fuss with a machine.

High Intensity Interval Training(HIIT)

HIIT utilizes sprints, lunges, and speed skaters, allowing time to rest in between each. HIIT mostly relies on large bursts of high-energy, high-intensity(as the name implies) cardio workouts, followed up with periods of rest. It is recommended to catch your breath and rest for at least half of the time you spent exercising in between exercises.

The VersaClimber

            The most important part to successfully using the VersaClimber is by keeping a steady motion. You’re working your lower and upper body together in a climbing motion, similar to using a StairMaster. You’ll feel very tired, but it’s important to keep going as you’ll be building strength, endurance, coordination, and of course, your cardio. More explained in this post:

Indoor Rowing

The best part of the rowing machine is that it works an estimated 84% of your body’s muscles(without working your joints, as does running)! Considerably one of the more effective methods opposing running, rowing is a very high-intensity workout to work your cardio.


Plyometrics are a method of exercises that focus on metabolic conditioning that rely heavily on high-energy contractions. Some examples include: jump squats, burpees, box jumps, hops. The focus of this style of working out is to maximum energy in a minimum amount of time.

Give these cardio workouts a chance. If at first they might seem like too much, try to slowly ease into them(sometimes starting off strong isn’t always the best). If not, you might want to try giving running another shot(running isn’t as bad as it seems when you first start). Find new and fun ways to make running enjoyable for you!

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