HIIT: Quick cardio for a new you

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Hey everyone, been away with a cold the last couple days but back and ready for some more information to start building a new you for the summer and from that point on. The key to this is getting out of the way of thinking that more is always better.

There is a bodybuilding book called 3 more reps, for my fellow meat heads out their. Every workout recommended from the top being the great Arnold on down, consisted of nothing but 2 hours long plus workouts 6 days a week. I used to think this was the only way to go. That like cardio has the same vibe. I remember a personal trainer telling a 17 year old me that you don’t even start burning fat til you hit the 30 minute mark. I started doing cardio on a treadmill at a 15.0 incline at a 4.0 speed 60 minutes a day. That type of cardio burns almost 600 calories in 30 minutes… Thats not burning fat huh? That was the beginning of me questioning people who are supposed to know it all lol.

What I found soon after in the early 2000s was a cardio plan that didn’t have alot of research behind it yet BUT IT WAS 15 MINUTES!!! THATS RIGHT!

The point of this workout is to do something where you’re giving 100% intensity, my personal preferences are jump rope, jumping jacks and sprinting… all you need is a stop watch, and $5-10 for a jump rope. 15-18 minutes is all you need. A few tips:

-Start at 15 seconds all out, with 45 seconds steady, repeat for 1-2 weeks 3 days a week, than up it to 30 seconds strong and 30 seconds steady, by 6 weeks you should be up to 45 seconds strong and a 15 second steady mode.

-Stay hydrated, drink water, or invest in a quality BCAA supplement, and drink throughout your workout.

-Consult with a physician if this type of cardio can be beneficial for you. It will be short but extremely intense and will get your heart rate up. Burning fat is what this sites about but steady still burns calories. Slow and steady can still win the race, especially if you’re own health recommends it.

Its not for everyone so give this little short, but intense routine a try for yourself and see how it works for you. I personally recommend doing your cardio either after your training or on one of your off days. You can start at 2 days and than make it 3, whichever works best for you. My best advice for you is to make your cardio and workouts work for you. Not the other way around!