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8 Cardio Workouts To Try This Summer That Don’t Involve Running

I used to run. Every. Single. Day.

No run cardio workouts for beginners

I loved the runners high, the post-sprint sweaty glow, and that buzz of endorphins that left the good vibes lingering all day long.

Running was once my cardio of choice, but looking back, I honestly thought it was the form of cardio that existed.

Maybe if I knew there were other, equally as effective exercises, I wouldnt have been such a treadmill devotee.

To be honest,once I started mixing up myfitness routine, I found myself looking forward to challenging new workouts each and every day. I managed to make it out of a plateau I didnt even know Id hit.

Plus, a lot of alternative cardio workouts require minimal to no equipment which means you can increase your heart rate and tone your bod right from the comfort of your living room.

Sorry, treadmill. Its not you, its me.

Here are seven cardio workouts that will make you want to break up with your running ritual (or at least take some time off to find yourself).

1. Stairs

The StairMaster is a great machine for a killer workout, but the cool thing about using stairs as your cardio is that all you need are your legs.

Stairs are basically everywhere seriously, one time I didnt feel like going to the gym, and I just did some sprints up and down my apartment stairwell .

No excuses; go find some stairs and get to it!

2. Tabata

Tabata training is a type of high intensity interval training designed to get your heart rate up in thatsuper difficult anaerobic zone for short intervals.

This type of cardiohelps you burn more calories both during your workouthours after the fact.

Tabata usually follows aformat of 20 seconds of a very high-intensity exercise (think sprints or burpees), then 10 seconds of rest. Repeat the circuit eight times for four minutes.

Warning: It may or may not feel like the longest four minutes of your life.

3. Yoga Sculpt

I usually build up a bit of a sweat in yoga, but I never knew the true definition of perspiration until I took a yoga sculpt class.

This muscle-focused form of cardio boosts metabolism and builds lean muscle mass all to the beat of a kickass playlist. The combination of free weights, vinyasa flow, and cardio results in an overall intense, but workout.

Mix sun salutations with squats, lunges, and bicep curls at your nearest CorePower Yoga Studio.

4. Kettlebells

The Kettlebell is one of the most coveted and widely used weight training tools around.

It’s a simple design basic looking piece of kit but don’t be fooled, it’s shape and handle allows for an abundance of different exercises and a great workout, which can be as short as 10 mins and still be effective, I kid you not!

Check out the video above and try your first 10 mins kettlebell workout.

Kettlebell workouts use a whole host of muscles as well as strengthening your core muscles (which are the largest group) hence, kettlebell training is one of the most effective ways to burn fat and rev-up your metabolism.

After a little practice getting the form and movement right for MAXimum you won’t look back.

And, you can use them anywhere, so no excuses!

5. SoulCycle

If you havent heard of SoulCycle by now, no offense, but you may be living under a rock.

The super fierce cardio workout is all the hype, and it can be a great change of pace (literally) from classic running.

Soul classes include climbing, jogging, sprinting, and dancing a full-body workout all on a single indoor cycling machine.

Check out the video above to prepare for your first ride.

6. Burpees

We love to hate them. And we hate to love them (OK fine maybe you’ll never them, but I kind of enjoy burpees now Anyone else? No?).

Burpees are a bodyweight exercise that work your arms, legs, and core while getting your heart racing.

Theyre hard AF, but once I get through a circuit of them, I feel super invincible.

Add these bad boys to a HIIT circuit, or just do as many as you can until you feel like death is upon you.

7. Jump Rope

I thought my last encounter with a jump rope would be middle school recess, but it’s come back into my life and followed me all the way into the gym.

Jumping rope sculpts your shoulders, chest, arms, and legs, while also requiring a decent amount of coordination.

You’re not going to want to do this one. Ha. Ha. OK bye.

8. Squat Jumps

Like many……I hate squats!

But I also have the worlds flattest butt, so sometimes, you just have to make sacrifices, a am I rite?

Squatjumps are a high-intensity, plyometric exercise that involve explosive power using your own body weight.

This move leads to conditioning of the lower body muscles and joints (whats-up gluteus maximus? )

It’s easy to do this exercise wrong, though, so make sure you’re being mindful of your form to avoid any injuries.

Otherwise, take your regular squats to the next level with this form of cardio.

And when youre done, sit back and enjoy those beautiful booty gains.


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