And yes...Your cardio workouts CAN use weights.
For those of you who AREN'T fans of traditional forms of cardio, why suffer through something you don't enjoy?
Grab some weights and get your blood pumping with a timed circuit!
Somewhere along the lines we fell victim to this belief that if we aren't doing enough cardio, specifically, steady-state cardio, we wouldn't see the same weight loss benefits.
But this belief is not only false, it is actually holding us back!
Our body is constantly adapting to the workouts we give it.
It's why we get stronger.
It's why the miles that used to kill us get easier.
It's why we can cycle or run faster and complete harder exercise variations than when we started.
BUT, this is also why we need to progress our workouts over time.
And with steady-state cardio training?
Unless you can force yourself to run faster or longer each and every time, you're not going to be challenging your body to continue to progress.
This not only means that your GAINS will slow, but it can also mean that the same, once INTENSE, workout that had you burning 300 calories, will no longer create that same calorie burn.
So if you want to continue to challenge your body to gain muscle and get results while maximizing your calorie burn, you need to progress your workouts as you adapt.
And this is much easier to do when you're using intervals, density sets, timed circuits and especially WEIGHTS.
With the circuits you can adjust work to rest intervals.
With density sets, you can change up exercises or squeeze in an extra round. You can even use weighted moves to progress the exercises.
And with timed circuits? You may actually work SHORTER, forcing yourself to complete the series quicker than the week before.
But by using other forms of cardio training, on top of even your steady-state training if you enjoy it, you can help yourself continue to adapt and grow stronger. And you can do this WITHOUT having to make your workouts longer.
Heck, you may even find with these other cardio training routines, you can get more out of LESS time, which is really the added benefit of these workout designs!
I mean with our busy schedules, who wouldn't want to get the same, if not better results, from 20-30 minutes of working out than they could from an hour!?! (Especially even if they had options for workouts they could do in their living room!?!)