Many of us wonder about the most efficient way to burn calories and shed fat during our workouts, in less time. We’ve grown accustomed to boring steady state cardio, like walking on the treadmill, or going at a moderate pace on the elliptical for a given period of time. But it is unrealistic for the average person to spend that hours in the gym.
Cardio accelerations are a must when I train my clients. The method is simple. Instead of resting (or procrastinating) in between your lifting routine, some form of aerobic exercise is completed in between every single set. So for example, on shoulder day, I will take a client through lateral raises and then spend 30 seconds to one minute performing an exercise that will get the heart rate pumping – jumping jacks, jogging in place, or burpees are great options and can be done right in place. Meanwhile, shoulders are fully resting during the accelerations which allow my clients to be ready to lift just as strong for the next set. Once that heart rate is up our bodies will better produce blood flow and oxygen to our veins, making for better gains.
When you add it all up, those 30 second to one minute accelerations will equal a 20-30 minute cardio session. That means you can finish both your cardio and weight training at one time. It’s multitasking at its finest!
If you haven’t already, check out the video above with my five favorite cardio acceleration exercises: jump squats, mountain climbers, jump rope, box skis, kettlebell swings!
I highly suggest implementing some form of cardio accelerations into workouts. This technique is no joke. It will have you drenched in sweat, but feeling strong and pumped up by the end of your workout. So instead of scrolling through Instagram or chopping it up with your buddies in between rest periods, let’s keep our bodies in constant motion!