Smarter ways to do cardio
We all know that cardio is a big component of fitness. Whilst some of us love and enjoy cardio training, some of us dread it. Either way, whether you're a seasoned long distance runner, sprinter or new to training, here's some top tips to get your cardio game up from PureGym Insider @joshpuregym.
Metabolic conditioning - Met Con
This form of training involves working at a very high work rate, using exercises that will not only burn more calories during the workout, but will maximise the amount of calories burned after. It usually consists of full body high-intensity circuit-type workouts, made up of compound exercises and very short recovery times.
The fast-paced cardio and strength exercises will push your body to the limit, helping you to build muscle, strength and endurance. Metabolic conditioning will recruit large muscle groups at a high-intensity to make your heart race and feel the burn.
High Intensity Interval Training - HIIT
This style of training is when you give it your all for short, intense intervals, followed by short rest periods. Using this technique will enable you to keep your heart rate up and burn more fat in a shorter time span. Similarly to metabolic conditioning HIIT training tends to burn more calories than traditional workout, due to burning more calories during the post-workout period.
This training style can be used with most equipment and tailored to your fitness levels. Josh suggest you try it with sprints on the treadmill: 30 seconds work to 30-90 seconds rest depending on your fitness levels. This will increase your metabolic rate for 12-48 hours after exercise, so remember sometimes less is better for fat loss.
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Steady state cardio
This is probably the most simple form of cardio, but can be just as effective. Steady state cardio involves working at a continuous, steady pace for an extended period of time. Although you will have to work for longer periods of time to burn off the same amount of calories as an interval session, steady state cardio does still promote those important benefits of doing cardio. It helps to build your aerobic system and promotes faster recovery.
This method of training is also great for working out with a buddy. As you are working at a 'chat pace', you can satisfy your social needs while improving your fitness. Not to mention it will help the time fly by.
If the thought of pushing your limits by your self no enough to get you going, our classes provide a perfect opportunity to elevate your fitness levels using the motivation of others. Fitness classes like Zumba are also great for those who want to exercise, without feeling like they're working out.
Whether you want to lose weight, tone up, gain muscle or improve strength and endurance levels, we have a wide variety of classes to achieve your goals in a friendly environment and with instructors to give your motivation a helping hand.