Hate the Treadmill? Four Workouts to Get Your Heart Pumping

Hate the Treadmill? Four Workouts to Get Your Heart Pumping

I'm always looking for new ways to get my readers motivated and moving, so this one goes out to those who just can't stand the treadmill. You want to get that heart rate pumping, but the thought of jogging in place on a treadmill hardly motivates you. We've all been there!

 

Recently, I’ve asked a lot of my friends and followers about their favorite workouts that don't involve treadmills. These were four of the most popular answers:

 

1. Give the "Full Body Burner" a shot. The Full Body Burner is a great way to not only achieve that optimal caloric burn, but also build endurance and strength. The Full Body Burner consists of the Jump Squat, Spiderman Pushup, Split Alternating Squat Jumps, Dynamic Clap Pushup, Bodyweight Walking Lunge, and Mountain Climber. Get started with this workout by completing the first three workouts and taking a short 60-90 second break. Afterwards, complete the next three workouts. Rest for a moment, and then start again from the beginning. When you're finished with a set, don't forget to rest for a moment to keep your stamina balanced.

 

 2. Get moving with Zumba. If you haven’t tried it yet – you’ve definitely heard of it! Anyone who has tried Zumba will likely be the first to tell you that it's an excellent way to exercise. Zumba is a workout regimen that combines fun, upbeat music with effective cardio exercise. Zumba classes are held all over the world in many different types of facilities. If you're looking to get started on a workout plan with a friend, Zumba is a great starting point. The classes last about an hour, but they always seem to fly by in a matter of minutes! And if you’re wondering if I can dance the answer is no. I look like a crazed fool doing Zumba but I love it and I sweat like crazy while laughing at myself a bit!

 

3. Go outdoors for the "Sandbag Sprint Workout." Now that the weather is starting to warm up, you're probably on the lookout for workouts you can do outdoors. The Sandbag Sprint Workout is perfect for Spring, as well as for anyone looking for an intense, fulfilling workout. Fill a seal-able bag with around 30 pounds of sand (or less, it’s okay to build up to it), and complete the following sets: five sprints without using the sandbag, five sprints with the sandbag across your back, four sprints holding the sandbag in front, three sprints holding the sandbag on your left shoulder, and three sprints holding the sandbag on your right shoulder. You'll definitely feel the burn after this one, but it is so worth it!

 

4. Take a kickboxing class. Kickboxing is one of the most classic ways to get the ultimate workout without needing a treadmill. Kickboxing won't only get your heart rate up, but it has the potential to help you tone and build muscle as well because it engages your legs and your core.

 

Kickboxing classes help with fine-tuning flexibility, strength, reflexes, and coordination. Many facilities offer beginner classes for those who are just starting out.

 

What is your favorite way to work out? Let me know in the comments!

 

  • By admin
  • 3/20/2015


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