5 Non-Treadmill Workouts to Get Your Heart Pumping
Somehow the word “cardio” springs forth an image in my mind of endless treadmill running and elliptical gliding.
Not that I don’t occasionally take to the cardio machines to break a sweat, but it’s easy to get stuck in rut if you beeline to the machines every time you come to the gym.
If you’re in need of a good sweat-session to get your heart rate up, check out some of these exciting and challenging workouts that take you off a machine and in to the classroom:
M.I.T. stands for Metabolic Interval Training, and boy does it get your metabolism revved up!
M.I.T. is a 45-minute class with a fusion of cardio, strength, balance and flexibility that works to increase strength and heart/lung function, and improves posture and increases flexibility. The objective is to continually shock the body, as research demonstrates it is the most efficient way to improve your cardiovascular system, lose weight & build muscle.
Although this class is tough, it’s great for novices and experienced athletes alike, and with continued attendance you’ll start to see your endurance and strength improve week by week.
For a better look at the class, check out the M.I.T. review on the VIDA blog.
So cycling does require being on a machine, but when you’ve got an instructor setting the vibe of your ride and your peers pushing alongside you, you get a much better workout than you would pedaling away on a stationary bike on your own.
Why? Because you have someone guiding you to increase your resistance and sprint harder, and by the end of class you’ve not only gotten a great cardio workout, but a great strength workout for your lower body as well. It’s really the best of both worlds.
And if you really want to bring the fun, try VIDA’s latest spin class format, iRIDE, which incorporates weights with moves inspired by different disciplines such as boxing and Karate. Check out the class review here.
There’s a reason Zumba has a cult following, it’s fun. And I don’t care how much of a non-dancer you claim to be, you really can’t say you don’t like it until you’ve tried a class.
Zumba combines Latin dance moves with interval and resistance training for a full-body, rhythmic workout. You’ll move through salsa, mambo, cha-cha, cumbia, merengue, hip-hop, and belly dancing for a great cardio workout.
Some instructors lean more on the hip-hop/pop music style and others just play straight up Latin grooves, and others play a big mix, so if you’re curious to try a class, ask someone at the front desk about what instructors play the style of music you listen to and try it out!
You will sweat, you will get your heart rate up and you’ll probably love it.
Bootcamp is hard to put in a nutshell because every bootcamp is going to be different depending on the instructor and by nature of the class things get switched up from week to week.
But one thing you can always count on is getting a good cardio workout because bootcamp will always involve some running and plyometrics.
Swimming is another workout that is really about total body toning in addition to cardio, but the therapeutic benefits of swimming is what makes this one of the best workouts you can do.
Swimming is easy on the joints and it helps to improve circulation, flexibility and endurance.
Therefore, if you’re someone who has ever suffered an injury that interferes with your ability to do certain exercises such as heavy lifting or body weight workouts, or you just need a new challenge, swimming is an excellent workout to try.
If swimming seems intimidating because you’re not well-versed on how to properly complete the various strokes, talk to one of the VIDA membership consultants who can get you set up on a swimfit session.
Now that you have some alternative workouts to try other than the treadmill, what classes would you venture in to? And what’s your biggest cardio workout struggle? Let us know on the VIDA Fitness Facebook page.
And don’t forget to check back next week for:
– Your Must-Know Personal Stats for Heart Health
– 10 Lifestyle Changes Your Heart Will Thank you For