Good morning! Who out there had a lovely weekend? Mine was lovely in the truest sense, but I plan on sharing all that later. Right now I want to talk workouts.
You all know how much I love sharing strength training workouts. I shared two just last week even – Animal Style Circuits and Ladder Sets. I want to take things a different direction this week, though. We’re going for the cardio burn today! And these workouts should make your legs burn a bit. Or “bark” as Kaitlin would say.
Many times we hear intervals and automatically think of sprinting on the treadmill. Not today. Today, the speed should stay slower…and these intervals work really, really, really well as LOW IMPACT. Walk on that treadmill. Hop on the spin bike. Find an elliptical. No need to go all out on the speed front. In fact, your speed should probably stay at a steady, more moderate pace.
Let the INCLINES and RESISTANCE do the talking to your legs. Let them lead your workout intensity. Low impact does not mean low intensity. We should have those legs barking in no time.
LOW IMPACT INTERVALS WORKOUT 1 – CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN
LOW IMPACT INTERVALS WORKOUT 2 – BURNING LEGS & LUNGS
LOW IMPACT INTERVALS WORKOUT 3 – HIGHER & HIGHER INTERVALS
There you have it! 3 new cardio interval workouts to try geared for lower impact, higher resistance, higher intensity! Use Rate of Perceived Exertion (how hard you feel you’re working on a 1 to 10 scale) to determine your personal inclines/resistance levels and speeds and then play around as you go through the workout. It’s hard to give a specific guideline since it varies so much based on equipment, personal fitness level, etc. And leg length too since I know one particular lady that can WALK at a 5.0 on the treadmill with her long legs. Do each a few times and eventually you will find that sweet spot that challenges you every time.
Your Turn – Do you ever do lower impact, higher resistance cardio style workouts? When I can’t make it to spin class I have broken out intervals like these above before for some treadmill walking as my cross training. Always a good challenge!