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3 Fun Cardio Alternatives For People Who Say Cardi-No!

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Rolling your cardio into your weight training

This is a quick blog on how to introduce cardio to your cardi-no clients.

As most of us will agree, adding cardio to your daily routine is not fun. Few people like to do it, and for those who do, we salute you.

What is the solution to this?

"A lot like hiding your peas in your mash potatoes, you can implement a similar system in the gym"

Here are 3 exercise that you can try to help spark your love for getting the heart rate going whilst also working on strength gains.

Slam Ball Workout

Slam balls are an innovative piece of equipment that has personal trainers and group exercise instructors thanking the high heavens.

Slamming down a  slam ball does 3 major things;

  1. Gets the heart rate jacked
  2. Develops explosive power
  3. Gets all your days frustration out. (Stress relief)

The best part about  slam balls is that there are multiple ways to improve, low weights for high reps, higher weights for lower reps, add more energy in the slams, even set a clock and hit a target, to then aim to beat it next time.

Slam Balls also boast a versatile nature, as they range from 4kg up to 100kg, you can go super heavy and using them like atlas stones for strongman athletes, or go light and use them in place of Medicine Balls.

 

MA1 How to do Slam Ball slams

"Slam Balls also boast a versatile nature, as they range from 4kg up to 100kg"
- MA1 Slam ball range

Battle Rope Exercises

MA1 How to use Battling Ropes

"Life hack: Loop your Battle Rope over a pullup bar and bust out some pullups on the rope."
- MA1 Battle Rope

 

Let us not beat around the bush, bigger is better. And the arm pump you receive from  Battle Rope training is up there with the finer aspects of life.

Battle Ropes will seriously wear you out. Designed for high volume use, with multiple variations of exercises to cater from novice users up to experts. Battle Ropes with endlessly thrash your arms, core and get you deep into a fat burning zone while you’re at it!

Life hack: Loop your  Battle Rope over a pullup bar and bust out some pullups on the rope. Not only does the moving rope take stability to a new level, but your grip strength with also vastly improve!

Plyometric Training (Plyo Box)

Anyone from a sporting background can tell you that being more athletic puts you head and shoulders above your opponents (Pardon the pun)

Plyometric training has proven results in helping athletes increase their fast twitch muscle response, which in turn increase their: Speed, vertical/distance leap and power.

There are dozens, if not 100s of different techniques and exercises that can be implemented into your routine with 1 piece of equipment: Starting with basic step ups, box jumps, and box squats, up to the more extreme depth jumps, max vertical tests and more!  

It does not take a genius to work out that practicing these aspects will help you improve them. But what also occurs is increased heart-rate.

MA1 How to do Plyometric Box Jumps

"Plyometric training has proven results in helping athletes increase their fast twitch muscle response"
- MA1 3 in 1 Plyometric Boxes

“So let me get this straight, I can burn fat, jump higher and grow quality muscle all  at the same time?” - Yes

So there you have it, 3 simple ways ( slam ballbattle rope and plyobox exercises) to hide the not so pleasant cardio in and among your strength / hypertrophy training sessions to help you get better results from your routine!

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