5 Cardio Exercises That Actually DON’T Suck


You’ll hear many people complaining about that day of the week when they are supposed to do cardio. Whether or not you believe them doesn’t really matter, we’re hell to teach you that cardio, in fact, has a place in your workout program. A very important place, too. Here are some exercises you might want to try out before saying that cardio is stupid, hard, and boring.

Jump rope

The jump rope is a simple, handy little thing, seeing as it burns more calories per minute than any other physical activity and it consists of a rope and two handles. Play some tunes from Rocky and opt for one of the two options: as many jumps as you can during 30 minutes, or intervals of one minute on, one minute off, for about 10 minutes, but done in a faster pace. Both options are fine, as long as you stick to them.

Kettlebell swings

Kettlebells are unbeatable when it comes to versatility, but for now we’ll just focus on the swings. You can try setting a timer for 10 minutes, and then doing as many swings as possible during those 10 minutes, split into as few sets as you can. Whenever you notice your form degrading, terminate the set. Record the total number of good reps and try to beat it every time. It will give you that extra kick of motivation.

Barbell complex

For those of you who don’t know, complexes are exercises that are done back to back with a piece of equipment, usually without putting it down. They can be done with anything, but from our experience, barbells work best. Try out this routine: hang clean > front squat > push press > bent over row > Romanian deadlift.

Beach sprints

Generally speaking, sprints are an excellent way of losing fat – doing them on sand makes them about five times more efficient. They are also an excellent workout for your calves and legs. After a few sets of sprints on sand, you’ll be sore in ways you thought weren’t even possible.

Battling ropes

Despite the name, you won’t actually be battling anyone, it’s just a way of describing the way the ropes will be moving. It still won’t make sense, but don’t worry about that now. You’ll be burning hundreds of calories with these ropes and the exercise has a pretty simple rhythm as well – 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off. Pure and simple.

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