Cardio and Full Body Workout
I’ve recently changed the way I train. In the week it’s mainly free weights and the odd 5km run and at the weekend I now lay off the weights, do some cardio and some form of HIIT. I put this workout together a little while ago and tend to do this on a Saturday morning. This takes about 30 mins. So work hard, work up a sweat then the rest of the day is yours to do with what you want!
If you do use the above workout, let me know what you think. For more workouts visit My Training page.
I am not a qualified Personal Trainer or medical professional.
All the views expressed are my own. I am an experienced runner and train regularly at the Gym. All my fitness programmes and training have been designed to suit my own fitness capabilities and goals but happy to share if you are looking for inspiration and motivation.
Before embarking on any form of exercise or fitness programme or if you have any medical issues or injuries please ensure you seek professional medical advice.
5 Cross Trainer Workouts to Try
Normally I’m not big on cardio at the gym, generally doing a HIIT or a 5km is enough for me. However recently when the weather hasn’t been great or it’s been mega busy around the free weights area of the gym I have started to do the odd cardio workout and have enjoyed doing them as they are different to my normal free weight sessions. Normally I do something HIIT Style on the treadmill but I’ve also started to use the Cross Trainer (or Elliptical as it’s also known as) a little more. I find that having a specifc workout gives me something to focus on and helps me up my effort levels when it comes to the sprint or higher intensity elements. So if you are stuck for inspiration here are 5 Cross Trainer Workouts that I have found on Pinterest that you can try next time you are at the Gym.
The 20 Minute Elliptical Interval Workout found on Greatist.com (article by Alison Feller)
Elliptical Brazilian Butt Workout from superskinnyme.com (found on Pinterest)
Elliptical Ladder Workout from afitjunkie.com (found on Pinterest)
Elliptical HIIT Workout from herhappybalance.com
Super Sweaty Elliptical Workout from getinmyhealthyon.com
I hope that has given you some inspiration when looking for a workout to try on the Cross Trainer. I will put together my own but in the meantime if you are looking for a HIIT style treadmill workout take a look at my Quick HIIT 20 Minute Treadmill Workout.
In my own experience it’s good to mix up your fitness routine such as trying different types of cardio, fitness classes or types of exercises. It helps to keep you motivated to continue on your fitness journey and ultimately achieve your fitness goals.
Do you have a favourite cardio workout?
My 12 minute HIIT Style workout
Brilliant if you are short on time as this HIIT style workout on lasts for 12 minutes. Simple exercises that will give a full body workout. 3 rounds plus 1 minute rest at the end of each round. There is no equipment needed; just you, suitable clothing and footwear and some form of timer. Concentrate on working as hard as possible with maximum effort; those 12 minutes will fly believe me!
Remember when it comes to number of rep’s focus on quality and not quantity. The fitter you get the more rep’s you will be able to perform. Whenever I do HIIT I focus on doing each exercise well by using the correct technique. It’s not a race!
Before attempting any form of workout be sure to warm-up for 5 minutes. As with any form of exercise if you have any injuries seek medical advice before attempting any form of exercise that could aggravate or provoke. I am not a personal trainer, this is a workout I do myself and have put together through my own experiences such as attending classes and regularly performing these exercises.