Exercises Which Are More Effective Than Cardio
Most people get a gym membership because they want to shed weight. Losing weight is one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions. This is why there is an influx of new members in gyms around the world during that time.
Most people when they think weight loss, think about cardio. If you’re someone who doesn’t like the idea of spending time on a treadmill or don’t feel comfortable going for a walk or a run in the wild, this is the article for you.
Burpees are one of the most brutal exercises. All the exercises on this list are high-intensity exercises which will put your cardiovascular system to a test. Apart from losing weight, HIIT workouts help you in building strength and stamina.
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Perform a squat and place your hands on the floor, just inside your feet. Get into the pushup position, perform a pushup and return to the starting position. Reach your arms overhead and explosively jump up in the air. Land back and repeat for reps.
2. Alternate Kettlebell Swings
The benefit of performing HIIT exercises is, you can target specific muscle groups while burning fat. Alternate kettlebell swings will work your shoulders and back while burning those extra calories.
Stand with your feet in a wider than shoulder-width stance. Hold a kettlebell between your legs in your right hand. Swing the kettlebell so its parallel to the floor and at your shoulder level. Return to the starting position and repeat with your left arm.
3. Dumbbell Farmer’s Walk
Dumbbell farmer’s walk is an incredibly effective exercise if you’re looking to build grip strength. This exercise also helps in shedding weight while sculpting your body and strengthing your stabilizers.
Dumbbell farmer’s walk has different variations you can perform. You can use farmer’s walk bars, dumbbells, kettlebells or barbells for this exercise. You can also hold the dumbbells and kettlebells overhead to make the walk intense.
4. Step Up Jumps
If you have ever performed step-ups, you would know this exercise can smoke you. The trick with step-up jumps is you need to maintain a constant intensity. You could perform the bodyweight version of step-up jumps or could add resistance by using weights.
Stand behind a flat bench of knee height and place one foot on the elevated platform. Jump up, driving through the forefoot of the elevated leg. Switch legs in the air so that you land your opposite leg on top of the platform.
5. Battle Rope Wave
Battle rope training is a staple in unconventional gyms, and there’s a good reason behind it. They’re one of the most functional pieces of equipment for high-intensity training and hardcore conditioning.
Battle rope waves can exhaust you in a couple of minutes. This exercise might look easy but will take all you have. Hold the ends of the rope at arm’s length in front of your hips with your hands shoulder-width apart. Brace your core and begin alternately raising and lowering each arm explosively.
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