Bodyweight Interval Training Better Than Traditional Cardio?
Have you ever thought of using bodyweight interval training instead of your regular cardio workout? Most exercisers don’t even think this kind of workout is good for improving the heart and lungs, until they do one for themselves. All you need is your own bodyweight, so get ready to go.
First of all, I don’t like the term “cardio”. I like to think of this type of training as Energy System training. By this I mean improving the way your body uses the nutrients to fuel your strenuous physical activity. Since this process relies mostly on the heart and lungs that is what most people focus on.
But the fact is, an activity that gets your heart pumping and increases your breathing rate is a “cardio” exercise. So, doing bodyweight intervals at a fast pace is also a “cardio” workout when done properly. And I would argue that doing intervals of multiple different bodyweight exercises is actually more beneficial for improving heart and lung function, burning fat and building an athletic body.
What Is Bodyweight Interval Training?
One way to perform this type of workout is to pick 3-4 bodyweight only exercises and perform 10 reps of each exercise back to back as a circuit. Don’t take any breaks between exercises. Keep going for a specific period of time… say 10-15 minutes. Sounds simple, right?
Here is what is going on. You should pick the bodyweight exercises so that your entire body is stressed. So, an upper body exercise, lower body and core. As you go through the workout, your entire body comes into play (instead or just your legs like running or biking).
While you are doing this full body bodyweight interval training workout, your heart and lungs are going to start working hard. The muscles all over your body start screaming for nutrients, and your lungs need more oxygen and your heart needs to deliver this oxygen and other nutrients. The entire system that delivers energy is stressed… and that is what brings about improvements.
I think you’ll find, as I have, that bodyweight interval training is better at increasing endurance for activities done in the real world. Your body makes specific changes according to the specific demand placed upon it. So when you run, you get better at running. Unfortunately, when you do other activities you’ll find you are ill prepared. Using a series of bodyweight exercises trains not only every muscle in your body… but your heart and lungs as well.
Instead of your next boring cardio session, try bodyweight interval training instead. It will not only be more fun, but more effective at helping you increase heart and lung power, burn fat and build an attractive body. Bu be forewarned, you are not going to be able to watch TV or read a magazine while doing this workout!
By: Eddie Lomax
Bodyweight Interval Training : Killer Cardio
Visit womenathomeworkout.com to get more great fitness and nutrition ideas and free ebook! This workout shows some great bodyweight interval training exercises for high intensity so you can burn lots of fat and tone that body. Exercises include side to burpees, mountain climbers, and jumping jacks.