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3 Ways To Spice Up Your Cardio To Get Shredded!

Fire Up Your Metabolism Without Leaving The House!

Posted by FitnessDreams - November 30th, 2016

If you live in an area where it's just too cold this time of year, you probably find cardio hard to do, if not impossible. The temperature and precipitation can be awful. If you're taking up cardio as a New Year's resolution, trying to embark on an outdoor campaign could quickly lead to giving up.

I'm particularly frustrated by the weather as a former sprinter; running fast is my cardio of choice. With the holidays long over, however, the weather just isn't manageable for making this happen. If I tried sprinting regularly through February, I'd end up slipping on ice at some point. In fact, even with normal running you'll have to be careful about frozen surfaces.

What you need are cardio solutions that aren't performed outdoors. Heck, some of these methods can be done without even LEAVING your home to go to a gym. Here are the top 3 forms of cardio I'd recommend for the winter:


Considering you don't even need equipment for this one, I'm putting it at the top of the list. All it takes is going into your basement or the main room of your apartment. This truly is a compound movement. Aside from your back and biceps, it utilizes every muscle group in your body. Scott Herman does a nice job of explaining how to perform this movement:

I would perform these as a series of intervals. Do 6-10 burpees, and then rest for 45 – 60 seconds. Repeat this five or more times, and you'll have quite a circuit on your hands.

Barbell Complex

This movement can really get your heart racing, and all it takes is a barbell! A barbell complex involves performing a series of compound movements back-to-back and then taking a short rest to catch your breath. This makes for a great anaerobic workout and can really help you burn some fat.

Here's a basic complex you could try out:

  • Deadlifts
  • Barbell Rows
  • Overhead Press
  • Squat
  • Rest 45 – 60 seconds

Repeat this circuit five times. If you can eventually perform it 10 times, you have some SERIOUS stamina. Instead of getting to that point, however, I suggest you increase the weight instead and stick to only five or six rounds. Start with just the  barbell, and progressively add weight when you can. This exercise isn't about building maximal strength; it's about getting your heart racing and moving.

You can always change the circuit if you find things getting stale too. Here are some other EXAMPLES you can try, but feel free to come up with your own as well.

Elliptical Machine

You probably think this one is a joke. Well the truth is, many of you might be too banged up for the aforementioned circuits. If you've slipped a disc or torn a shoulder in the past, there's no way I would recommend a Barbell Complex for you. Burpees probably won't be good for you if you have pre-existing hip injuries.

The elliptical machine provides an effective cardio workout without putting pressure on any of your joints. Now, depending on your preference, you could perform this as an interval, or just maintain a steady pace for about 30 minutes – this depends on what type of cardio you prefer.


The holiday treats and goodies you had too much of are in the past. Use these circuits to trim off that fat for good.

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This is a topic that seems to be a rather controversial issue in the fitness community: proper range of motion (ROM) and technique...



I've discovered a toy from Octane Fitness called the Lateral-X. I describe it as the love child of an elliptical and a StairMaster


Hahaha that's awesome!!! Do some intense intervals on that and you'll be set!


Haha nice man. Sounds like fun ;)