As part of my work out routine, 3 days of my week are dedicated to cardio only. I've used every type of cardio equipment under the sun because I can't resist trying something new as an active dame. So I'm breaking down my three favorite pieces of cardio equipment and how I like to use them. Warning, this blog might wanna make you get MOVING so keep your water bottle and gym clothes nearby! First up, the love of my cardio life, the Cybex Arc Trainer. Ooooooooh I LOVE this machine. It always feels like such a full body work out. You can increase the intensity levels, as well as the arc heights. The higher the arc, the more that booty burns! There are two versions of this machine. One where your arms stay still, and one where they move in a runners motion (kind of like a more typical elliptical machine). This trumps the other elliptical styles though, because of that ARC. There's nothing like it. It's like running and climbing a mountain at the same time. High-knees, but running. I usually set my pace at 20, and my arc height at 11 or 12. I'm telling you, it burns, but it feels awesome. When you get off this machine you know you have PUT IN WORK! I incorporate this machine into my lift days as the cardio breaks. I start off with a 10 minute warm up, then I go lift. Come back on the Arc Trainer for 5 min, then lift. Repeat again, lift, then abs and stretching. Perfect for your full body work out, even when your lift days are area specific.
Next, the newest addition to my work out love life, the Woodway Curve Treadmill. I have never experienced a treadmill like this before. It's the best thing since sliced bread. Ok. It's a little bit intimidating at first, but once you're in the swing of it it's as natural as walking or running. Here's why it's special. It's curved, or has an arc as well (my love for arcs continues). But the arc allows YOU to control the speed! Therefore, this machine is 100% green! Yep, it doesn't not plug in. So you get on and start walking. To quicken your pace, stay towards the front. To slow down, move towards the back. It's that. Simple. 💁🏽 so here's how I use this machine. I like to do sprint tabatas. What that means, is I run HARD AND FAST for 20 seconds then walk for 10. I do this for 6 minutes straight. 20 fast, 10 slow. Why I like this machine is it's easy to control my pace. These typically don't work on a normal treadmill. You have to set the pace at a sprint but for the 10 second slow down you have to totally stop and put both feet on the side steps. Lame! The Curve is the only way to get the full excercise on a treadmill. Hands down. And it rocks!
Last, but certainly NOT least, the traditional stationary bike. People usually discount stationary bikes but I love them. They are so versatile! I can do everything on them. We've talked about tabatas, the bike is great for these! I usually do a 20 minute one, fast for 30 seconds, slow for 60 seconds. It really gets those legs burning! I can also use the bike the same way I use my arc trainer, at intervals in between lift sets. Or you can just get a great warm up and sweat going using a bike for 10-20 minutes up front, go lift, and wrap up with 10-20min bike on the end. It's easy on the knees, for those of us with all sorts of knee problems. It's a great go to when you're just not feeling it. Sore, weak, whatever. Get on the bike and just work it out.
Hopefully this encourages you to get your cardio on in different ways! Cardio doesn't always have to be doomsday. It can actually be fun and challenging! So go to my Instagram, like some of my workout wear pics and get some new duds to wear for your next cardio day. Nothing like a good sweat baby! 💦