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Some people – you know who you are – hate cardio. Its understandable. Treadmills are boring, tedious, and repetitive. Luckily there are a lot of alternative to the spin machine and the stationary bike. Here are some favourites that will bring some excitement to your routine.

1. Sled Push and Pull

Directions:
Attach a rope (or chain) to the end of a sled, and sprint out while pushing the sled until the length of the rope. Once you run the full length of the rope, turn around and sprint back to the end of the rope, grab tight, and pull it right back to you, then gear up for the next lap.

REPS:
10 laps

WEIGHT:
Lap 1: weight of just sled
Lap 2-5: increase weight each lap by 15-45lb
Lap 6-9: decrease weight each lap by 15-45lb
Lap 10: weight of just sled

REST: 
Lap 1: 15 seconds
Lap 2-5: increase by 5 seconds each lap
Lap 6-10: decrease by 5 seconds each lap

SETS:
2-3

Directions:
Attach a rope (or chain) to the end of a sled, and sprint out while pushing the sled until the length of the rope. Once you run the full length of the rope, turn around and sprint back to the end of the rope, grab tight, and pull it right back to you, then gear up for the next lap.

 

Sled Push

2. Weighted Box Jumps

Directions:
Stand in place with feet shoulder width apart, and jump onto a box with either a weighted vest or holding a dumbbell. Step back down to land softly and safely, but remember to focus on going as fast as you can while maintaining proper form.

REPS:
15 jumps as fast as you can in 1 minute, for 10 minutes

REST:
The amount of time remaining after you completed 15 jumps in the one minute

SETS:
2

Weighted Box Jump

3. Sledge Hammer to Tire

Directions:
With a sledge hammer, place one hand on the top of the handle and one on the bottom, then hit the tire (or rubber plate if no tire available). “Slide your hands together to the bottom of the hammer in mid-swing—this will generate the most power,” says Valentin. Reset your hands for each swing. Remember to switch halfway through the set at the 5 minute mark.

REPS:
40 seconds work

REST:
20 seconds rest

SETS:
10 minutes sledge hammer

Sledge Hammer To Tire

4.  Agility Ladder & Suicides Sprints

Directions:
Step fast through an agility ladder, and then go straight into suicide sprints. Sprint out 15 feet, then sprint back to the starting point. Then sprint out 30 feet, back to the start, then out 45 feet, and back to the starting line.

REPS:
4

REST:
1 minute

SETS:
5

Agility Ladder

Reblogged from the original at Mens Fitness.

5. Battle Ropes

Directions:
Hold onto the ropes and move your arms as fast as you can while switching up your swing variations: rope slams, rope circles, and over unders (one hand over, one hand under alternated).

REPS:
40 seconds work

REST:
20 seconds rest

SETS:
10 minutes

Battle Ropes

Battle Ropes

 

6. Farmer Carry Figure 8s

Directions:
Set up two cones about 15 feet apart, and carry kettlebells or dumbbells with arms to your side (like carrying a suit case) and posture upright as you walk around each cone in a figure 8 pattern.

REPS:
15 laps as fast as possible.

REST:
2 minutes after each full set; rest in-between each rep only if necessary

SETS:
3

Farmer Carry

7. Resistance Tether

Directions:
Attach one end of a tether band to a heavy object (like a tire or sled) and tie the other end around your waist; set up three cones 10 feet away from you, each equally apart from each other. Now, lay down on the floor, and then start: explode up from the ground and sprint to each cone (but once you touch a cone go back quickly to the starting point).

Other variations: side shuffling, back peddling, and bear crawling.

REPS:
5 minutes

REST:
1 minute

SETS:
3

Resistance Tether

Resistance Tether

8. Tire Flips

Directions:
“Force a thoracic extension (chest up and back arched) to help give you a neutral spine (straight back), and then keeping that neutral spine, pick up the tire and flip to the other side,” adds Valentin.

REPS:
15 flips as fast as you can in 1 minute, for 10 minutes

REST:
The amount of time remaining after you completed 15 flips in the one minute

SETS:
2

Tire Flips

Tire Flips

Reblogged from the original at Mens Fitness.

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