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A Better Way To Do Cardio

No fitness program is complete without a cardio component. The traditional workout usually involves some form of strength training first, such as weights followed by cardio. Traditional cardio such as a session on the treadmill, elliptical or some other equipment in a steady state type of movement is what is practiced by the majority of health club members. The steady state approach to cardio does work to get results but it takes more time and is monotonous. It lacks variety and can quickly lead to boredom.

It’s time to break free from the old school cardio grind!

There’s a better way to do it…

Enter infrared isometrics and infrared HIIT.  By themselves, isometrics such as yoga and HIIT (high intensity interval training) with a cycle can provide an awesome cardio workout minus the monotony.  But when you add in infrared heat and energy, isometrics and HIIT can give you a level of cardio training that you have yet to imagine.

I can tell you, as an avid infrared fitness user myself, that when you practice yoga or indoor cycling in an infrared environment such as that of a HOTWORX sauna, you will never even know that you are doing cardio.  With infrared, your heart rate goes up sooner and the workouts are fast. The time flies by because your mind is on the posture sequence or the interval at 125 degrees Fahrenheit and not the grind of trying to keep a steady state for your heart rate on a treadmill.

There is a body of scientific evidence to suggest that interval training is better for developing endurance and strengthening cardio, as well as burning fat!  The argument is that bursts of intensity are more important, and more beneficial than steady state. High intensity yoga and cycling, when done properly, can raise and lower the heart rate with the blasts of intensity required to perform postures and intervals. Heart rate up and down intervals happen without the grind when practicing HOTWORX isometrics and HIIT workouts. Most of the time, you never even know you’re getting a cardio workout.

Welcome to the better way to do cardio.

I would advocate that more attention should be paid to average heart rate during the workout and not the old school approach to cardio fitness which is the maintenance of a set heart rate number during the entire workout.

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Stephen P. Smith, MA
CEO and Creator of HOTWORX, Author, Former National Collegiate Bodybuilding Champion and Arena Football Player, Certified Professional Trainer


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