The Gym! Tips for Gymgoers Part 2 Cardio vs. Freeweights

(This is part of a series, click here for Part 1 on Gym Etiquette)

The Gym has two major options…

1. Cardiovascular exercises

2. Strength training exercises

It doesn’t have to be one or the other: Interval Training can achieve both.

You can combine strength training and cardiovascular training by doing interval training. Intervals include a period of high intensity followed by a short period of rest/recovery, then straight back into high intensity.

Examples of interval training

1. Treadmill: Put treadmill on 15% incline, then walk 3-3.5 miles per hour for 90 seconds. I promise your calves, legs, and butt will be feeling the burn. After 90 seconds, bring the treadmill back down to 0% incline, walk for 60 seconds, then repeat. ADVANCED: Do sprint intervals, at 10% incline and 10 miles per hour for 60 seconds.

Workouts can be fun!!

2. Dumbbell Squats: Find an area to do dummbell squats. Choose a weight that you can do 30 reps with. Now start the clock and don’t stop doing reps until 60 seconds are complete. Rest for 60 seconds, then do 60 seconds of squatting again.

This is especially powerful for people who are limited by time

You can burn some major calories and improve cardiovascular and muscular strength in 30 minutes or less.

Now go forth and exercise Gymgoers!!

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