The 4 Best Non-Cardio “Cardio” Exercises
Last Monday I listed my four favorite Non-Cardio “Cardio” movements and explained why I like them. Here’s the video with those 4 movements.
Exercise #1 – Step-up with Shoulder Press followed with a Reverse Lunge (Video time between 0:00 – 2:25) ~ Complete 10 reps on each leg.
To make this exercise more difficult you would step up onto a bench or have a lot more risers under that step. It was impossible to film it that way as the ceiling is too low where I was filming. 10 Reps on each side.
Exercise #2 – Kettlebell Swing (Video time between 2:27 – 4:00) ~ Complete a minimum of 20 reps
Exercise #3 – Kettlebell Clean with Front Squat (Video time between 4:03 – 5:45) ~ Complete 10 reps
Exercise #4 – Kettlebell Piston Rows (Video time between 5:48 – 7:27) ~ Complete As Many Reps as Possible while maintaining good form.
You can do these exercises in a Circuit Style, meaning one right after the other.
Instead of combining all four, what I like to do is break up the first two and second two exercises on separate days.
A sample program would consist of these after a main movement.
Day 1 – Combine the first movement (Step up/Shoulder Press/Reverse Lunge) and second movement (KB Swings) for a circuit, completing 3 rounds with 60 seconds rest in between rounds.
Day 2 – Combine the third exercise (KB Clean and Front Squat) and fourth exercise (KB Piston Rows) for a circuit, completing 3 rounds with 60 seconds rest in between rounds.
These won’t be the only exercises you do that day, but they can be used either right after a main movement (think Deadlifts or Squats) or for a finisher for the day.
If you have any questions about any of the exercises, please feel free to leave a comment below.