Alternatives to the Treadmill: How to Change Your HIIT Routine
Time to do HIIT training, but running just isn’t your thing? Maybe running is hard on your joints and body, or maybe you just simply don’t enjoy running – No worries, I have you covered! There are so many alternatives to running that cardio doesn’t have to be confined to running on a treadmill. It might be hard to believe, but cardio CAN be fun (did I just say that?!). To anyone out there who is just plain bored with their running routine and wants to fire up their HIIT game, this one is for you!
5 GREAT ALTERNATIVES TO RUNNING ON THE TREADMILL
STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
Always run intervals on the treadmill? Take the time to venture out and spice things up with different cardio machines. From rowers to spin bikes, the gym has so many cardio options, never letting you have the excuse that HIIT has to be done on the treadmill. Use your same high intensity interval rules based on your own Jessie’s Girls program and apply it the elliptical machine, stationary bike, rowing machine, or stepper. All of these machines are low impact on your joints. You can still increase speed, stamina, and intensity, helping you HIIT your interval goals!
GIVE YOUR LEGS A BREAK
If your quads and glutes just need some down time from that last leg routine, you can still reach your interval goals by focusing on your upper body. Use battle ropes to skyrocket your heart rate! Add in planks, push-ups, mountain climbers, or dips to ease up your leg training while still keeping on schedule with your cardio and HIIT goals. This type of cardio training is completely different than your average HIIT training and your body will notice!
JUST HANG OUT
You can always get a HIIT workout in, even if you can’t always perform high intensity moves. By combining HIIT with TRX ropes, you’ll be able to perform all of the exercises while staying safe and secure. To HIIT the TRX ropes, hold onto the handles and do jump lunges, squat jumps, or low lateral squats, which will cause a serious burn and increase your heart rate. These exercises are perfect if you cannot do a jump squat or bulgarian split jump on your own. Having a little assistance from the TRX ropes will enable you to integrate these moves into your high intensity training with ease.
TAKE A DIP
If you really want to challenge yourself but are worried you can’t get the workout you normally get with running, try a dip in the pool. Swimming works muscles you never even knew you had! A lap or two will show you that a non-impact exercise like swimming is nothing to laugh at! Just make sure to wear a waterproof heart rate monitor so you can accurately time your intervals.
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