Try this free routine to change it up!

If you are like me, cardio is the toughest part of your weekly workouts. You know it’s good for you and your heart. You understand that it burns calories and builds stamina. Cardio also builds endurance, but it can be so hard to endure…

Conversely, I can lift weights 24/7 and be just perfectly fatigued, enjoy what I am doing and feel accomplished. But when it come to cardio it’s a whole new story. I have to trick myself into patterns that will make time pass, I need to constantly push myself and try harder. And it seems like every routine grows old after just a few attempts. So instead of giving up all together on cardio – I decided to be a cardio “creativity queen!” Quite literally, I choose to woo myself with new fun routines.

So try this one out and let me know what you think!

This 15-minute workout consists of three rounds – feel free to repeat as many times as you are able (2x = 30 minutes, etc.)

Lightly warm up for 3-5 minutes (i.e. walk at a moderate intensity)

Round One

  • 2 minutes jump rope
  • 1 minute jumping jacks
  • 1 minute mountain climbers
  • 30 seconds high knees
  • 30 seconds butt kicks

Round Two

  • 2 minutes jump rope
  • 1 minute jumping pushups (in push up position, jump your legs out, perform a push up, then jump your legs together, perform a pushup, repeat)
  • 1 minute alternating jumping lunges (from a lunge position with your right leg in front, jump and switch your legs so you land with your left leg in front, yes, in a lunge, repeat)
  • 30 seconds right leg squat kicks (start in a squat, then raise right leg and kick waist high, repeat)
  • 30 seconds left leg squat kicks

Round Three

  • 2 minutes jump rope
  • 1 minute side shuffles (alternate direction either at 30 seconds or as your space allows)
  • 30 seconds right leg squat SIDE kicks (start in a squat, then lift right leg and kick sideways waist high, repeat)
  • 30 seconds left leg squat SIDE kicks
  • 1 minute plank “in and outs” (in push up plank position, jump both feet to pike position and back to plank position, keep your belly pulled in to protect your lower back, repeat)

Be sure to perform your maximum amount of repetitions – with good form, of course. What keeps this really fun, is to track your progress as you improve your maximum reps.

When I reach my plateau, I like to keep my cardio rounds short and intense – so that was the inspiration for this program. I hope you enjoy it – I sure have!

As always check with your physician prior to attempting this or any other vigorous exercise program – and then have fun!