Over the weekend I spent it with my fitness friends in beautiful Costa Mesa, Ca at the annual fitness summit. Luckily for me, it’s only a 30 minute drive but my friends from Canada and the East Coast flew in for a full weekend of learning and laughs.
Mike is a bit of a goof! I never know what he is going to do when we snap a picture together…lol!
Mike sent over this great article for us today…
Kick Butt Cardio Fix
by Mike Whitfield, creator of Bodyweight Finishers 2.0
Today I did some “old school” cardio after my workout, but with a bit of a “new school” twist that has been PROVEN to be better than traditional cardio or even intervals.
You see, your own body is the best body toning and fat loss equipment you could ever own.
Think about it…what’s the first thing you think of when I say the word “cardio”?
Let me guess…the treadmill or spin bike right?
So, rep after rep, you’re neglecting the rest of your muscles. These are FREE fat-burning tools at your fingertips and they aren’t being used!
But how do you use your own body as a replacement for cardio? This is just scratching the surface, but here’s just one example using the ladder approach…
The following circuit shows resting only when needed. In the first circuit, you’ll complete 6 reps of each exercise. In the next circuit, you’ll complete 5 reps of each. Continue in this fashion until you complete 1 rep of each exercise.
Jump Squats or Total Body Extensions (6…1)
Offset Pushup (6/side…1/side0
Bodyweight Chops (keep those abs braced tight) (6/side…1/side)
Do you see how you hit more muscle groups?
It’s like cardio, but on caffeine…and they can be done ANYWHERE because they require ZERO equipment. See how it works here:
Your friend Mike!
I love adding these bodyweight finishers to the end of my workout, especially if Im looking to really intensify my workout for the day.
I added one of Mike’s finishers to my workout, here is what I did:
4 Rounds, 10 reps each set, no rest between sets
It was the perfect finisher for my workout today!
You can find out more about Mike’s bodyweight program by heading over to Bodyweight Finishers.