Ever have one of those days where there seems to be zero time for yourself? Maybe you were stuck in the office all day and didn’t have time to hit the gym once you clocked out. Or maybe you were running around San Diego with the kids all afternoon? Sometimes it can be difficult finding time in your busy day to get in a good workout, but it doesn’t mean you have to skip it all together! Be it at the gym in San Diego, or in your living room, we have put together a few killer cardio moves that are guaranteed to get your heart rate pumping! For video guidance, check out your Point Loma Sports Club trainers teaching San Diego how to do these killer moves in the comfort of their own home!
Squats don’t always require a barbell to be effective. When performing your squats make sure to keep your spine neutral and feet slightly wider than your hips. TIP: Be sure to keep your knees behind your toes. To progress this movement add a jump between each squat, an explosive jump will really get your heart rate up!
Get those quads burning with lunges! TIP: Keeping your spine neutral, pick a point in the room to focus on and place your hands on your hips for stability (don’t forget to engage your core!) To progress, move from one lunge to the next in a swift jumping movement landing in a lunge position. To regress this exercise lower yourself slowly into a lunge, back knee touching the floor and so on. It’s important to go at the pace you feel most comfortable with.
3. High knees
High knees are a stellar way to burn some serious calories. In order to properly perform this exercise, always keep your spine neutral while bringing your knees parallel to you hips. To progress, speed this motion up almost as if you were running in place. To regress, move slower allowing your knees to come hip level, comfortably returning your foot to the ground. TIP: keep your chest proud and back straight.
4. Mountain Climbers
Cardio + abs = goodbye calories, hello sweat! Not only will this exercise increase your heart rate, you will feel it in both your core and shoulders. TIP: to ensure proper form, keep your booty down and spine neutral (as much as you might want to, try not to tuck your chin). You may go as fast as you want with this exercise; to progress, speed up your pace, to regress, slow it down.
Don’t go running away quite yet! This exercise can be regressed or progressed no matter your level of fitness. This total body exercise is a great way to strengthen your core, legs, and upper body all in one movement. If you are a burpee-beginner, try setting a small goal of repetitions such as 8 or 10 and when you feel more comfortable with them try the progressed version or increase the amount of reps. Start in a standing position, lower yourself into a plank one foot at a time and hop your feet forward back into a standing position. To progress, hop backward into your plank, complete a full range-of-motion push-up, hop forward and end with an explosive jump. Repeat. Oh yeah… we love these, too!
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