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3 Ways to Become a Cardio Junkie in 2018

Lindsey Turoff Lindsey Turoff 3 Ways to Become a Cardio Junkie in 2018
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If you’re like me, the idea of lacing up your shoes, hitting the streets, jumping on a bike, climbing steps, or anything that leaves me with a dry throat gasping for air, sounds absolutely dreadful. Though being athletic has more or less become my identity, the popular cardio trend has never been my scene. However, as I have grown more conscious of what exercises affect the body and more aware of what is needed in order to lose weight and maintain ones figure, the importance of cardiovascular activity has crept higher and higher onto my own To-Do list. That being said, I wasn’t willing to try to become a runner. Call me stubborn? Perhaps—but I’d like to consider myself crafty; If I could get a heart pounding, sweat dripping, adrenaline rush workout WITHOUT it feeling like a 3 mile run, I would try it. After doing a little research around the Columbus area a few new workouts came to light.

Kickboxing

Kickboxing has become my absolute favorite way to sweat. With classes having the ability to burn anywhere from 750 to 900 calories in an hour-long class, it’s a sure fire way to get your cardio in. Classes are typically structured in an interval form, 5-10 minutes on the bag, and a minute to catch your breath. Research has shown that shorter, high intensity cardio sessions lead to greater chance at fat loss than longer, low intensity sessions; essentially it’s a win-win situation all round.

My Suggestion:

Excel Fight Club in Bexley with Shelby Westoby. I don’t think I’ve ever worked with a better trainer than Shelby. Her classes are tough; she gets you sweating, excited and demands greatness from you. In a typical class she’ll work upper body punching combinations, lower body kicks, combined upper and lower, a strengthening unit, and will finish us out with core work that you are sure to feel the next day. For more info, visit www.bexleykickboxing.com.

Battle Rope

Yes, you saw correctly, rope work does count as a cardio workout. Magazines are calling this a “revival to fitness” and honestly it is. It’s fun, incredibly challenging, and works more than just your heart. There are hundreds of different ways to slam these ropes, double waves, single waves, jumping jacks just to name a few. Treat this as a HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout and you’re sure to start sweating in no time.

My Suggestion:

Though these ropes are quickly finding themselves into most gyms, Dustin Goldman with F.I.T and Strike created the sweatiest circuit I’ve tried to date. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/fitandstrike/.

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Heated Power Yoga

So you may not be the type of person who enjoys punching bags, or slamming things to the ground, perhaps you like a slower workout, but one that leaves you drenched nonetheless. I was apprehensive to begin practicing yoga, for I thought it would leave me feeling unsatisfied, not sweaty, nor sore post “Namaste” but I was happily proven wrong. Power yoga is a step up from your typical class, while it promotes muscle strength and muscle endurance, it also doubles as an effect aerobic workout due to its fast paced nature, and when you add the heat (could be upwards of 110 degrees) there is absolutely no lack of sweat.

My Suggestion:

Yoga Six. This relatively new studio sits comfortably along the street off Lane Avenue with a new studio opening up off High Street in the campus area. They offer different classes with a range of levels, heated and non-heated, and even an in house boot camp. If you can find a class taught by Jordan Davis you definitely won’t be disappointed. For more information, visit www.yogasix.com/columbus.

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