Are you looking for a way to do high intensity and effective workouts? It can be simpler than you think. All you need to do is choose one or more alternatives to your current training method, exercise selection, or choice of equipment.
Let’s review some of these alternatives and see how you can increase the intensity of your workouts.
High Intensity Training-Alternatives to Change Your Routine
Running instead of walking
There’s nothing simpler than this: if you’re walking your main cardio session, why not try running? You may be able to do a slightly shorter but more effective workout.
Unless you have a current physical condition that prohibits you from running, you should choose that instead of walking. It’s just harder and more calories are burned.
Weights instead of machines
Machines are easier to use than weights, which is why many people use them. However, they are not as effective as weights, so I have seen in all the gyms I have exercised, people who were fitter used weights .
When you use a machine, you are not working in a natural environment because the machine guides your movements and supports the weight.
Usually, you can only move in one direction because the machines are designed to isolate your movement. With free weights you need to work harder, and this translates into a better training experience.
Circuits instead of defined workouts
Many people do a weight-lifting set and then rest for 30-60 seconds. It is much more effective to
train on circuits and perform a series of exercises in a row. This is harder to do but the result of fat loss is faster.
The number of exercises on each circuit is something you have to experience. In an upcoming article I will put you on a circuit of exercises to do at home.
Rowing Vs The Elliptical Machine
For those who do their cardio in the gym and hate running, the elliptical machine is a popular choice. However, the elliptical machine cannot provide the experience of having the high-intensity workouts you are looking for. Let me suggest rowing as an alternative.
The paddle can be the cardio weapon you need to get rid of fat quickly. The oar is harder than exercising with the elliptical machine, works the upper body, as well as the lower body, and gives you a strength workout along with the cardio. Try the paddle and you’ll see what I mean.
Use an unstable platform
If you’re used to exercising while standing on the floor or sitting in a chair, there’s one way you
can greatly increase the intensity of your workout: the use of an unstable platform.
This includes a stability ball for sitting or a bosu ball for standing exercises. An unstable platform forces your stabilizing muscles to work harder, so you’ll be doing more muscles at the same time and it will lead you to burn more calories.
Try these five alternatives and see how they improve your high-intensity workouts.