Creative Cardio For Cuts!

We all know that we have to do cardio to lose bodyfat and get the body we want. We all know it but do we all do it? No, not at all. As a matter of fact, the number one reason why most people probably don’t do cardio is because it’s boring.

Since we know that we have to do but don’t want to do it because it’s boring, what’s going to break the tie? Sure, you can alternate between high intensity and low intensity cardio but at the end of the day it’s still a lot of volume on your lower body. Recovery is going to be down and the chances that you’ll make any progress in your leg training is slim to none.

So what type of cardio can you do to continue to burn fat and save your legs? You just have to get creative really, there’s no limit to what you can do. Plus, these movements are, for the most part, whole body as opposed to traditional lower body care. You’ll burn more glycogen for fuel over the entire the body and theoretically, will lose more fat overall.

Creative Cardio

In no particular order……

Boxing-Any type of boxing, especially, heavy bag work will challenge your upper body in a completely different way then your used to. Train in rounds of 1-3 minutes with 60-75 second rest periods.


Tire Flipping-While I despise the people that will tell you that this is drastically better than anything you can ever do, I will say that tire flipping requires a tremendous amount of effort. If you have access to a old tire try to flip it for distance.

Kettlebell Swings-This is the only reason that I actually went and bought a pair. Kettlebell swings are a full body movement is can be done in your basement.

Rowing-Seriously, don’t hate on the rowing machine in the corner of your gym. It’ll kick your butt before you know it.

Swimming– Not for the faint of heart, hard interval swimming will do wonders to help you burn body fat. Plus it’s awesome on your joints. Just look at the Dara Torres workout, it worked for her at 41 right?


Complexes– Ever increasing in popularity, dumbbell or barbell complexes are a effective method for training multiple muscle with little space or equipment and are prefect for the 5 o’clock packed house in your gym.

You’re only limited by your mind but here’s a sample complex.


Bent Over Rows

Single Arm Rows

Front Squats

Push Press

To execute a barbell complex, simply perform the entire list of exercises without rest. That’s one set. Repeat for three to four sets. It’s best to perform the exercises with little to no weight on the bar/ use light dumbbells.

I would like to point out that I don’t feel that one method of cardio is superior to others. I think people want to belong to a school of thought so the kettlebell people will tell you to get off of the bodybuilding training and do swings or the older coaches will tell you to swim. Listen, you can do 1000 laps and you still look like The Hoff without following a six pack diet or any other calorie controlled eating plan.


But cardio doesn’t have to be boring, just mix it up and work hard.

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