July Cardio Challenge

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We are officially in July which means time for our new challenge. So far this year we have already worked on our squats, push up, improving our abs and just finished up scultping our arms. So this month we are going to give the strength training a break and work on improving our cardiovascular system. July is going to be our cardio challenge!!

Cardio is a way to get our heart rate up and increase our blood circulation. Cardio helps with increasing our endurance, burning off calories,can assist in blasting body fat to name a few benefits. You can perform cardio using a variety of different cardio machines such as treadmill, elliptical, stairmaster, recumbent or cycle bike, etc. You can also walk, run, jump rope, do bleachers, hills, and variety forms of cardio based classes. I hope your ready to increase your cardio levels and burn some calories!!

*Challenge Rules*

Every day you will perform a different type of cardio exercises for a certain duration. Each week we will increase the intensity and duration of each exercise.

Wednesday:

Take a cardio based class such as Zumba, kickboxing, boxing, or any style of dancing. On this day you could also play basketball or soccer.

*Most classes last for 30-60 minutes*

 Week 1

Thursday:

Use cardio machines such as treadmill, ellipitcal, stairmaster, recumbent bike, etc.

*Perform cardio for 15-20 minutes (beginners), 20-30 minutes (intermediates), and 30-40 minutes (advance).*

Alternative for people who do not have access to any type of cardio machines can perform total body cardio exercises listed below.

  • Jumping Jacks
  • High Knees
  • Push Ups
  • Jump Squats
  • Mountain Climbers
  • Split Lunges
  • Burpees
  • Jump Rope

*3-4 sets of 10 repetitions (beginners), 20 repetitions (intermediates), and 30 repetitions (advanced). Everyone try to jump rope for at least 3-4 sets of 30-60 seconds.*

Friday:

Take a cardio based class such as Zumba, kickboxing, boxing, or any style of dancing. You could also play basketball, soccer, etc. 

Saturday:

On 4th of July get a quick workout in while enjoying the great outdoors by doing a brisk walk, run, sprint, do bleachers, do hills, jump rope, etc.

*Duration for any activity involving fast paced running (such as sprints, bleachers and hills) should last 10-15 minutes (beginners), 20-25 minutes (intermediate), and 30 minutes (advanced). Duration for slow paced running (such as jogging) or brisk walk should last 15-20 minutes (beginners), 20-30 minutes (intermediate), and 30-40 minutes (advanced).  Duration for jump rope is 5 minutes (beginners), 10 minutes (intermediates), and 15 minutes (advanced). You can split up how long you jump rope for or you can do it all at once.*

Sunday:

Rest & stretch!!

Let’s start the first few days off right!! Be prepared to get your sweat on and burn calories. Remember if you ever need any encouragement feel free to leave me a post, a message on the LMC Fitness Facebook fan page, or email me at lmcfitness23@gmail.com.

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