July Cardio Challenge Week 3

spin bike

We are almost halfway through our cardio challenge. Hopefully everyone is pushing themselves and feeling stronger endurance wise. This week we are going to continue increasing the duration of each day. Remember we are focusing on increasing our heart rate as well as blood circulation. Doing cardio helps increase you endurance level, burn calories, and can assist with getting rid of body fat. Now lets finish the rest of the month of strong!!

*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.

Week 3

Monday:

cardio

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

*Perform cardio for 30-35 minutes (beginners), 35-40 minutes (intermediates), and 40-45 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

*4-5 sets of 15 repetitions (beginners), 25 repetitions (intermediates), and 35 repetitions (advanced).*

Tuesday:

running

Enjoy the 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 20-25 minutes (beginners), 30-35 minutes (intermediate), and 40 minutes (advanced). Duration for slow paced running (such as jogging) or brisk walk should last 25 minutes (beginners), 35 minutes (intermediate), and 45 minutes (advanced).  Duration for jump rope is 10 minutes (beginners), 15 minutes (intermediates), and 20 minutes (advanced).*

Wednesday:

bodypump

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*

Thursday:

cardio

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

*Perform cardio for 30-35 minutes (beginners), 35-40 minutes (intermediates), and 40-45 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

*4-5 sets of 15 repetitions (beginners), 25 repetitions (intermediates), and 35 repetitions (advanced).

Friday:

running

Enjoy 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 20-25 minutes (beginners), 30-35 minutes (intermediate), and 40 minutes (advanced). Duration for slow paced running (such as jogging) or brisk walk should last 25 minutes (beginners), 35 minutes (intermediate), and 45 minutes (advanced).  Duration for jump rope is 10 minutes (beginners), 15 minutes (intermediates), and 20 minutes (advanced).*

Saturday:

bodypump

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

*Most classes last for 30-60 minutes*

Sunday:

Rest & Stretch!!

Remember sweating is a good thing and keep burning those calories!! It is never too late to start the challenge or tell someone about it. Also If you ever feel defeated and 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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