So, you reckon you can cardio?
Grin. Really? I’m not talking long distance time, i’m talking 25 and 30 min bursts of flat out effort. Still reckon you’ve got the goods? Let’s see:
Let’s talk about the GROSS one: UPCHUCK CITY:
Yeah it’s got this name for a reason. You have 30 mins to try and get this bad boy finished….it can definitely be done, absolutely – but it’s tough mentally. It means you need to keep moving the whole way. Not neccessarily especially fast, but when a fair chunk of this is UPHILL – continuing to move is a tough ask. You haven’t had to breath until you try and chain Assault Bikes and Uphill running together. Hello Lungs.
Our Slightly Shorter – SHOCK WAVE.
Much faster and with NO uphill running. 5 rounds, with your choice of run or ride and then straight into a body strength sequence. The cool thing about body strength, is that there is typically zero isolation. Whatever the primary muscle focus is, the rest of the body is being used as a support mechanism – which means all the muscles are being used, which means oxygen is being used, which you don’t have because you’ve just spent it all on the cardio….nasty right? We like it. Can you get this one done in 25mins?
You’re up for a challenge right? Pete.
Hola everybody. Today your workouts revolve around two very different concepts. The first workout is a slow burn max strength set on machines in the gym. This workout is designed to get your muscles to hit maximum fatigue and then fail. This is why it’s on machines, to keep things safe. The second is a swimming workout!! Whoa, i know, we haven’t done one of these for a while. It’s a good intermediate workout or the reason we’ve created it, as a additional add-on to an existing cardio workout.
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Slow Max Out:
Like we’ve said above, this workout is going to get you to hit maximum muscle utilisation and then, ideally, failure. We achieve this on machines for two of the three muscle groups to ensure that your technique stays true and the moves are safe. Each set is designed to be achieved with the heaviest weight you are confident with. That’s key there, don’t let ego get in the way here – work your way up through weights, understand where your capabilities are. The good thing about this, you’ll get to do this workout several times as you discover where those loads are.
This workout is designed to be added to an existing cardiovascular workout to promote multi-discipline endurance and transitional ability. In other words, we envisage you going for a run, or a ride, or even a prior gym session and then hitting the pool whilst the body is still in work mode. This is going to force your body to adapt, to utilise muscles that are currently geared for another activity and to get you transition into swimming. As another training usage – if you’re on your journey to becoming a stronger swimming, this may serve quite well as a workout on it’s own.
Keep your training varied – the more variation you can expose the body to (within the parameters of what you want to achieve), the better your overall fitness ability will be.
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Weekly Workouts for the Online Team – Wed at 9am, coming in:
Two really icky type workouts that I love to push through on a challenge day. Centering around learning to run uphill – everyone’s favourite style of running hey? – and getting your muscle fibres to adapt between training elements.
Uphill running is very very different to flat running. The style is changed, you need to get heels down and use your bum more, otherwise your calf muscles are going to lock up and blow out faster than you can say “my lungs aren’t working anymore!!”. And you won’t be able to say that, because your lungs won’t be working anymore 🙂 3 Rounds of varying hill steepness on a treadmill – it will test your lungs, your legs and your willpower. Our greatest tip? Don’t stop. Change the speed as required definitely….manage you pace. Stopping on the other hand is acknowledging mentally that you have tapped out….and maybe you need to…..but usually, its because you WANT to, not because you need to….slow it down, walk, but don’t stop!
The Transitional Training is another aspect of training, particularly in multi-sports that doesn’t oft get practiced by newcomers, for the simple reason that it can be remarkably unpleasant. Feeling muscles stiff, changing breathing patterns – this all takes several minutes to change over and its not a walk in the park. It definitely gets quicker, and it’s definitely worth practicing, as experiencing it all for the first time on race day is a fabulous recipe to hit all sorts of walls. Get some experience under the belt beforehand hey?
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Enjoy that Hill Run – It’s an absolute banger supreme….lol
Cycling and Boxing – what on earth do they have in common? Cardio. Two of the highest cardiovascular demanding sports, they can be very effective in being a cross-training platform for you!
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Let’s Talk Boxing First Up:
You see heaps of people at the gym dancing around bags and throwing hits for ages. Don’t get me wrong – this is a great thing to implement, hitting things hard and often is the fundamental of the sport…BUT…..its not a fabulous way to train up your pure oxygen usage. When you see big men in the boxing ring go for 5 rounds, they stop dancing…the punches come out rarely…they’re wrecked. Our workout will get you throwing down and combining it with some good, hard cardio – and then we’ll see if you can STILL throw down. Up for it?
Cycling in the gym is usally a black and white element. People love it or hate it. If you love it – sweet, keep hitting it up and give this workout a try for some variety. If you hate it, you need to have a look through this, becausef rather than being a pure cycling workout – it’s most definitely a HIIT style workout with primary cycling elements. We’ve broken those elements up frequently, so that you’re never on the bike for more than 5 mins, and usually much less. You will be working at maximum intensity when on the bike though so push it hard and then engage the brain in the alternating leg burner sections – and you legs WILL BURN!
Cheers – Pete.