Can bodyweight cardio exercises really be that effective in burning fat? Yes, yes, and another yes! I was first introduced to bodyweight exercises a couple years ago. I was very skeptical at first because of my background in bodybuilding. I just couldn’t fathom using your bodyweight as a tool for building muscle, let alone a way for a cardio routine. I trained for a whole year on bodyweight exercises and was very impressed with the actual results. I felt that I had enough muscle mass so I wanted to get leaner by hitting the cardio really hard.
Using Your Own Bodyweight For Cardio
The problem I ran into was the inability to use a treadmill or an exercise bike for cardio. I also couldn’t go outside for any kind of sprint work because it was way too cold outside. I knew I didn’t have much to work with so I did some research on the internet. I happened to stumble across a bodyweight routine that was specifically designed for an intense cardio workout. After only a few times of the bodyweight cardio, I was an instant believer. I saw a change in my body that I hadn’t seen in years. I really started to notice that both my arms and my abs were showing a lot more definition than ever before.
Bodyweight Cardio Is More Effective Than Traditional Cardio
The problem with traditional cardio is that it is long and boring and provides minimal results. With bodyweight cardio you can really mix and match different moves to keep your workouts intense, fresh, and new. Here is the bodyweight cardio routine that I did to slim down in a very short time.
1) 60 jumping jacks
2) Walking lunges
3) Spiderman Push Ups
4) Spiderman Climbs
5) Squat holds for 45 secs(squat position with back pushing against a wall)
6) Planks (60 secs)
7) 5 Burpees
8) 25 High Knees
Note: Once you have completed each exercise without stopping, only then take a 1 minute break. Then complete the whole routine 2 more times in the same fashion. You should be pretty gassed after this. If you still feel like you have a bit more energy, I would recommend another 15-20 minutes of high intensity interval training for even more fat burning. By only doing this type of workout a few times a week. You should have a better looking body faster than what you have ever thought possible.
Bodyweight Cardio Is An Excellent Plateau-Busting Workout
If you have been working out for any length of time you may succumb to a plateau. You feel like your body hasn’t made any noticeable changes. I have found that bodyweight cardio has really helped me drop some extra pounds any time I felt stuck in a fat burning plateau. It’s also a great tool to have if you are stuck in hotels because you don’t need a whole lot of room. So no matter where you are at, use your own bodyweight for some powerful cardio training.