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Cardio At The Gym

Gym Cardio Exercises

Don’t get stuck in a cardio rut! Slow and steady jogging on the treadmill may not be the most effective way to burn fat and get lean. But cardio exercise can be effective when done correctly. Try these gym cardio exercises to change things up at your next gym session.

Agility Ladder Training

If your gym has an agility ladder, use it! You’ll also see the agility ladder in my outdoor workout. An agility ladder one of the best gym cardio exercises for improving agility and endurance. It enhances balance, coordination and cognitive function too, and if it’s something you’re not used to, it’s a great way to change up your usual cardio routine! You can use it for your warm up or incorporate it into your cardio routine.

Box Jumps

A great form of plyometric training and one of my favourite gym cardio exercises. Try varying the height of your box jumps and alternating box jumps (jumping from various high risers of different heights). To ramp it up, do some jump rope in between your box jump sets!

Jump Rope

Jump rope is another of my favourite gym cardio exercises. Change between double jumps, crossing arms, and other tricks. 20 minutes of jump roping is a great one to add to your usual gym cardio exercises. It will definitely help to intensify your usual cardio routine.

Hill Sprints

You may already know that I’m a big fan of outdoor hill sprints. If you’re in the gym, use the incline setting on the treadmill to add some hill sprints to your usual gym cardio exercises. Start with a 15-20% incline and sprint as fast as you can go (set the speed accordingly) for 30 seconds. Try 10 reps to start with and increase gradually.

Heavy Ropes

Using the heavy ropes at the gym is a great form of HIIT and is another of my favourite gym cardio exercises. Squat and keep your form, and make it intense. Alternate the ropes as fast and as hard as you can. You can also do circular motions, outwards and inwards. Try also ‘rippling’ the ropes together at the same time.

If you’re a complete rope novice and find it too intense, try using just one rope. But be sure to keep the movement fast and intense – it shouldn’t be easy!

Prefer to get some fresh air and work out outdoors? See my effective outdoor cardio workout for the fun and fat-busting cardio exercises I like to do outside!

Bethan G. Trueman is the Co-Founder and Dance Director of MADE Dance. She is also Co-Founder and Director of Trueman Enterprise Group, MADE's parent company. Bethan's had a varied dance career working with some leading industry names. She now enjoys running MADE Dance and sharing her experiences, workouts and healthy recipes on the blog.
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