3 Ways To Become Fitter Faster
Cardio is not my thing. Never has been never will be. When I first started at the gym, I thought that you needed to spend hours on the treadmill to become “fit”. I was wrong. I have since found out how to become fitter faster without all the boring cardio. Rather than spending 30 minutes running on the treadmill, I incorporate these 3 cardio hacks into my routine when I want to increase my fitness and get better results.
Just to clarify, when I talk about getting fitter faster, I am talking about cardiovascular endurance. As in being able to run for a few minutes without running out of breath. Looking fit is a whole other ball game. Looking fit can mean a lot of different things to different people, and although there are soooooo many ways train to look fit, I prefer weight training for reaching that goal. But, let’s get into the cardio hacks!
Cardio hack #1: Spend less time on the treadmill
If you’re insistent on using the treadmill, or even if you’re not, try HIIT. High-intensity interval training is a great way to increase fitness and burn fat. Your body isn’t able to adjust to the intensity levels of the workout and therefore requires more oxygen post-workout, burning more fat. HIIT is also, as the name suggests, super intense. You’ll be a hot, sweaty mess and very out of breath but your fitness level will increase dramatically.
The intensity of this style of workout will mean you’ll need to work out for less time but you’ll achieve a better result. It sounds too good to be true, I know. The “catch” here is that when you’re on, you need to be ON. You need to be going full out, using all the energy you have for each interval of work. If you plan on taking it easy, well… You might as well just do normal cardio then.
Jump onto a treadmill or rower. Grab a skipping rope or even the battle ropes. Set a timer for 30 seconds on/fast and 10 seconds rest/slow. Complete about 8-12 rounds of t his.
This is the timer app I use and how I set it up. You can do any time interval you want to do. I recommend starting with a pretty even work to rest period and go from there. The app will tell you when you work and when to rest, plus it’s super loud which always helps!
Cardio hack #2: Let’s get outside!
This one is a great way to become fitter faster if you love training outdoors. Find a set of stairs, there needs to be quite a lot, or alternatively a steep hill. You want to run up the stairs or the hills fast as you can and go slow on the way down. Repeat at least 8-10 rounds of this with minimal rest breaks.
Similarly to HIIT, this will get you very sweaty and out of breath, meaning you’ll get fit pretty fast and burn a lot of fat in the process. Again you need to be going flat out on the sprints. A lot of energy is required to get yourself up those hills. You’ll struggle at first, probably for a while, but if you continue doing this you get fit way faster than you think.
Cardio hack #3: For ma girls who love their weights!
Some of you are deadset on the weights and honestly, so am I. If you love the weights as much as I do and really can’t be bothered with cardio (aka my twin because I 100% feel ya girl), then meet HIIT’s sister, HIRT.
High-intensity resistance training is similar to HIIT in that you work in intervals but you get to do it with weights! Select 6-10 different exercises and grab some lighter weights. Work for 45 seconds, rest for 15 seconds and repeat until you’ve done around 30 minutes. You can even throw in one or two cardio movements. You’ll want to use lighter weights than you do in your strength training because you’re aiming for as many reps as possible within the interval.
This style of working out is best done with compound movements. I love adding squat thrusters, kettlebell swings, weighted squat jumps, renegade rows and exercises using a lot of different muscle groups. I also usually add in a few cardio moves such as burpees, battle ropes, skipping and such.
Like HIIT, HIRT will help you lose fat faster and become fitter faster without you having to do any actual cardio. If you’re lost on workout ideas, download my HIRT workout below.
As you’ll see, the workout linked above combines weighted and body weight exercises. You complete an exercise for 45 seconds, take 15 seconds rest, and then complete the exercise it is superset with. Once you’ve completed each superset 3 times, you move on to the next set of exercises.
Become fitter faster without having to do any traditional steady state cardio. What could be better than that?! If you have any exercises you love doing, please feel free to share them in the comments section!