There are lots of tough lung-busting routines out there. But if you’re looking for the craziest cardio workout ever, it’s right here. Brought to you by Best Buy, this workout is brutal. It’s intense. And it’s absolutely insane.
So what makes it crazier than any other fast-paced, lung-busting routine you’ve done?
With each work set, you should try to reach 80% or more of your max heart rate. This type of anaerobic intensity crushes calories and creates an oxygen debt that boosts your post-workout metabolism. The result is an afterburn that melts fat for hours after you’re finished. (Check out the Jawbone UP2 Wristband to get an overall picture of your fitness level.)
Plus, doing round after round of this workout—5 total cycles—results in a cumulative fatigue that ensures your heart rate never falls below 120 beats per minute. (If it does fall lower than that, you’re not working hard enough.)
There’s also some awesome training tools in the mix. Each one will be used at different speeds and work your body in a variety of ways to keep the overall workout intensity super high.
The faster movements will train power, bumping up your heart rate even more. The slower movements, on the other hand, will build systematic strength and deliver more time under tension for your working muscles.
And while every exercise involves your whole body, each one targets a specific muscle group more than any other area. For example, battle rope waves and farmer’s walks will be more upper-body intensive than sled pushes and skater jumps.
Thanks to the variety and difficulty, time will fly and you’ll have fun, too. Well, as much fun as you can have while kicking your own ass.
How it works
Finish all 6 exercises to complete one round. Do 5 rounds total.
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1. Sled push, 20 to 25 yards 2, Kettlebell swing, 10 reps 3. Skater jump, 20 seconds 4. Battle rope wave, 20 seconds 5. Sumo burpee, 10 reps 6. Dumbbell farmer’s walk, 20 to 25 yards