Fit2B Pumping: Cardio Workouts

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Ok, so some of these cardio workouts include weights and some don’t, but my little pun about pumping was really meant to reference the heart. Cardio exercise is crucial to help keep our hearts strong as well as regulate our metabolisms. Now, I’ve never thought that cardio alone is a good exercise plan. I know some people will disagree with that. But it is an important element. Fit2B Studio provides a wide selection of cardio activities in various lengths. I do use the all year round, but it is especially handy during rainy and cold weather when getting outside to walk or run is difficult. In my case, it’s great because I can’t just leave my kids to go for a run whenever I like. So for the next two weeks I’ll be reviewing the Cardio Path on Fit2B Studio. Let me just give this disclaimer, these are not the only workouts on the website that qualify as cardio, just the ones Bethany chose to highlight in this path. In fact there are a couple of workouts that I love (such as Tabata Kick and Squat) that should really be on this list.

So pick up the pace this week and try a couple of these heart pumping workouts.

Basic Aerobics I & II

Basic Aerobics II is a favorite go-to cardio of mine. It won’t take the place of a run or a full dance class, but it is great to tack onto another workout when I want an extra cardio element. I like this one for my non-cardio focused days, just to kick things up a notch. I know that the sound is off but I still love the original Basic Aerobics that was filmed outside. I wish that Fit2B had more outside workouts. I can’t often get outside myself, so I enjoy the change of setting. Basic Aerobics II is also nice, and just as good a workout as the first but filmed indoors and a little longer.

 

Basic Aerobics III

Yeah! A fun new aerobics workout. Some new choreography and a new setting, but still a short, sweet and effective workout.  This is probably my favorite of the three and the one that I reach for most when I want some quick cardio.

 

Insane Upper Body
This is a great upper body workout. I mentioned that when I reviewed the Pathway to Amazing Arms. That being said, it doesn’t entirely succeed as a cardio routine. I don’t think I would use this alone and call it cardio. Yes, it does get you warm, but it didn’t get my heart rate up as much as I thought it should.

 

Insane II

So not insane but still pretty tough. I’m grateful it wasn’t longer. It made me feel how far I’ve come and yet how far I have to go. I really had concentrate on keeping my core engaged, whereas it comes more easily in the simpler workouts. I found myself doing the easier modification of almost everything, but I think I’m OK with that. Definitely a challenging workout. Don’t even consider it until you’ve gotten through Fit2 Beginning and most of Fit2B Advancing.

 

Functional Workout I

I know this workout was labeled as cardio, but to be honest, I didn’t find it all that cardio. As I’m preparing to consider training for another 5K or possibly a 10 K race, I find myself looking for cardio routines that will substitute for them when I can’t or don’t feel like running. This isn’t that workout. However, it is a decent, balanced workout. It incorporates weights similarly to Yoga and Pilates Loaded or Pilates in Pajamas II, so it ramps up the intensity without technically being an arm workout. Still a good workout, but in my opinion not really cardio.

 

Stay tuned next week for Part 2 of the Fit2B Cardio workouts.

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