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Why Your Cardio Day Should Contain No Cardio

So today was cardio day for me, but instead of jumping on a treadmill, bike, or using a jump rope, I decided to do something, well, a little bit unorthodox: I just used the kettlebell... let me tell you how it went.

I started with a very simple warm up, consisting of boxer shuffle, dynamic stretching, and a little fancy footwork (no one can see how much you bench press when you take your lady to a dance club, sizzle chest, so your warmup's a great time to practice your sweet dance moves. Try it, you'll thank me )

Then I practiced the movement of a kettlebell swing with light weight.

Then I did 5 long sets of relatively heavy swings in very rapid succession. The end.

You see, your heart and lungs don't care if you're sprinting 200 meter repeats or picking up the tail end of a car: physical exertion causes them to do their thing more quickly.

Now I'm not saying you should never run again, jump rope, or test your aerobic threshold in some other way. These activities will undoubtedly help you become more coordinated and agile. What I'm saying is that there's more than one way to skin the cardio cat, and kettlebell training happens to be one of the best strength training systems out there to also engage your heart and lungs so deeply.

What do you do for cardio training? Have you tried kettlebell training on your cardio days? How do feel it stood up to spinning/running? Tell me in the comments below!

Stay Strong, Friends.

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