The best cardio workouts for optimum fitness have to have a strength component to them. You see cardio is not only “aerobic” in nature it can also be anaerobic. This anaerobic style of cardio means “without oxygen.” This means that when you perform an anaerobic exercise it is usually more intense and yields a high level of physical exertion which causes an oxygen deficiency after the bout of exercise is either slowed down or stopped. This deficiency is made up by your respiratory system in the less intense recovery phase of the bout you just performed. This is why cardio strength training is so effective!

Intense Cardio Exercises For You!

1. The Squat Thrust Calisthenic: The squat thrust calisthenic is a particular cardio strength training drill that I happened to be very partial to utilizing with both my fitness junkies and athletes. First of all, a calisthenic is defined as a total body exercise that is performed in a rhythmic and systematic manner in order to promote muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance, and total mobility.

The squat thrust is executed in 3 steps. To begin, stand with your feet at shoulder width distance apart in length. From here the first step is to crouch down and place your hands on the ground in front of you. The second step involves you kicking your legs straight back behind you in one burst movement in order to extend your body into an upright push up position. Finally, the third and final phase of the drill is completed by you kicking your legs back up underneath your body in order for you to plant your feet and stand up. All of this constituents a single repetition. This is intense cardio strength training at it's best.

2. Kettlebell Jerks For Time: If you are familiar with kettlebells by now then you know exactly what I mean when I say “cardio strength training.” This style of lifting is both oriented and very beneficial in helping you to develop a significant level of cardiovascular fitness. Executing jerks for time is just the kettlebell lift you need to torch the body fat.

You see the jerk lift is performed in a specific way. First of all, you must have some experience with handling the kettlebell with some level of comfort before attempting this lift, much less trying it for a bout of time. To begin you must properly clean and rack the kettlebell to your chest. Once the bell is secure you are then going to start the jerk press by executing a knee dip which involves you bending at your knees first and rolling your body weight up onto the balls of your feet. As you start to roll up onto the balls of your feet allow the upward momentum to start assisting in the vertical pushing of the kettlebell overhead.

As the bell is moving up push the bell away from your body by quickly planting your heels right back into the ground leaving your hips flexed with your body underneath the weight. From here just simply stand up to finish out the lift. As soon as you have executed this rep then simply drop the bell back into the rack position to start the process all over again. Holding the bell at the rack will allow you to rest and “calm” your senses so that you can continue to perform rep after rep with the jerks for a bout of minutes rather than set numbered reps! This is one serious intension cardio routine my friend.

If you have not already started to implement the squat thrusts and kettlebell jerks into your fitness equation then you are missing out. Take the time to learn more by accessing more of my articles on the matter for free. Remember that most anyone can train hard, but only the best train smart in order to torch the fat!