Reach Peak Fitness With The Ultimate Morning Cardio Contest
If a cup of coffee is your saviour every morning when it comes to harnessing some semblance of energy, then it may be time to change your daily habit for something a little smarter. Researchers at the University of Georgia have found that by walking up and down stairs for 10 minutes, you can boost your energy more than caffeine.
However, the solution can be found at your gym, with perhaps the most undervalued bit of kit gathering dust. Ditch that dreary cup of joe for the Versa Climber - a powerful, full-body tool that will ramp-up your metabolism for an all-day burn. Clamber on to test your endurance while torching fat and launch your energy levels into the stratosphere, better than any lunchtime stair work.
(Related: scale up your fitness with climbing)
1. Work one side of your body at a time, pulling with your arm and pushing with your leg in short, sharp reps. You’ll be working in intervals, starting with a sprint section (pick your splits from the timetable below). Keep your head steady – if the countdown clock is a blur, adjust your form.
2. By the time your first rest period clocks in, your leg muscles will be full of lactic acid and crying out for respite. Resist the urge to bail and keep moving, making each stride longer. Slowing your stroke rate willhelp you get a handle on your hammering heart, just in time for the next sprint.
3. Begin furiously pumping your arms and legs again for round two. Don’t allow your tired core to fold as you fatigue.Brace your absand keep your backside tucked to ensure your spine remains neutral, avoiding injury. The only searing pain should be in your leg muscles.
Gauge your fitness level by tackling these splits, then share your sweaty selfies with #MHGauntlet.
30s/60s, 6 rounds
Work for 30sec, rest for 60sec and repeat six times. You’ll climb 300ft while sprinting in this split – nearly the height of Big Ben. You’re on the climber for 9min, so pace yourself.
30s/30s, 6 rounds
By halving your rest times, this set of splits is shorter but sharper. The sprints alone will burn 70kcal with 3min of work. Which goes some way to explaining why it hurts so much.
30s/15s, 8 rounds
Force a smile. By cutting your rest periods and adding two rounds, you’ll have ramped up your fitness. VersaClimbers beat both treadmills and rowers for elevating stamina.
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