What are your favorite cardiovascular workouts for at home exercise? I won’t see my girlfriend for 1 1/2 months and she needs some workouts to maintain her progress. Indoor workouts are a must because she lives in Iowa and winter is here! She will also be doing some basic movement training with light loads once or twice a week(squat, lunge, push,pull,rotation, balance). She has been training for 6 weeks @ 2 sessions per week. I want something fun or simple that will get her heart rate up. Can you think of anything other than walking and dancing? Thank you for your thoughts.
I like Shawn’s idea and you will defintely get some great ideas from Coach Dos Remidos’s book.
I personally LOVE metabolic circuits and you can custom make all kinds of circuits.
Check out Workoutmuse.com on YouTube which has an example of such workouts (20/10’s, 30/30’s, 50/15’s etc)
Here is a Cardio/Core 30/30 workout
My Done In One workout video is a GREAT cardio workout! You’ll also strengthen your back, chest, core and legs. All you need is one set of dumbbells and some space. You can see a clip of it on my site here. There are easier modifications you can do as shown by a girl who was pregnant when we shot the video.
I’m actually partial to doing aerobic exercise in cold weather. (Specifically running or jogging). I like the kettlebell idea. David Jack, CSCS, demonstrates a great kettlebell swing here: http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/training-day/201108/lose-fat-2-exercises along with a great squat thrust exercise. You might also consider this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkD9LwDBWW0&feature=related. I think these two guys do a good job of keeping it simple and effective for clients that are more advanced. I think you’ll find the two links to be somewhat similar. I like these exercises because they can kick your butt fairly quickly. Yes, these exercises are done by men, however, I see no reason that your girlfriend wouldn’t like them considering the information you’ve provided about her. You don’t need too much room to do these exercises either. Other than that, the above suggestions are all great!
I’m confident that you’ll come up with a great workout for her. =)