Posted on December 22 2018


   For today’s topic of discussion… cardio. That short, six-letter word; C-A-R-D-I-O. I want to clear up any misconceptions you may have heard about doing cardio alongside answering a few frequently asked questions about cardio and give you some tips and advice when it comes to cardio. So first, let's discuss what cardio is; by common knowledge I know that cardio is anything that elevates your heart rate. That being said, walking can be cardio, running can be cardio, jogging can be cardio, swimming can be cardio, rowing can be cardio, mowing the lawn could be cardio, jumping could be cardio, etc.

“Should I do cardio?”

    Now the burning question that I receive often is, “Austin, should I do cardio?”. In my opinion, I'm going to let this out right now and say; in my opinion, I feel like everybody should be doing cardio in some form or fashion. So yes, even if you're trying to gain weight, at least once or twice a week you should be doing some form of cardio to get your heart elevated. The reason I say this is because a lot of people focus on how their body looks, but they forget about what's on the inside. Guys, we still have our heart, we still have our lungs, they need to function properly. You can look all aesthetic as you want to, but if you can't run a mile without getting tired or breathing heavy, or even stopping, for God's sake, then you need to be working on your cardio. That goes whether or not you're skinny, overweight, doesn't matter. Even if you're muscular like me, I'm still doing cardio.

“Do you do cardio?”

    As I previously stated, yes, I do ... do cardio. Now, don't get me wrong, I definitely don’t love cardio. I absolutely hate it. However, it's the forms of cardio that I hate. I don't like running, I don't know why I just don't like running. Walking is super boring. I was doing rowing for some time, but rowing, I don't know, I just kinda got dizzy when I got off. And God forbid, the treadmill, let me not even talk about that. But there is one form of cardio that I haven't discussed yet that I absolutely love and do on a daily basis and that is jump rope.

“Why do you like to jump rope over running?”

    It's because it's fun, it's super effective when it comes to burning calories; studies have shown that jump roping can burn twice as many calories as running, jogging, and if you do it in a hit-style format, (which means high-intensity interval training), then you're getting even more bang for your buck and you're having fun with it. So you can do a lot of freestyle moves with jump ropes, you can do double unders which are really, really fun ... And just in general you can be creative with jump roping. Running, you're just stuck going in one motion, it's quite boring. If you hate running like myself and aren’t the best at jump rope, then I highly recommend you watch my HOW TO: Jump Rope like a Pro! Beginner Tutorial video.


So, guys, that is my two-sense on cardio, how I do it, why I do it, oh and if you didn't know we are giving away FREE jump ropes! Don't miss this deal! :)


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