No exercise regime is complete without cardio. Whether you want to lose weight, increase strength or just improve your overall wellbeing, cardio is essential to your success.
Most health experts recommend you complete 150 minutes of cardio exercise during your weekly routine. To increase weight loss, you may need to either increase the amount of time you spend on cardio per week, or look at incorporating some high intensity cardio work into your regime, to get the best results.
We often hear “no time” pop up as a reason why people don’t get enough cardio in each week. We understand for a lot of busy people, time can be a really limiting factor, which is where HIIT workouts (High Intensity Interval Training) can help to get cardio results, in a shorter period of time.
HIIT Workouts focus on interval training exercises which alternate between intense bursts of activity and low-intensity for 10 – 20 minutes. HIIT is ideal for those who are time poor and want to maximise their workout. There are some great 20 minute HIIT workout programs which can be performed in your own home using specialised cardio machines, which don’t allow you to “cheat” during your workout, meaning you get the most out of your cardio time (and no need to visit a gym)!
Cardio Doesn’t Have to Be Boring
Traditionally when we think of cardio, it’s an hour on the treadmill, or another form of ‘slow and steady’ exercise. However, in reality, cardio is any exercise that raises your heart rate, and improves your cardiovascular, respiratory and muscular systems.
The aim of cardio is to challenge your heart and lungs, to improve their overall function, leading to improved wellbeing. So rather than sticking to the traditional forms of cardio, get creative and start challenging your body with some high intensity cardio alternatives.
Best Cardio Machines to Achieve Fast Results
The best kind of cardio exercises are compound exercises, which involve multiple joints and more than one muscle group. With any cardio, you also want to ensure it won’t cost you any muscle gains. Specialised cardio machines can help you target these areas efficiently, to save you time, while ensuring you don’t lose any hard-earned muscle in the process.
So, what are the best cardio machines for a full body workout, to get results FAST? We spoke to some leading Perth Personal Trainers, and these are their top picks for best cardio equipment:
Air bikes are a great option for HIIT Workouts, as the air resistance scales with how hard you train, so the harder you pedal, the greater the resistance. This bike is the ultimate for users looking to be pushed to the absolute limit because it engages you arms as well by pushing and pulling the handles you’ll be done in less than 12 minutes!
The air bike is also a great option for rehabilitation or for those with other injuries, as they allow you to exercise safely with low impact.
Orbit Recommends: Check out the Ergo AirForce 300 Pro Air Bike, which comes with 6 pre-set programs ideal for Interval Training.
Great for weight loss, toning and building muscles, this machine is a fitness game changer. Rowing Machines give you an all over body workout, with the movement driving off your legs, and forcing your body to support your core with the grip and pull. They are also great for increasing stamina and can be used for all fitness levels. The air resistance system allows for a balanced and coordinated workout.
Orbit Recommends: The ERGO6.0 Self Generating Air Rower, which delivers a super effective, low impact, cardio and total body workout.
A Ski Exercise Machine? YES! Get your practise for the slopes in, while also getting a total body workout.
Similar to the rowing machine, you can’t cheat with a Ski Erg, as there is no option to ‘let go’ of the machine, meaning you have to power with both your legs and upper body at all times.
Skiing is a low impact; high calorie burning exercise and can be tailored to suit people of all fitness levels.
The SkiErg can be adjusted with varied levels of air resistance which responds to your pull effort, so the user is in full control of their exertion and resistance.
Orbit Recommends: Get your ski on with the ErgoSki 3.0 Self Generating Ski Machine, which lets you develop strength and endurance, work the legs and improve your core and upper body.
Benefits of the Airforce Pro Series Trio
The new Airforce Pro Series machines are the best way to get your cardio done – FAST. These three machines focus on building power and strength whilst burning serious calories in minimal time. They include up to 8 pre-set HIIT programs to maximise your cardio and can take as little as 12 minutes! These machines are also self-generating, which means they run themselves, no need for power cords ao you can move them around to use anywhere. The best part is these are commercial grade pieces of equipment for a residential price.
Speak to a Cardio Machine Expert Today
Orbit Fitness are experts in home fitness machines, to help you reach your health goals. We will spend the time with you to discuss your requirements, and help you select the right equipment, to achieve your fitness goals. Browse our fitness products online, or Visit one of our 7 Perth Superstores, to speak to an expert today.