We get it. For some people, the treadmill is the Bounty in the gym equipment selection box. Whether it’s the monotony of the movement, the annoying sound of the belt or that funny feeling you get in your knees, the sight of the treadmill alone is enough to put you off cardio. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There’s plenty of equipment you can use to get your heart up without stepping foot on the belt.
The Assault Bike
Anyone who has spent more than 30 seconds on an Assault bike knows that it’s a killer. Working your legs and your arms as well as your core, the bike uses a large fan to create air resistance. The harder you pedal, the greater the resistance gets. There’s no time to get bored with a session on here. Aim for an interval workout of 60 seconds on and 30 seconds off.
A simple bit of equipment that requires a big bit of effort. With a rope in each hands, create alternating waves and engage your back, arms, abs and your glutes. Combine with some squat jumps, high knees and walking lunges and you’ve got yourself a full body blast.
Often called an upright rowing machine, the SkiErg is a relatively new piece of gym equipment that emulates the movements you do when skiing. It’s low impact but very high intensity and involves all the major muscle groups in your upper body. Great for when you’re giving your legs a rest.
The Stair Master
It may seem retro and the most boring exercise you could possibly do, but there are a load of variations to do on the stair master which can give you a lower body burn minus the boredom. As you climb, introduce variations like double steps, step and lifting your knee, or step and kick back. Your glutes won’t know what hit them.
The Rowing Machine
Rising in popularity, the rowing machine is hailed for using 84% of the total muscles in your body. Distance sprints or just straight out rowing, this machine is guaranteed to get your heart rate up and uses a full range of motion without any impact on the joints.