World's Fastest Cardio Workout

We've heard time and time again that we need to work out for 30-60 minutes a day 3-5 times a week to stay healthy. What we fail to realize is that although this does work, there is an easier way to get your work out done in a fraction of the time. Instead of working out moderately for a longer period of time, you can work out at a high intensity for 5 minutes or so and be done for the day. It sounds too good to be true, but it's not. There are four exercises listed below, which if done as prescribed, can give you an amazing cardio workout in the same time it would take you to go to the bathroom.

Complete one set of each exercise in the corresponding order, then begin again. Do as many rounds as you can in 5 minutes.

  • 1 Stair Climbing or Sprints
    • Stair climbing means you go up and down stairs as fast as you can. Do for 15 seconds, then rest for 15 seconds.
    • Sprints means you run as fast as you can. You can do this in place if you need to.
    • Do for 15 seconds, then rest for 15 seconds.
    2 Jump Squats with Dumbbell
    • Stand with a pair of dumbbells in your hands, hanging to the sides of your body, palms facing in. Bend your knees getting ready to jump.
    • Jump up as fast and high as you can, keeping the dumbbells on your sides, arms straight. Land, bend your knees and repeat again.
    • Do for 15 seconds, then rest for 15 seconds.
    3 Dumbbell Chops
    • Hold a dumbbell with both hands above your left shoulder. Your right arm should be straight, and stretched in front of your chin. Your feet should be shoulder width apart.
    • In one motion, move the dumbbell to the outside of your right knee while bending at your waste. Move the dumbbell to starting position and repeat.
    • Start with the dumbbell over your right shoulder and complete the other side.
    • Do this on one side for 15 seconds, rest for 15 seconds, then do the other side for 15 seconds.
    4 One Arm Dumbbell Swing
    • Hold a dumbbell with an overhand grip in front of your waist, with arm straightened. Legs should be about twice the width of your shoulders.
    • Bend down until your back forms a 45 degree angle while swinging the dumbbell between your legs.
    • Swing the dumbbell back up until it's straight out, while thrusting your hips forward. Return to your starting position and repeat.
    • Do this for 15 seconds with one hand, switch hands and repeat on the other side.

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