Joint-Friendly Cardio AKA Big Man Cardio…
Posted on October 7th, 2021 to Barefoot Training
Running is one of the best forms of cardiovascular exercise, but it’s not for everyone (myself included). This is one of the reasons why there are many different pieces of cardio equipment at the gym. From ergs to stair climbers and everything in between, it is clear that people are on the hunt for a heart pumping and sweat inducing workout.
What if there was a way to get an amazing cardio workout in without the unwanted joint pain? Well, have you heard of “Big Man Cardio aka joint-friendly cardio. One thing I must make clear is that “Big Man” does not simply imply overweight, but can also mean you have more than the average amount of muscle mass or you are big boned like Cartman. These two types of cardio are not explicitly for big men either, but rather for anyone who experiences pain while running, doesn’t enjoy running, or wants to switch things up.
Here are two of my favorite low impact cardio options:
#1 – HICT Training – High Intensity Continuous Training. These involve setting the clock for a desired amount of time and doing continuous reps until the clock stops. Here is a box jump variation from BJ Gaddour.
Box Jump To Alternating Step-Down
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# 2 – Weighted Walking – Grab a backpack, load it up, and start walking. Start with what you would consider an easy and attainable distance. Aim to increase the distance each week.