Workout Tips

5 Ways to Get More Out of Your Cardio Routine

Cardio sucks. But it’ll suck a lot less when you build in these quick-hit strategies and start seeing results faster.

5 Ways to Get More Out of Your Cardio Routine

4. Use a Stopwatch

“In order to prevent muscle catabolism, I only do HIIT cardio, primarily running stairs. My secret to getting the most out of my HIIT training, however, is to always use a stopwatch to time every sprint and then time my rest periods. I want the 10th sprint to be as fast as the first and I want to gradually, over the course of weeks and months, reduce my rest time between sprints. The stopwatch keeps me honest.”

Stan “Rhino” Efferding is an IFBB Professional Bodybuilder and World Record powerlifter. For more with Stan, you can visit his web page at

5. Train with Purpose

“I think that people need to set new goals and vary their cardio more. What I mean by this is that some people just jump on a machine and go for a certain distance or time – every time. Instead, measure how long you are at a certain heart rate, or how often you are doing intervals or HIIT training as compared to steady-state. Just haphazardly doing your cardio will lead to haphazard results. Set new goals every four weeks to continue to losing fat and improving conditioning.”