The Lung-Busting Cardio Drill That Won't Hurt Your Ankles, Hips, or Knees

Dec 12 / Build Muscle

Your feet don't have to leave to floor to get a good cardio workout. "Too many people skip cardio because they have joint problems," says BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S., creator of musclemorphosis.com DVD. "But running, jumping, and bounding aren't the only ways to skyrocket your heart rate and burn fat."  Take the low-impact speed skater slide, for instance. It's stationary, so there is no impact on your ankles, hips, and knees, but it hits the same big metabolism-revving leg muscles—your glutes, hamstrings, and quads—that speed skating does. And the faster you go, the harder your heart and lungs ha...

Your feet don't have to leave to floor to get a good cardio workout. "Too many people skip cardio because they have joint problems," says BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S., creator of musclemorphosis.com DVD. "But running, jumping, and bounding aren't the only ways to skyrocket your heart rate and burn fat." 

Take the low-impact speed skater slide, for instance. It's stationary, so there is no impact on your ankles, hips, and knees, but it hits the same big metabolism-revving leg muscles—your glutes, hamstrings, and quads—that speed skating does. And the faster you go, the harder your heart and lungs have to work. "It's an amazing aerobic exercise that won't put you at risk of injury," says Gaddour. Want to give it a shot? Watch the video to learn how to perform the move with perfect form. Then try ripping out as many lung-busting reps as you can in 30 seconds.