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Get It Up, Your Heart Rate That Is: Squat Intervals on the Elliptical

Instead of just going along steadily on the elliptical workout, add squat intervals to your cardio to really give your legs a workout. Here's how:

  • Hop on the elliptical and warm-up for five minutes.
  • Start pedaling backwards.
  • Keeping your back straight and shoulders square, slowly let go of the hand rails.
  • Once you feel comfortable, sink into a partial squat (not a full squat, just about three-fourths of the way down) while continuing to pedal. You'll know you're doing it because your thighs should really start burning.
  • Try and hold the squat for 20-30 seconds. Work your way up to 60 seconds.
  • Now pedal normally for a three minutes and repeat the squat intervals throughout your entire workout.

Fit's Tip: If you find yourself losing balance, you can lightly hold on. Just remember: The more you use your arms to hold on, the less of a workout you're getting.


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