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Bored of Steady State Cardio? Try this Dumbbell Conditioning Workout Instead

If you're looking for a new and time efficient workout to improve your cardiovascular system, then this post is for you!

I wanted to mix up my heart health/ cardio session this week by using low reps and short rest intervals instead of steady state cardio ... I also took advantage of the cold weather to make sure the rest periods were in fact short :)

I’m a firm believer that consistency is the most important variable in achieving and maintaining long term health and fitness. Bellow are some of the tactics I personally use to make sure my workouts keep interesting and ultimately stay consistent.

-Try new types of exercises/workouts/exercise equipment

-Use micro workouts during busier times

-Change up the rep ranges, rest intervals, and even environments and weather conditions.

I love Db complex’s for achieving nearly all of the above, give it a try, all you need is one set of dumbbells! This routine is especially useful during periods of travel as most hotel gyms have sets of dumbbells.

I did the following with just 2 reps each exercise, but it depends on the weights you select. 5 reps each with a lighter weight will also do the trick!

Reverse lunges


High pulls (or bent over rows)


Overhead press

Bent over rows

Hammer curls

5 sets 60 seconds rest

Thanks for reading and I hope you found these workout suggestions useful! Please reach out with any questions or comments and let us know how your exercise routine is going!

You can also book in for a free consultation and assessment to set up a personalized plan to get fit without burning out! I specialize in helping busy professionals in the st. Lawrence Market, Distillery district, and Corktown neighbourhoods of Toronto. I also offer online coaching and virtual sessions for those outside the downtown Toronto area.


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