5 Dumbest Forms of Cardio (DON’T LOOK STUPID!)

5 Dumbest Forms of Cardio (DON’T LOOK STUPID!)

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Cardio is one of the most common things people train in the gym. That said, there are many dumb forms of cardio workouts that you should avoid if you not only want to see your best results but stay safe when doing it. In this video, I cover the 5 worst forms of cardio and show you how to make each of them better.

Battle ropes are a new way to get in your conditioning and cardiovascular training, but only if you do them right. They aren’t called battle ropes for no reason. If you want to get the most out of this workout tool you are going to have to go to battle with the ropes. In other words, you need to attack the workout with a super high intensity level. It is ok if you wind up cutting down the amount of time you spend swinging the ropes if the trade off is that you are working harder. Work harder for a shorter period of time and you will see more efficient results from your workouts.

Treadmills, bikes and ellipticals are three common forms of cardio that get used every single day in the gym. Their popularity should not be confused with them being the best thing you can do however. In fact, the postural mistakes that are not only encouraged but somehow possible on these machines makes them a very poor alternative to the equivalent activity that you could be doing outside. Not just that, but nobody would ever argue that walking on a stair climber is somehow harder than walking real flights of stairs. Get outside and away from the machines and you will see a more effective carryover in your training.

Tabata is also a very popular form of cardio. The problem here is twofold. The exercise selection for using your Tabata as well as the fact that you need to train at a much higher intensity during your interval is key to the success as it was originally designed. The Tabata interval is 20 seconds of activity followed by 10 seconds of rest. You repeat this for a total of 8 rounds or 4 minutes. The key however is that your high activity levels must be near your max heart rate. If you choose an exercise that is either too easy or takes too long to ramp up and down from, you will be costing yourself the major benefit of the cardio protocol.

The same can be said for poorly designed HIIT training. If your idea of HIIT is that you perform a max effort lift with a conditioning exercise interspersed, you are going to wind up either hurting yourself or at the very least getting submaximal results for both of the goals you are training for. Instead, focus either on strength training or cardio but don’t try to do both in the same workout. Again, this is a very popular way to train these days but popularity does not mean safe or beneficial.

Finally, jogging is a very common form of cardio. The issue with jogging is that it is smack dab in the middle of sprinting and walking, and often takes on the worst traits of each. If you are overweight and in need of a good cardio workout, a slow long duration walk would be good for keeping it easy on your joints while still allowing enough time to burn sufficient calories at a lower energy output. Sprinting is a bit harder on the joints but can really ramp up the effort and get you a better workout faster. Jogging has the impact of running but is usually not long enough to sustain the benefits of the walking.

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  1. xxXXAriXXxx on October 10, 2019 at 7:00 am

    This is conpletly true. So many people try to use tabata and do exersises that arent putting you on your peak max. But it’s HIIT :/

  2. Michael Schneider on October 10, 2019 at 7:01 am

    Isnt sprinting anaerobic? Cmon jeff cavaliere you disappoint me.
    Jogging is ok for cardio

  3. Sir Nicholas D on October 10, 2019 at 7:01 am

    Lmao, when the rock started thrashing berserk mode

  4. Zetsuke4 on October 10, 2019 at 7:01 am

    I love sprinting in the open

  5. Soul Assassin29 on October 10, 2019 at 7:03 am

    How do u run a mile

  6. Nazanin Heydarian on October 10, 2019 at 7:04 am

    Watching jessie battle the ropes reminds me of what I probably looked like when I tried those

  7. maGoH Labramonte on October 10, 2019 at 7:07 am

    I tried mixing calisthenics with tabata, it’s like putting chocolate on pizza.

  8. ar_ aktual on October 10, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Get a bicycle and hiit the road.

  9. Timothe Blaineau on October 10, 2019 at 7:08 am

    I can’t swing the ropes. It’s too heavy ._. but I like to sprint so I guess it’s ok

  10. Zetsuke4 on October 10, 2019 at 7:11 am

    Nice running form jeff

  11. Nick D'Ambrosio on October 10, 2019 at 7:12 am

    I smell bull shit on this video

  12. ąղժɾҽա ҍɾąժӀҽվ on October 10, 2019 at 7:13 am

    No offense but his friend is so small tho

  13. Mister Nasty on October 10, 2019 at 7:14 am

    Just saw this for the first time but this Jesse dudes deads are crap. His knees are bent forward and he is moving the bar around them. Deadlifts travel straight up and down. Hey Jeff tell your boy he will smash into his kneecaps when he starts going heavy. Cheers. Love your channel…

  14. Jake West on October 10, 2019 at 7:14 am

    As someone with bad knees I have to disagree…sprinting puts ALOT more stress and impact on the joints compared to jogging. ALOT.

  15. David Chavez on October 10, 2019 at 7:17 am

    I think that if your pretty fit, You should be running at least 7-8 minute per mile pace when running.

  16. Zetsuke4 on October 10, 2019 at 7:18 am

    It’s funny to realize that Jeff was reacting to air before the video of Jessie was edited on top LOL

  17. Jake Hathaway on October 10, 2019 at 7:19 am


  18. waalex11 on October 10, 2019 at 7:19 am

    I’m confused.

  19. afvgdsf geee on October 10, 2019 at 7:21 am

    Question, is wood chopping or tyre hitting considered a form of cardio?

  20. Really Random on October 10, 2019 at 7:25 am

    I can barely run 2 km on treadmill. I can run 5km in 15mins.

  21. daveslow84 on October 10, 2019 at 7:27 am

    Jesse… Y u do dis? Pls stahp 😢

  22. Marky Mark on October 10, 2019 at 7:27 am

    My only source of cardio is lifting weights….. but faster lmao

  23. Mister Hand on October 10, 2019 at 7:28 am

    Jazzercise in Dolphin shorts like papa Simmons.

  24. Sam Crabtree’s on October 10, 2019 at 7:28 am


  25. FromBeToReality on October 10, 2019 at 7:30 am

    THUMBS UP!!!!
    then watch!!!

    damn! the rock was working out some frustration with those ropes!!!

    and i don’t believe how edutaining mister ax is!! I FRICKIN’ LOVE THIS CHANNEL!!!

  26. Ronald Andrews on October 10, 2019 at 7:33 am

    If u work your butt off you can imitate what you do outside.I did!!!Ran the the same times.Did so good on treadmill.I was asked to do marathon training with supervisor.In fact did better than her.I could start the treadmill on 9miles per hour.Finished at 15 per hour I would run 12 2 miles

  27. The Raging Platypus on October 10, 2019 at 7:35 am

    I use an exercise bike a lot because I live in Germany and the weather sucks and I just am not getting out there in freezing cold rain and biking. I don’t jog for my knees, plus I exercise a lot at night when it’s not a good idea to be biking around.

    Sure, on nice days, it’s great to get out on my bike but the stationary bike affords me the opportunity to exercise whenever I want. I crank up the tunes and engage my arms too. I used to lime my nordic trak because it required coordination but the bike works.

    Indoors, I also bongo board, lift, do calisthenics and balance work. I think it can be valid as part of a plan.

  28. Sisyphus J on October 10, 2019 at 7:37 am

    Strength and muscle building – Jeff is my go to but he’s not a runner and obviously doesn’t appreciate that you can run wrong just as you can train weights wrong. The impact of running when, done right, is healthy for your joints, nutrition is supplied via synovial fluid, the delivery of which comes from movement and impact. Weights help with bone density but so does running. We are literally built to run down and over heat prey so the idea that running is bad for you is nonsense. Running is the foundation of so many people’s fitness. Training martial arts, boxing etc is great cardio but a 5 to 10 mile run cannot compare, I can out run and out perform (in terms of endurance and not gassing out) anyone I train with that doesn’t run. Weight training is not the same cardio wise at all, it’s easy to do short bursts but consistent cardio for 90mins (eg an 8min 30 sec mile or quicker/ a lot of hill sprints) is just not comparable.

  29. iLindus on October 10, 2019 at 7:37 am

    isn’t the only problem with crossfit that most people ain’t doing it with proper form? it basically just means you are mixing up your training

  30. John Gutierrez on October 10, 2019 at 7:39 am


  31. Kris Poorman on October 10, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Do blast beats on drums

  32. RawNerve on October 10, 2019 at 7:41 am

    You kind of covered this but what about cardio acceleration? If I am resting 3 minutes between sets of heavy deadlifts, is a minute of HIIT in that 3 minute window really a negative?

  33. Andrew Martin on October 10, 2019 at 7:43 am

    … yeah but why is distance running bad? I’ve rarely seen a fat marathon runner

  34. AMV;S AND STUFF on October 10, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Intro lmfao 😂😂

  35. Happylluk on October 10, 2019 at 7:44 am

    And if we just like to run…. We look stupid…. ?

  36. Tinormous -road2gains on October 10, 2019 at 7:44 am

    The only channel that I subscribe to that I keep the notifications on, Jeff thanks for all the information helping me on my gym journey. Thousands of pounds worth of information 💪🏽🙏🏽pun also intended

  37. henry turner on October 10, 2019 at 7:45 am

    So just run 40s.

  38. Robert on October 10, 2019 at 7:45 am

    Love these intros

  39. Kick boxer 1981 S on October 10, 2019 at 7:45 am

    essentially , all my work out sucks.

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  41. Linds Ryan on October 10, 2019 at 7:50 am

    I like to use the boflex type machine and I I love it. I usually use it after the muscle machines . I do sprint and walking outside though. My rule though no slouching aloud. Always stay in control of your movement.

  42. Richard Foran on October 10, 2019 at 7:50 am

    I’ve tried a lot of the work outd mentioned in his many videos and find them useful. But to ignore jogging is i think wrong.

    There may come a time whne you need to.move yourself over some distances were walking will be negative and slow or sprinting to energy intensive.

    Look at military operations if the soilders walked or sprinted out of a situation thed be dead. Athens was saved by a jogger. Most compations held nowdays are jog related. Sure it might interfear your programe. But its definitely something you should never abandon.

    You gotta be smart with other peoples knowledge.

  43. Genuwine6799G on October 10, 2019 at 7:51 am

    3.3 k dislikes are from slumpers and texters.

  44. ryan lieberman on October 10, 2019 at 7:52 am

    Love these videos but way too narrow a focus for jogging benefits.
    HIIT running can be way too stressful for older people, and walking doesn’t burn near the calories or get the heart rate up to the same levels as jogging does. It is not true that sprinting has the same net impact on the body. The impact on your joints and back in a sprint is simply too great for a lot of people who can still handle jogging. Jogging at a brisk enough pace does have a place, and should the dismissed as it was here. Additionally, contemporary medical research would indicate that mortality rates are higher for those that stress their hearts too much during high intensity workouts — much more so that moderate stress exercise.

  45. Emanuel Franco on October 10, 2019 at 7:52 am

    Do you even bench jeff?

  46. carlos morales on October 10, 2019 at 7:53 am

    I like jogging though.

  47. Tod Benjamin on October 10, 2019 at 7:54 am

    Now I just think he’s an arrogant dick

  48. Shelf Cloud on October 10, 2019 at 7:56 am

    Dude, you have never obviously jumped rope.

  49. mayormc on October 10, 2019 at 7:56 am

    Sorry, but I always have a laugh when Jessie shows up for comic relief. It seems a good way to inject humor to get a point across.

  50. Nick Clayman on October 10, 2019 at 7:59 am

    I see this lady at the gym and she uses an elliptical and skips on it, it looked fun so I tried it and it’s like doing literally nothing. She goes every day and does it for the whole hour I’m at the gym and she’s usually there before me I want to tell her about all the time she has wasted but she would just think I’m a jerk

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