Staying lean isn't as complicated as it may seem. To keep body fat low and showcase your hard-earned muscle, cardio and conditioning are a crucial part of your workout schedule. Most people know this, so it's not really life-changing news.

Unfortunately, even most fitness enthusiasts don't necessarily enjoy getting their heart rate up to maximum levels on a repeated basis. But there are ways to change that mentality.



"I might not love cardio, but I know it's essential," says fitness expert Cory Gregory. "I design my cardiovascular work much like I design my weightlifting workouts. I keep things interesting, fast-paced, and fun."

If you try any of Gregory's cardio workouts, you won't spend all day on the treadmill. Instead, you'll jump, sprint, and do high-rep exercises, jacking up your heart rate and accelerating fat loss.

Try out these five fat-torching workouts designed by Gregory. "These are pretty intense, so start with one per week," he says. "As you become more conditioned, do 2-3 per week. The trick to these workouts is to rest as little as possible. Break just long enough to control your heart rate, then go on to the next set!"

Workout 1
1
Jogging-Treadmill
1 set, 800 meters
+ 9 more exercises

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Workout 2
1
Step Mill
1 set, 10 minutes
+ 6 more exercises

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Workout 3
1
Running, Treadmill
1 set, 100 reps
+ 4 more exercises

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  • 2,500+ expert-created single workouts
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  • Detailed workout instruction
  • Step-by-step workout tips
  • Training at gym or at home

What comes with BodyFit Plus?

  • Instructional Videos
  • Don't risk doing a workout improperly! Avoid injury and keep your form in check with in-depth instructional videos.

  • How-to Images
  • View our enormous library of workout photos and see exactly how each exercise should be done before you give it a shot.

  • Step-by-Step Instructions
  • Quickly read through our step-by-step directions to ensure you're doing each workout correctly the first time, every time.

Workout 4
1
Step Mill
1 set, 12 minutes
+ 10 more exercises

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$3.99/month
  • 2,500+ expert-created single workouts
  • 3,500+ how-to exercise videos
  • Detailed workout instruction
  • Step-by-step workout tips
  • Training at gym or at home

What comes with BodyFit Plus?

  • Instructional Videos
  • Don't risk doing a workout improperly! Avoid injury and keep your form in check with in-depth instructional videos.

  • How-to Images
  • View our enormous library of workout photos and see exactly how each exercise should be done before you give it a shot.

  • Step-by-Step Instructions
  • Quickly read through our step-by-step directions to ensure you're doing each workout correctly the first time, every time.

Workout 5
1
Running, Treadmill
1 set, 15 minutes
+ 10 more exercises

BodyFit Plus

$3.99/month
  • 2,500+ expert-created single workouts
  • 3,500+ how-to exercise videos
  • Detailed workout instruction
  • Step-by-step workout tips
  • Training at gym or at home

What comes with BodyFit Plus?

  • Instructional Videos
  • Don't risk doing a workout improperly! Avoid injury and keep your form in check with in-depth instructional videos.

  • How-to Images
  • View our enormous library of workout photos and see exactly how each exercise should be done before you give it a shot.

  • Step-by-Step Instructions
  • Quickly read through our step-by-step directions to ensure you're doing each workout correctly the first time, every time.

About the Author

Kailan Kalina

Kailan Kalina

Kailan Kalina is a former Bodybuilding.com content editor, competitive powerlifter, and certified personal trainer.

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