Have you ever gone to the gym when you’re bone tired, sluggish, and trying to get some sort of workout accomplished before you fall asleep standing up? Times like these make the elliptical look REALLY tempting. It’s one of those machines the gym wouldn’t offer if it wasn’t a great workout, right? Meh….debatable. Don’t get me wrong, the elliptical is better than nothing at all, but leisurely gliding at a slow and steady pace isn’t really getting your heart rate up, blood pumping, and calories burning. Unless my friends, you try this 20 minute cardio elliptical workout.
I created this routine one day at the gym when I was incredibly tired and sluggish due to an overdue ‘date night’ with my husband. True life: I ate a huge salad, and a steak, and mashed potatoes, and dessert. Oh yeah, and drank wine. SO.FULL.I.FELT.SICK. We ate like we would never frequent another nice restaurant for as long as we lived, and we stayed out past 10pm. Wild. #thisislifepast30
We got back from our romantic date and fell face first into bed. Like barelygotmyshoesoff before snoring. Flash forward to the next morning. You’ve been there – overindulge, go to bed, then feel like a mack truck hit you.
I needed some gym time. I could have laid around all day like a bump on a log while our son pushed the animal sounds button on his farm book 3,985,230 times, but I knew if I could just manage to do something active, I would feel so much better. Must.Do.Something.
So as I stepped on the gliding beauty known as the elliptical, I knew I had two choices: 1. stroll along for an hour, trying to distract myself from looking at the clock or 2. bust out a cardio interval workout in 20 minutes. Easy decision. Wham bam thank you ma’am.
Despite my once harsh words about my friend elliptical, I think I created one of my new favorite, QUICK cardio workouts. If you are like me and find it really difficult to work out on a cardio machine without analyzing every second that ticks by, you’ll appreciate how quick this workout feels. Every interval is only 2-3 minutes and before you know it, DONE! A kick-butt 20 minute cardio elliptical workout.
If you’re looking for an extra challenge, try sprinting (or glidesprinting – is that what you’d call it?) as fast as you can the last 30 seconds of the workout. Seriously, you may never look at the elliptical the same with this gem.
Looking for a challenging treadmill workout too? Try this 40 Minute Advanced Treadmill Workout.