How To Mix Up Your Cardio

I have a love hate relationship with cardio. I love the feeling after I completed it, but man do I hate actually doing it. That is why I try to switch it up every time I go to the gym!

The number one reason why I love Planet Fitness is because of all their cardio machines they have available. They have treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, stair masters, and rowing machines. This means I can do something different each time I go to the gym.

Switching up your cardio routine can help with motivation! I know that I don’t look forward to running on the treadmill, but I do look forward to doing a variation of cardio to burn the same amount of calories!

Here are four cardio blasters that you can do at the gym.

Ten minutes at three stations

This could be in any order using three different cardio machines. For an example:

  • 10 minutes on the treadmill
  • 10 minutes on the bike
  • 10 minutes on the elliptical


  • 10 minutes on the rowing machine
  • 10 minutes on the stair master
  • 10 minutes on the treadmill

You can do so many different scenarios to keep it light and fresh!

The one to three mile

This is similar to the first one but is a wee bit longer. You pick your three cardio machines (I like to stick to the treadmill, bike, and elliptical) then you do one mile on the first machine, two miles on the second, and three miles on the third! Usually my circuit looks like this:

  • One mile on the treadmill (15 minutes)
  • Two miles on the elliptical (22 minutes)
  • Three miles on the bike (18 minutes)

Interrupt your lift for cardio

Wait, what?! I did this one time and it was a good mix. It looks a little something like this:

  • Start with a 10 minute warm-up. This could be any cardio machine.
  • Next, move into your lift by doing two full sets.
  • Then go back to a different cardio machine and do 10 more minutes.
  • Finish the last two sets of your lift.
  • Finally, do 10 more minutes of a different cardio machine.

This will help keep your heart rate up during the whole duration and you get to mix it up to have a little fun!

HIIT workouts

I love HIIT! I teach a class each Thursday at my school with just using your body and it helps keep your heart rate up by doing different variations. HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. You basically do a workout for 30 seconds then have a 30 second break. Do this for each exercise, I usually have 6-10. After each round, take a minute break, then repeat 3-5 times!

Here is a workout just for body weights:

  • Ab: Crunches
  • Arms: Shoulder taps
  • Legs: Body squats
  • Cardio: Skaters
  • Booty: Fire hydrants
  • Ab: Toe touches
  • Arms: Push ups
  • Legs: Side lunges
  • Cardio: Jumping split squats
  • Booty: Side-kicks

Next is using a kettle bell and a med-ball:

  • KB chops
  • KB squat pulls
  • KB swings
  • KB around the waist
  • KB sumo squat
  • MB Russian twists
  • MB squat throws
  • MB sit ups
  • MB leg lifts
  • MB single leg dead lift with press

Hopefully these help you mix it up at the gym and keep your motivation going! Let me know if these worked for you by taking pictures and posting it to your Instagram story and tagging me, @coffeewithcarlee.

Hope you all have a great week!