Unconventional Cardio:
Descending Pyramids

unconventional cardio: descending pyramids

Unconventional cardio, such as Tabatas and Timed Rounds, are a less traditional approach to cardio without the use of traditional machines such as treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, etc. Unconventional cardio can be a great way to raise the heart rate without stepping foot on a machine or simply a way mix up a traditional cardio workout.

The last installment in the Unconventional Cardio series, are Descending Pyramids. Incorporating Descending Pyramids into a workout can be a really challenging, fun and great way to keep a cardio workout fresh.

Descending Pyramids begin with 10 (or more) repetitions of any given exercise and are performed all the way down to 0 repetitions. They can be done with multiple exercises for a longer circuit that can act as an entire workout, or with just a few exercises as a finisher at the end of a workout.

Here are a few sample workouts:

As an entire workout:
Squats x 10R
Lat Pulldowns x 10R
Deadlifts x 10R
Band Presses x 10R
Squats x 9R
Lat Pulldowns x 9R
Deadlifts x 9R
Band Presses x 9R
Continue all the way to 0!

As a finisher:
Kettlebell Swings x 10R
Pushups x 10R
Kettlebell Swings x 9R
Pushups x 9R
Continue all the way to 0! 

As a finisher:
Dynamax Ball Slams x 10R
Mountain Climbers x 10R
Dynamax Ball Slams x 9R
Mountain Climbers x 9R
Continue all the way to 0!

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Written by Sophie DeHenzel
Unconventional Cardio: Descending Pyramids

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