Your Cardio is Boring: Try Sprinting on a Treadmill

Cardio challenge: Dirty 30
I am not a fan of cardio for the simple reason that an hour on any machine is enough to drive me crazy. So instead of slow steady-state cardio, I do sprints. In fact, I shaved 45 minutes off my 1/2 marathon time and never ran more than 3 miles in a training session.

Sprinting on a treadmill is a lot of fun, but you have to focus. Forget the television. You need 30 minutes of motivating music and water tip sip on throughout.

Here’s how to do it:
1. Warm up on the elliptical for 5 minutes.
2. Jump on a treadmill and put the speed on anywhere between 7-10, depending on fitness level. (Amanda started at 7.5, I am at 9.5)
3. Wait until the treadmill says 0:30 and jump on (grab the handles and jump on running)
4. When the time hits 1:00 that is one, so grab the handles and jump off.
5. Repeat for 30 minutes.

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As a Leadership Coach at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, James Leath teaches athletes from the professional ranks all the way down to elementary school about character and leadership of self, team, coaches and critics. His widely read blog at jamesleath.com is a top resource that educates athletes, coaches, and parents in sport psychology and personal development. James is currently finishing a graduate degree in Performance Psychology.

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