Low Impact Cardio for Beginners

Low Impact Cardio for Beginners is another metabolic cardio workout from Heather Robertson. This one caught my eye because of the word “beginners” in the title. Not because I am a beginner but because I am looking for a Heather Robertson workout I can do after my surgery (in 2 days!). I need something that uses light dumbbells, is low impact and has no plank based moves. As it turns out, this fits that criteria perfectly. Doing it today I used heavier weights for a few of the exercises than I will be able to use after the surgery but that’s okay. I will just use lighter weights. Not a big deal. Especially since by the end of this workout by shoulders were burning! I will say this is not my favorite of Heather’s workouts. I like all of the exercises but there are only 6 of them and you run through them 3 times. You usually get a bit more variety in Heather’s workouts than what this one offers. But that’s okay. I haven’t even had the surgery yet and I am already going through withdraw at the very thought of not doing one of Heather’s workouts for 4 weeks! So now I have this one and actually a few others I sussed out so I can still get my Heather Robertson workout fix even while recovering.

This workout, used in combination with 2 of her other workouts this morning, actually created an excellent 66 minute metabolic cardio workout. I created a folder/playlist specifically for this morning’s workouts and stacked the workouts I planned to do in the order I planned to do them so they played straight through from beginning to end. I started with Burn Fat Fast // Low Impact Fat Burning HIIT Workout since it has it’s own warm up. After that I went straight into this workout and followed it with her 12 Minute Kettlebell Tabata then I ended it all with her Recovery Workout // Strength + Relaxation Routine. And all together, I got a killer workout. (With the Recovery workout my total workout time was 79 minutes)

This workout is made up of one circuit consisting of 6 exercises that is repeated 3 times. Each exercise is done for 45 seconds with 15 seconds of rest. There is a counter in the bottom right hand corner of the screen, counting down your interval. During the 15 second recovery between exercises, the next exercise is featured in a rectangle in the center of the screen along with a clock, counting down the 15 seconds.

Low Impact Cardio for Beginners is 19 minutes; 1 minute intro and last 40 seconds is Heather talking. Equipment: light dumbbells. Heather used the same set of weights for the entire workout. The weights listed below are what I used.

  1. Squat + Twist (holding DBs at shoulder level, squat and when you stand, raise one knee across body, tapping opposite elbow to knee, alternate sides with a squat between each knee raise) (8# DBs)
  2. Speed Skater (lateral skaters, tapping floor with finger tips while in curtsy lunge)
  3. Step Jacks (low jacks while pushing DBs straight overhead) (5# DBs)
  4. Lunge + Press (stationary lunge, pressing DBs overhead at bottom of lunge) (5# DBs)
  5. Lunge + Curl (stationary lunge w/ bicep curls–other leg) (8# DBs)
  6. Shadow Box (in split stance, alternate punching DBs in front of you) (3# DBs)
  7. Repeat #1-6 two more times

For more info on Heather Robertson’s workouts and other (free) streaming workouts I’ve sampled and reviewed, check out my Streaming page.

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