Self Magazine Editor’s Favorite Cardio Workout

June 25, 2013 · 4 comments

Hello from the sea! I’m traveling to Nantucket today to experience the Cercone Brown Summer House. Follow me on Instagram to check out my travels while experiencing my favorite island. My buddies The Ripe Stuff and Surfset Fitness are a part of the 3-day experience but I’m excited to try out the rest of activities including the new TomTom swim, bike, run GPS watch which will be handy for my 1st triathlon on Sunday! Eek.

Nanctucket

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While in San Francisco, I was lucky to meet the fitness editor at SELF magazine, Marissa Stephenson. During the round table she shared what keeps her motivated as well as her favorite workouts, including how to get flat abs.  I tried her favorite cardio workout yesterday and burned about 400 calories in 30 minutes. It was killer. I did it first thing in the morning, before eating breakfast. When I started jogging, I wasn’t sure how into running I was, but by the end, I was pretty motivated to work hard. Check it out below.

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Marissa Stephenson’s Go-To Cardio Workout

  • Warm up: 5 minute Easy Jog RPE 5-6
  • Workout Interval:
  • Sprint 30 seconds RPE 8-9
  • Walk 1 minute RPE 4-5
  • Repeat 15x.
  • Cool Down with a slow jog for 3-5 minutes RPE 5

It’s also no surprise Marissa is a fan of Tone It Up. They both clearly know their stuff. What is your go-to cardio workout?

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1 Danielle June 25, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Thanks for sharing! I am always looking for new variations on cardio workouts and interval sprints. I also love doing hill intervals – even walking is surprisingly hard!

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2 Christina R June 25, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Awesome giveaway – thanks again :) My go to cardio workout is hiit intervals on the treadmill. It makes the time fly by and you burn major calories. I will be trying Marissa’s workout, looks like a good one!

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3 ulrike June 26, 2013 at 3:11 am

That’s EXACTLY what I am doing these days. 30 seconds sprinting then 1 minute recovery at a very fast walk…..then 30 seconds sprinting……30 minutes…..5 minute warmup…yup. Love it.

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4 Kelly @ KellyRunsforFood June 26, 2013 at 8:26 am

My go-to workout is pretty similar. I’ll run for 30 minutes, increasing the speed of my intervals as I go until I’m sprinting really fast at the end. I always feel awesome afterwards!

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