Finding the Balance: Mixing Cardio and Strength Training in Your Summer Routine

Susan Hoff
July 7, 2023

A great fitness routine is more than just picking up weights or spending hours on the treadmill.

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A well-rounded fitness routine is more than just picking up weights or spending endless hours on the treadmill. It’s about finding a harmonious balance between different types of exercise, notably cardio and strength training. This blend of exercise styles is the secret sauce to improving your overall fitness, promoting weight loss, and enhancing your body's strength. In this post, we introduce an innovative approach to accomplish this balance: the "carwash" workout.

What is the Carwash Workout?

Imagine a car moving through a carwash. It starts at one end, goes through various stations, each serving a different purpose, and finally emerges clean and polished at the other end. Now, apply this to your workout.

The "carwash" workout involves starting at one side of the gym and working through 6-8 different workouts, each targeting either your upper or lower body, alternating between push and pull movements. You complete this cycle 2-3 times based on the time you have available.

The real kicker? There’s no rest in between. This keeps your heart rate elevated, giving you a solid cardio workout while you're strength training.

Carwash Workout: An Example Routine

  1. Treadmill Warm-up: Start with a 5-minute brisk walk or jog on the treadmill to get your blood pumping.
  2. Station 1 - Squats (Lower Body/Push): Begin your strength training with squats. They target your glutes, quads, and hamstrings, setting a strong foundation.
  3. Station 2 - Lat Pulldown (Upper Body/Pull): Moving on to upper body, lat pulldowns work your back muscles, promoting good posture.
  4. Station 3 - Lunges (Lower Body/Push): Lunges are excellent for targeting your lower body, including your glutes and thighs.
  5. Station 4 - Chest Press (Upper Body/Push): Chest presses will help you build upper body strength, focusing on your chest and arms.
  6. Station 5 - Deadlifts (Lower Body/Pull): Deadlifts are fantastic for engaging your entire body, especially your glutes and hamstrings.
  7. Station 6 - Rowing Machine (Cardio): Finally, hop onto the rowing machine. It provides a great full-body workout and gets your heart rate up.
  8. Cool Down: End with a 5-minute walk on the treadmill and stretching.

Remember, the carwash workout isn’t about speed, but consistency. Move from one exercise to the next without rest, maintaining good form throughout.

This summer, shake up your workout routine by trying out the carwash workout. It’s a fun and efficient way to incorporate both cardio and strength training into your fitness regime, helping you stay active, get stronger, and enjoy the sunny season to the fullest.

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