I really like the idea of bodyweight cardio. That is, doing cardio-focused training using bodyweight exercises in a circuit format. It’s one strategy I’ve often used and taught myself. What I like about it is that you can get a variety of unique training benefits from this “hybrid” training style. You get the cardio benefits, to be sure, but you also get strength and endurance benefits from the bodyweight exercises. This is a great combination for those who have limited time to train and need the biggest-bang-for-your-buck solutions for fitness.
As you can see in the video below, this bodyweight cardio workout circuit takes about 9 minutes to complete (that’s for 4 rounds). Here’s the workout…
Jumping Squats – 15 seconds
Side To Side Pushups – 15 seconds
Towel Rows – 15 seconds
Towel Squat + Raises – 15 seconds
Half Burpees – 15 seconds
Rest 60 Seconds
If you follow the formula exactly, that comes out to a 9 minute workout. Now, obviously, this isn’t exactly the best or optimal workout in the world. It’s meant to be quick and tough, and deliver good results for a short 9 minute time investment. It’s far from perfect, but it is something, and it can most certainly be used for fat loss purposes. Remember, almost any kind of high intensity exercise of vigorous activity will contribute to fat loss. But I digress.
Anyways, you can check out the demo here:
All in all, it’s not a bad circuit, despite its shortcomings. But I have to say. After watching that, I can’t help but feel the camera guy was half-asleep, but maybe my standards are too high (it is just Youtube, after all). If it were me, and I had the working budget Mike probably does, then I might hire a professional, or at least an up-and-coming pro. I’m sure the Six Pack Shortcuts product videos will be higher quality, though.
And towel rows. Really? I tried them out just a minute ago, and I still can’t figure out why he’d use something like that in this context. If it were me, I might use it for a range of motion drill, or for teaching proper muscle activation, but I don’t know about putting it into a bodyweight cardio workout. No biggie, though.
Speaking of context… what is it? How does this workout fit into the bigger picture? Who was it designed for, and when should they use it? I’m left with many unanswered questions. Perhaps we’re just supposed to follow Mike’s youtube channel and haphazardly perform his workouts whenever he posts them, and put them together into a program ourselves.
Oh, that’s right. We’re supposed to buy his program, which is made ever-so-clear in the video description of practically all of Mike’s videos. And fortunately for you, I’m busy reviewing all of it so that I can tell you all about it. I want you to know the real pros, cons, benefits, shortcomings, and everything in between so that you can figure out if Six Pack Shortcuts is right for you. And I’m going to be honest, even if it hurts. Hurts who? Who knows – could be me, you, or Mike Chang and staff. I’m still not sure myself, but I’ll get to the bottom of it.
Stay tuned because it won’t be long now.
Update: I guess when I said it won’t be long, I meant it! The Six Pack Shortcuts Review is now ready and waiting for the unsuspecting visitor.