The Right Cardio for Your Goals

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It seems like there’s a new gym offering some type of cardio workout opening up on every corner of Austin these days. And why shouldn’t there be? Everybody benefits from cardiovascular exercise. From a health and general fitness standpoint alone, some cardio should always be done. The difference in the program design will be in duration, frequency, and intensity levels to suit your goals. 

When it comes to cardio workouts, most people are doing them for the purpose of losing weight (specifically shedding body fat) and getting in better physical shape. Most people are not using cardio to train for an endurance sport and are not endurance athletes­—so for the sake of brevity, I’ll assume that you, AFM reader, are like most people looking for the best way to use cardio to get the results you want. For cardio, I urge clients to join a group fitness program since there is an added element of accountability and community. Too many gym memberships go unused once motivation starts to wane. If you have a support system in place, you’re more likely to stick with it for the long haul.

Looking at what Austin currently has to offer, here are some of the best cardio group classes for overall fat loss and improved fitness in my opinion as a fat loss expert.

Keep in mind that cardio is only one piece of the fitness puzzle, no matter what your goals may be. Your nutrition, resistance training, flexibility, and rest and recovery are also equally important regardless of your specific goals. So, make sure your fitness regimen is balanced. 

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