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Five Ways to Transform Boring Cardio into a Real Workout

A few simple tweaks can turn a humble cardio machine into a real test of your manhood.

On top of being boring, treadmills and stationary bikes aren't very manly. Rocky Balboa knew this. That's why he preferred dragging a sled through a frozen field to get his cardio.

But you don't need to live in a cabin in Siberia to get a real man's workout. Try these tips from Cameron McGarr, head of personal training at Equinox in Woodland Hills, CA , for a cardio routine that will kick your ass.
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WEIGHTED STEP MILL

Strap on a weight vest or grab a pair of dumbbells and take to a step mill (or a set of real stairs) and get climbing. Keep the speed at a manageable pace. The weights provide plenty of intensity.

UNPOWERED TREADMILL RUN

Set a treadmill to a low incline, then shut the power off. Move the belt with your own power, "pawing" at it with your feet. 

MILITARY RUN

Hold a light barbell (or one of the Body Bars found in most aerobics studios) overhead, keeping your elbows locked out while you run.

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KETTLEBELL INTERVALS

Alternate between 10 heavy kettlebell swings and running 400 meters. 

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BEAR CRAWL INTERVALS

Place your feet behind the treadmill and put your hands on the belt. Crawl with your hands for 60 seconds, then run for 60 seconds.

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