High-Intensity Cardio That Isn't Hard on Your Joints


By: , – Jessica Smith, Certified Personal Trainer
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High intensity interval training (aka H.I.I.T.) doesn't always have to be high impact! This workout is perfect for maximizing your cardio time--without pounding your joints. (Oh, and did I mention it’s free of both burpees and squat thrusts? Score!)
Join me for this low-impact, high-intensity cardio routine that can be done easily in a small space with zero equipment. (No jumping means it's perfect for hotel rooms and apartments, too!)

Follow along with the video for an efficient nine-minute session, or if you have more time and energy, repeat 2-3 times in total for a longer sweat session.
Note: This workout may be low impact, but its still high intensity, which means it is challenging aerobically. Beginners, please listen to your body during the routine and move at your own pace. Challenge yourself but be sure to take care of yourself! 

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About the Author
As someone who struggled to lose weight for years, Jessica found that the key to her own 40-pound weight loss was making small, healthy lifestyle changes that led to big, lasting results. Now, as a certified wellcoach, fitness instructor and personal trainer, she has spent the last 15 years helping students and clients reach their goals in New York City, Los Angeles and Miami, and now reaches millions online through her YouTube Channel and home exercise DVD series. Please visit jessicasmithtv.com/shop to learn more about her fun, results driven programs for all levels of exercisers.

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    Wanting to know how I track these exercises on Sparkpeople? Do they go under low impact or what? Thanks for your help. - 11/12/2013   10:09:57 AM
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    I've done this at least 6 times! I started it two weeks ago! I HIGHLY recommend this, ladies! It's incredible! - 11/12/2013   9:19:17 AM
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    I can't wait to try this. I love the results I see from HIIT but my joints aren't big fans. :) - 11/12/2013   7:51:12 AM
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    this is a keeper! - 11/12/2013   7:36:28 AM
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    The first workout I did after giving birth was kettlebell swings. High intensity and zero impact. I think I was 2 days PP and even walking hurt my parts. - 11/12/2013   6:30:22 AM
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    This is an amazing workout! Incredibly dynamic without killing your knees!! The continuous arm and leg combos are fantastic for burning calories. I wish there were a calories information. - 11/12/2013   12:42:12 AM
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    Thank you! It's GREAT to have more variety in my workouts. I like the low impact high intensity workouts best. This will fit very well in my plan! Keep on moving! :) - 11/12/2013   12:34:08 AM

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