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

By , Jessica Smith, Certified Personal Trainer
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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JUSTJ2014 5/4/2021
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ELRIDDICK 4/25/2021
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1CRAZYDOG 4/7/2021
Jessica's workouts are great! Thanks. Report
A refresher course this morning! Report
PICKIE98 1/21/2021
I can do some of them. Report
CEMOSES2 1/17/2021
Some of Jessica Smith's workouts are great if you feel your bad knees don't mean you are total weakling. Report
CKEYES1 1/2/2021
Guess I can do H.I.I.T. Thought it would be too hard Report
DGRIFFITH51 12/21/2020
Can't do all as I am not allow on my feet for a few more weeks. Report
CD26508743 12/20/2020
This is low impact for young people. Too much pressure and some difficult angles for my older osteoarthritis knees. Ouch?? Report
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JULIJULINN 11/24/2020
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Did it at slower speed. Hope it burns some calories Report
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That whole "intensity" thing is misleading. I have been so a lot of "low intensity" workouts that are a lot harder for me than their "High Intensity" cousins Report
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I love Jessica Smith's workouts. They are great and she DOES warm you up and cool you down Report
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FITNIK2020 7/30/2020
Excellent workouut, and perfect twice. Report
FITNIK2020 7/30/2020
This looks very doable. I am a new follower. Report
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This was great and leaves lots of room for individualization. Thanks. Report
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This looks like an excellent routine! It will be a bit advanced for me, but that just means I'll be able to see how I'm improving my fitness as it gets easier and I can add more intensity. Yea! I'll need to be careful to protect my lower back and shoulders, though. I can't wait to try this! Report
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