0

votes

Cardio : Upper body cardio ideas?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 09, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Hi, I am wondering what upper body cardio is good for overall fitness/conditioning. I hear tell that former prison inmantes used to be forced to crank a machine for 8 hours per day in a seated position(it beats typing on a computer). Skipping rope and hitting the speedbag are ideas that have come to my mind for "upper body" cardio. Does anyone have any others which doon't necessitate a gym or a lot of equipment?

Cf5c9ba3c06cf300ae23c52778dfd317

(545)

on April 21, 2011
at 02:44 PM

Swimming, without using your legs.

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on April 21, 2011
at 01:25 PM

While it requires opening the hips quite a bit, swinging a kettlebell always gets my heartrate up, quickly.

  • 77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

    asked by

    (78467)
  • Views
    4K
  • Last Activity
    1546D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

6 Answers

4
Dd78061776671a12054e17c660aee14a

(259)

on March 09, 2011
at 06:00 PM

No such thing, really, as upper body "cardio." You're heart and lungs don't differentiate if you are working your legs, arms, etc. Your heart rate and respiration will increase in response to the work you are doing.

Skipping rope and speedbag training are great exercise, speedbag especially for upper body strength.

Other upper body exercises that don't require a gym membership:

Pushups, Pullups, Chinups, Kettlebell Cleans/Presses/Snatches, Dips

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on April 21, 2011
at 01:25 PM

While it requires opening the hips quite a bit, swinging a kettlebell always gets my heartrate up, quickly.

1
535633b57c4a4940d1e913e7a12ee791

(1013)

on April 21, 2011
at 11:24 AM

Hitting the heavy bag is super for cardio and upper body.

0
8cbb06eb84dad8d2db56fcc4d8bdc0ba

on May 04, 2011
at 01:50 AM

boxing -- sparring or hitting a punching bag; good cardio kickboxing is good utilization of upper body and core as well

0
77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 21, 2011
at 05:58 PM

Assisted pullups or kneeling pushups. Or normal ones, depending on your strength.

0
1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

(5506)

on April 21, 2011
at 12:00 PM

How about using an Airdyne with just your arms? That or a handcrank bike would work quite well. In addition if you have access to a concept2 rower you could row with only your back and arms. That's a standard drill for crew but crushing if you keep it up for a while.

0
5672b2d190891342389e764cc4056ca9

(1304)

on March 10, 2011
at 12:40 AM

Rowing and paddling.

In race walking, the upper body contributes to the propulsion, much more than in regular walking or running.

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!