The Dumbest Forms of Cardio – Opinion from Top Coach

Make sure you’re not doing these mistakes.

Any cardio is better than no cardio, right? Not exactly. These are the dumbest forms of cardio someone could be doing. Make sure it’s not you.

The dumbest forms of cardio is a list of 4 types of endurance exercise that you should be avoiding. The list was created by Jeff Cavaliere.

Jeff Cavaliere was the head physical therapist of the New York Mets for 3 years and is now a YouTube sensation. He delivers clear information without noise on his ATHLEAN-X YouTube channel.

To make things perfectly clear, Jeff Cavaliere does not say that this cardio exercises are bad for your health, but rather the way most people do them can be stupid to a point that it becomes detrimental to your health.

Check out the video or read below the main talking points from Cavaliere.

Dumbest Forms of Cardio

1. Cardio Machines

Jeff considers cardio machines one of the dumbest forms of cardio because it allows people to train for their endurance while having some of the worst technique or posture.

Using the treadmill handles to support your weight or texting while cycling is, at no point, normal in real life.

“Machine-based cardio will never replicate what it actually feels like when your body is out in space doing these activities for yourself.”

2. Jogging

“I like to say jogging is the redheaded stepchild of locomotion,” Jeff says because is neither walking nor sprinting, but something in the middle.

dumbest forms of cardio

If you are overweight, walking can help you lose weight. If you can jog, it means you can probably sprint and get all the benefits of it in a short amount of time.

Jogging reaps the problems of one exercise combined with the other. The joint impact of a sprint for the duration of a walk.


“If you’re going to try and do HIIT training, you’re not going to want to mix your exercises where your benefits are optimal strength and conditioning because one of them is going to suffer,” Cavaliere says.

If you want to train for strength, do it. If you want to increase your cardio capacity, do endurance workouts, but don’t mix the two of them in one single training.

4. Tabata

The way Tabata is originally programmed is great. However, many people don’t do it properly. A Tabata is supposed to be high intensity, with maximum effort for 20 seconds.

Using the concept of 20 seconds on and 10 seconds off from the Tabata and applying to some movements, such as skipping rope, is one of the dumbest forms of cardio. That is because you cannot get to 100 per cent of the movement right from the start and you probably use the last 5 seconds to slow down the pace.

A form to bypass this would be to opt for 30 seconds on and 10 seconds off.

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