5 Cardio Training Tips for the New Year

12 January 16, 2016 - Essential Oils, Healthy & Fit, Wellness, Young Living Brand Ambassadors, Young Living Lifestyle

Cardio Training TipsJames Lawrence—who goes by the moniker “the Iron Cowboy”—recently completed 50 Ironman triathlon courses in 50 states in just 50 days, setting a world record along the way. A Young Living brand ambassador, Lawrence shared some pointers for making the most of your cardio workout in the new year. 

Maybe your goal is to run a race. Perhaps you just want to run around with the kids. Whatever your goal, turning up the intensity using interval training this year will help you meet that goal.


Interval cardio is when you change the intensities throughout your workout session. The purpose of this type of cardio session is to boost your heart rate and recover it several times during your session, ensuring you are making the best use of your time while at the gym. While there are no special rules for performing cardio at the gym or at home besides properly warming up beforehand, here are James’s five quick tips to get you started with your cardio training:


  1. Limit interval length to two minutes.

    If you’re doing one of your intense intervals and you can go longer than two minutes, then you probably aren’t exercising hard enough to generate a significant post-exercise calorie-burning effect.

  2. Go at least 10 seconds per interval.

    You can make efforts as short as 10 seconds, but remember that the shorter the intervals, the more sets you’ll need to complete. For example, one interval routine I use with my clients while biking is 10 repeats of 10 seconds of hard pedaling with 20-second rests, then 8 repeats of 20 seconds with 40-second rests, and finally, 6 repeats of 30 seconds with 60-second rests.

  3. Beat boredom.

    Mix things up during your cardio routine. You may do three hard efforts on the bike, then go over to the treadmill for three more, then move on to the elliptical trainer or rowing machine. Using the random setting on most machines is another easy way to add variety. You can also keep yourself engaged by just changing which type of cardio you do each day.

  4. Combine cardio with weight training for big benefits.

    During your next weight lifting circuit, combine hard cardio efforts between weight training exercises. This can be as simple as jumping rope as hard as you can for 30 seconds between each weight training set. No jump rope? Just do jumping jacks or burpees instead.

  5. Recover.

    Remember, the purpose of cardio intervals is to allow you to go very hard during your intense intervals. If you don’t recover properly, you won’t be able to do cardio intervals properly. I recommend at least a 1:2 interval-to-rest ratio and up to a 1:4 interval-to-rest ratio. For example, a 1:2 interval-to-rest ratio would involve hard 60-second efforts followed by easy, 2-minute recovery periods. Don’t forget to cool down and drop your heart rate back down before ending your cardio session.

Cardio Training Tips

Now that you know how to do high cardio interval training, it’s time to hit the gym!


Bonus tip from James:

As part of my fitness strategy, every morning I use Pure Protein Complete™ in my smoothie and chase it with a shot of NingXia Nitro™ and a can of NingXia Zyng™. I also love using R.C.™, PanAway®, and Cool Azul™ essential oils topically.

– Brand Ambassador James Lawrence


Which cardio training tip from James will you incorporate into your workout? Let us know in the comments!

  • I had the pleasure of meeting The Iron Cowboy in Phoenix a few months ago. He is amazingly humble, soft spoken and a BEAST! Truly a BEAST!! If you ever start to have a negative thought towards reaching your goals, just listen to his story and it should pull you right out of it! I am waiting for him to share his story in a book or movie so I can easily share with others. I am honored to have met James Lawrence and can’t wait to see what he is doing next.

  • Melissa Boyd

    Definitely going to start with the suggestions in #2. I pretty much do everything else he mentioned. I need to amp up my biking so this should help!

  • Sarah

    Love this! Thank you Iron Cowboy!

  • lora

    I’m going to do better with weights & cardio training together

  • I love the Vanilla Spice Pure Protein Complete. I put it in my oatmeal. Last night I put Panaway in Epsom salt for a nice bath. R C is one I always have around too!

  • I have done interval training for quite a while now and love it! I appreciate the advice to mix it up. Just this week I had changed from doing my typical elliptical workout to putting in a day with the row machine. I found muscles I had not used much in a while! I had decided it would be good to alternate between cardio equipment. I really like James’ idea to switch it up in same session. Genius! This will allow an easier way to also incorporate the different time frames of intervals he suggests, too. I love it!

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