5 Minutes of Intense Fat Burning
- Get on the stepmill for this Tabata-style workout. No, not the stair stepper – we're talking about the stair-treadmill that's like a miniature escalator. Don't touch those handrails, grandpa. They're for rest periods and emergencies only.
- Set the thing for five minutes and do one minute of easy climbing, then bring it up to a speed you can just barely handle for twenty seconds.
- After the 20-second sprint, grab the handrails and step off, straddling the moving stairs for a quick ten-second break.
- Repeat that work-rest interval for six to eight cycles.
Make It Harder: Add a Medicine Ball
Grab a heavy medball and hold it while performing the workout. Hold it any way you like: two hands, one hand, up high, or down low. Between sets, you can dismount the machine or stay on, balancing the ball on the drink holder/instrument panel at the top of the device.
This takes a little practice but it's doable and it forces you to repeatedly do something that requires control and coordination while you're tired – an added, real-world bonus to the workout and a good skill to have.