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If you’re anything like me, you have a love-hate relationship with cardio. Although in the past, I was made to believe cardio machines (treadmill, stationary bike, stair climber) help you get the job done in a short period of time, making a morning or lunchtime workout a breeze. I wasn’t getting the results I wanted. So, I enlisted the help of Phoenix Gentry, a certified master trainer and wellness coach with over 24-years of experience, who broke down the do’s and don’ts of the big “C” word.

For starters, according to Gentry, “most people don’t use the machines correctly.” In fact, machines are a last resort when it comes to burning fat.

“A total body work out is the best way to burn body fat,” Gentry tells “For example, if you are going to work your hips, hamstrings and glutes opt for exercises like squats, lunges, single straight-leg deadlifts, and step-ups,” added Gentry. “After a warm-up, do the following exercises as fast as you can for 45 seconds each. Give yourself 15 seconds to move from one exercise to another. After one full circuit, take a two-minute break before repeating the circuit again, twice more.”

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