This Stamina Workout Left Me In The Bin

Two men lie on the gym floor, exhausted after exercise
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There’s a saying in the fitness world, “in the bin”, which describes the feeling after an especially brutal workout. Your heart rate is through the roof, you’ve used every ounce of energy and you can’t do another thing.

This 60-minute session is great for improving your stamina, but it will leave you well and truly binned.

I do workouts like this when I’m full of energy and ready to sweat hard. It can feel like a slog to start with, but each round is over quicker than the last and begins to feel easier. An hour might seem like a long time, but if you work hard it can be over sooner. 

If you have a friend of a similar fitness level, invite them along because you’ll probably put in a lot more effort in a bid to outpace them – or keep up.

60-Minute Stamina Workout

A woman rides an air bike in the gym

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You need three bits of cardio equipment: an air bike, a rowing machine and a SkiErg. Yes, it’s a bit of an equipment-hogging workout, so performing it when your gym’s less busy is a good idea.

It’s a descending ladder workout consisting of five rounds. With each round the distance or calories you need to log on each machine goes down.

Round 1 

Air bike 60 calories

Rowing machine 1,500m

SkiErg 1,500m

Round 2

Air bike 50 calories

Rowing machine 1,200m

SkiErg 1,200m

Round 3

Air bike 40 calories

Rowing machine 900m

SkiErg 900m

Round 4

Air bike 30 calories

Rowing machine 600m

SkiErg 600m

Round 5

Air bike 20 calories

Rowing machine 300m

SkiErg 300m

Lucy Gornall

Lucy is an experienced health and fitness journalist, and was formerly health editor for TI Media’s portfolio of women’s titles. Lucy qualified as a level 3 personal trainer with Train Fitness in 2016, and also holds qualifications in pre- and post-natal fitness, as well as in nutrition for exercise.