10/05/2014 01:16 pm ET Updated Dec 02, 2014

These Workouts Are More Effective Than Running

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What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word "cardio"? Is it running?

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It wouldn't be surprising if that was your first thought. Running has become the unofficial go-to cardio workout -- great for beginners, it doesn't require much equipment and, yes, it's effective. With so many benefits, there couldn't possibly be a better workout out there, right? Well, there just might be a more effective workout for you.

Workouts More Effective than Running

We've said it before and all fitness professionals know this to be true: The best, most effective workout for you is one that you look forward to, or at the very least, one you can stick with over time.

That said, there are workouts that can improve strength, stamina and other skills faster than others. Depending on your goals, some workouts will be a better fit in your routine.

To evaluate the most effective workouts, we spoke to Matt Wilpers, a top triathlete coach who has been competing since 2008. He has worked for major fitness companies like Equinox, Reebok Sports Club and The Sports Club LA and NY, among others, and he has also coached two teams, Asphalt Green and Team Lipstick Triathlon. On top of that, Wilpers still finds time to cycle and run competitively, and has competed recetly in both full and half Ironman Triathlons, taking top spots in his age group.

To gauge approximate calorie burn, we used the Health Status Calorie Calculator and measurements of average 25-year-old men and women in the U.S.

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