Is Your Workout Routine Burning Fat?
Have you ever reached a point in your life where you have wanted something badly, but you just didn’t know how to achieve it? So, you did what anyone else would do. You started with what felt right. Eventually, a wise person, someone like you who searches for information, would quickly discover a faster and better way to obtain what you wanted. This happens for work, personal relationship goals, financial goals, etc. However, for some reason it rarely happens with exercise.
We are so confident the type of exercise we are doing is going to give us body fat loss, that we permanently stick to it. We never switch up the routine. Or worse we keep following outdated fitness advice, workouts we did in college, and the occasional bit of what we see on Facebook. It just might be time for a change.
Does your workout routine:
- Involve 30 minutes of moderate-paced cardio
- consist of mostly machines
- break up into categories of what muscle group your working. For example, is today glute day?
- Revolve around the same 5 workouts
If you answered yes to any of these, it might be time for a change! Now, don’t be concerned. If you’re just going to the gym, hopping on the elliptical, and then leaving. This is still a good thing! It is awesome that in a time like today, where we are constantly drowning in work, you are heading to the gym. You are on a mission to better your self, physically and mentally, this is why you should be equipped with the best type of workouts!
So what type of workouts burn the most fat?
The most effective way to burn more fat is through High intensity interval training or for short HIIT. If you have not heard about HIIT training yet, it was God’s gift to us. A workout style that would not only burn more fat in a shorter amount of time, it would also be found to burn more fat even after your workout was done.
What is HIIT?
HIIT simply means that you alternate between a high intensity exercise for a given time and a lower intensity exercise (or rest) for a given time. A great example of a HIIT workout is sprinting at near-maximum speed for 30 seconds, followed by walking for 30 seconds.
Japanese researcher Izumi Tabata shone light on this workout method. With his research, he proved that HIIT training was a viable alternative to ordinary steady state cardio. Simply meaning, working out at intense burst followed by rest is a better option than running at the same pace for an hour.
Why is HIIT more effective at burning body fat?
It will give you a flat stomach faster, do we really care?
Okay, okay. I guess knowing why is somewhat important. The object of HIIT training is to spike your heart rate upwards to 85-90% of it’s max heart rate. This puts your body into an anerobic state, meaning without oxygen. All of this leads to Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC), also known as the “After-burn effect). This after-burn effect causes you to continue to burn calories after your workout!
How long should HIIT workouts last?
A true HIIT workout needs no more than 30 minutes! Yes, you read that right. 30 minutes! Now I recommend that you add in warm up and cool down time. So, a 45 minute workout is all you really need to burn more body fat! No more hour and a half gym sessions!
Applying HIIT training into your routine
- Do your research! Make sure that you have a general understanding about HIIT
- Start slow. Add in two to three HIIT workouts per week.
- Don’t repeat. Okay, you’ll repeat workouts every now and then, but you do not want to do the same routine every single day. This is a great way to fall into the trap known as repetitive injury.
- Get a coach! You wouldn’t rebuild your engine without guidance or prior education would you? Why would you try and drastically change your body without seeking out help? It can be great to find a coach to guide you through your HIIT training. This will save you time and get you results faster!
- Do it in a group- It is always more fun to do hard things in a group. The task becomes easier and goes by faster. Also, there is nothing like the motivation you get from a few people suffering with you.
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