Burning Fat The Fun Way
One of the more amazing sites to me is to be in a large gym and see rows and rows of treadmills, ellipticals and stationary bikes with people pounding away. I think it takes a very special type of person to do this day after day after day, all in the pursuit of a healthy lean body. Isn’t a hamster running in a caged wheel the image that comes to mind here? It is for me. There are so many more enjoyable ways to burn calories.
We all know that interval training is the most efficient form of cardio to burn maximum fat. The idea of moving at a moderate pace for a couple minutes followed by a burst of activity for 30 seconds to a minute, and then back to the slower pace, and then repeating this for as many total minutes as you want. So in and of itself this removes some of the monotony of the “hamster” workout, plus it’s better for fat burning. But again, the basic idea of this workout still lacks variety.
The Fun Fat Burning Workout:
Leave the cardio equipment alone. Walk into the gym and find the five basic compound exercise machines. These would be:
Lat Pull Down
Squat or Leg Press
What you do is a set on each machine (machines are better than free weights for this because they load faster). Each set is 2 minutes long with no rest between machines. The key is to do every other set as fast as you can move the weight. Obviously it will take some adjusting to know what weight amount to use.
Once through is a little more than 10 minutes long with either 4 or 6 minutes done as hard as you can go. After the first time through all five machines you will find that your heart rate will be very elevated (great cardio effect), with every muscle in your body getting a part of the workout (muscle building/toning). After 3 times through everything you will have kept your heart rate elevated for over 30 minutes and blasted every muscle you have.
You will have gotten the benefit of more than 30 minutes of fat burning cardio intervals combined with the extended metabolism boosting effects of weight training, which keeps burning fat for up to 24 hours after your workout. Beats being a “hamster” every day.