When you come to UpFit Academy in New York, NY, we’ll help you build muscle, eliminate fat, boost your energy, and become the best version of yourself. One way to torch fat is to do cardio. While all cardio workouts burn calories, some are more efficient at calorie-burning. We use science backed workouts, so we focus on the type of cardio that burns the most fat. Just what are those cardio workouts and why do they work the best?
Cardio torches fat, while building muscle tissue.
Cardio torches calories, but where it gets the calories is extremely important. It can burn both muscle and fat. That can mean that you’re reducing the amount of muscle tissue you have. It can prevent you from getting the lean, svelte appearance you desire, while also sabotaging your future weight loss potential. Muscle needs more calories for maintenance, so the more muscle you have, the more calories you’ll burn 24/7. Combining cardio with strength building not only burns a lot of calories, but it also builds and maintains muscle mass at the same time.
Make your strength training a cardio workout.
Strength training builds muscle mass, while also burning calories. When you combine it with cardio, you’ll torch the calories without losing muscle. One way to combine it is with circuit training. You can do bodyweight strength-building circuits. Circuit training uses up to ten exercises that focus on different body parts, all performed one after another without much rest between each. You can do circuit training that’s timed, which pushes cardio efforts.
Get quicker results with a HIIT workout.
HIIT workouts aren’t a special type of exercise, but any exercise where you adjust the intensity throughout the workout. You alternate the intensity of the workout. HIIT workouts boost your metabolism and keep it running at high for hours. You may start with high intensity for a short time, then take a brief recovery period and go back to high intensity, alternating intensities throughout the workout. HIIT was originally started to work with cardio exercises and has been shown to improve heart function faster than steady-state workouts. You can use the technique with strength-building workouts, too.
- Try a quick workout technique that burns calories and keeps the calories burning after you quit. It’s called Tabata training. You use a bodyweight exercise, like burpees, go hard for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, and repeat. Do eight sets in all, that’s just four minutes.
- Consider kettlebells. Kettlebells provide a total body workout that improves flexibility, strength and endurance. It burns more calories in a shorter time frame than most cardio.
- No matter what your exercise routine is, to keep the calorie-burning fires going, vary it. It prevents boredom, too. Make sure you have a variety of exercises that include cardio, strength-building, balance, and flexibility.
- Your diet is the most important focus if you want to burn fat. No matter how much you exercise, you can’t out-exercise a bad diet. Focus on consistency. To be effective, you have to exercise regularly.
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