The Best Exercise for Fat Loss
I often get asked on what is the best and fastest training method for losing fat fast. There are a plethora of training options out there but my belief, as well as science, shows that High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is the winner.
Research has shown that HIIT is one of the most effective methods for weight loss. The main reason for this is the elevated metabolism post exercise. Research has shown that metabolism can be elevated for up to 24 hours post exercise. HIIT also significantly lowers insulin resistance and causes skeletal muscle adaptations that result in enhanced skeletal muscle fat oxidation and improved glucose tolerance.
Furthermore, in a study that compared participants in an endurance training program and HIIT program they found that the energy cost of training was ninefold greater in the HIIT program. So not only are you burning more energy and fat post exercise but you are during the session as well!
It is really important to have a base of conditioning before you do HIIT. This is because the demands are high and the intensity would not be sustainable for any length of time.
A HIIT session consists of a warm up period of 5-10 minutes. This is followed by 6-10 repetitions or 30-90 seconds of 3-6 high intensity exercises such as 400 m sprints, hill climbs, box jumps and clap push-ups. The workout finishes with a cool down exercise. The whole session should only take 30 minutes. It is really important that a warm-up includes lots of stretches, activations and releases.
Coastal Bodies has circuit classes that follow the HIIT principle and they are a great way to burn fat and change your body composition. For more information click here
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