"I walk into the gym and get on the treadmill. I hit the start button and set an incline of 5% and walk at 3.5mph while watching the big screen TV on the wall."
Does this sound like you? Then you are not doing what it takes to lose fat efficiently.
Fat loss compounds of 3 main factors. Get them right and you will shift those unwanted pounds. They are:
1: A well balanced diet
2: Strength Training
3: High intensity interval training (HIIT)
Today I am going to discuss the effectiveness of HIIT. For years we have seen the people in the gym spending all their time blocking away for an hour on the treadmill or bike at a low intensity. They look the same as they did when they joined two or three years ago. Well whats the problem, they will tell you they work in the "fat burning zone" so why is it they do not lose weight?
Well the fat burning zone is an intensity were the main fuel for exercise is fat, however that is the most efficient. The answer is a big fat no!
There is a more efficient way to burn fat. It is using HIIT. So what does this involve? Well this is when you exercise as hard as you can for a short period of time (15-45 seconds) and then have a recovery period (60-120 seconds) at a lower intensity.
This type of training allows you to burn more calories in a shorter period of time as well as increases the amount of calories you can burn after the exercise period.
Here is an example workout for an indoor bike:
Warm up: 5 mins easy intensity
30 seconds hard intensity
90 seconds easy intensity
Repeat intervals 6 times. Then finish with a 5 minute cool down at an easy intensity.