Interval Training to Build Muscle and Lose Fat

Interval training or High Intensity Training (HIT) is a way to lose fat and build muscle at the same time.

Many people are worried that if they pursue a workout program like this they will build too much muscle and look like a body builder, though some will want this look.

By using Interval Training you can build muscle and you will look more shaped and well toned. So even if you gain some weight from building muscle you will improve the look of your body and have more energy from the increase in your metabolism. Increasing your metabolism is the key to losing fat and keeping it off.

So get the fear of building muscle out of your mind and instead realize that building muscle is an important key increasing your metabolism and to lose fat even if you do not want to get bulked up like a body builder.

So what kind workouts should you do to lose fat and increase your metabolism?

That's where Interval training or High Intensity Training come in . The best part is that it can be done anywhere and requires no equipment except a towel. This is a dirty little secret the fitness industry does not want you to know.

Interval training is doing a set 8 to 10 different exercises for you whole body in 20 or 30 minutes total time. You will do each exercise at the highest intensity possible for 30 seconds and then rest for about 15 seconds and then resume the high intensity part again until you have completed that exercise. You will rest again and the go on to the next exercise.

This will recharge you enough to be able to push hard again in the next intense interval. With this system you will not be continuously counting the minutes that you have to chug along at the same boring pace but moving from a period of intense training looking forward to the next break so that you can rest for the next intense interval. This will make your workout more beneficial to you but it will seem to go by faster for you.

Remember each exercise will take only about two or three minutes at the most to complete and you will rest and go on to the next one until you have completed all of the exercises in the workout program.

This type of exercise is great because it is over fast and will not slow down your metabolism like the grinding pounding cardio of running, or biking will do. You will not look like an emaciated marathon runner either.

The best part is that you are exercising your whole body not just your legs or your upper body like many traditional flat lose weight workouts. This will Burn fat, and build muscle in all the right places.

But remember that no matter how good your workouts are they will do you no good if you do not do them consistently. You must do your workouts at least 3 to 4 times per week to achieve your goals. I know this is much easier said than done. But there are some tricks that can make working out much easier.

You must have a fat loss workout that you can do at home. There will always be times when you can not go to a gym. Just by eliminating your drive time to the gym you'll be saving a lot of the time so you can work out at home.

Source by Steve Knorr