“I want to lose weight. I need to do more cardio.”
As trainers, this is one of the things that we hear most often. We have been taught all our lives that the magic formula for weight loss is to burn more calories than we eat. So naturally, what seems to be the answer is the exercise that will burn the most calories. Usually, this means cardio. Cardio elevates the heart rate and keeps it up for the duration, which is the best way to burn calories and fat, right?
Not always. While cardio has its benefits and should be included in your workout program, there are other, more efficient ways to get results. If you have been a WILD client for a week or more, you know that we include regular strength training in our programming. You know that our workout structure largely involves High Intensity Interval Training. You know that sometimes we will tell you that we want you to go as fast as you can for 20 seconds, and sometimes we’ll tell you to do that same exercise as slowly and controlled as you can for one minute.
But do you know WHY? Do you know where strength training and HIIT fit into your workout program? Do you know how these types of workouts can help you reach your fat loss goals and change your body more efficiently than a 60-minute elliptical session?
On January 20th at 10am, I will be hosting a workshop to debunk some myths and drop some truth bombs about exercise for fat loss. We will talk about how different types of workouts affect your metabolism in different ways, as well as the benefits of each. Spoiler alert: I’m not going to tell you that you need to ditch the running in favor of heavy lifting and burpees. The best exercise is the exercise you will consistently do. I’m aiming to give you a better understanding of what is happening to your body when you do different types of exercise, and to learn more about the WHY behind our workout structure here at WILD. And if I pull you over to the heavy/burpee dark side with me, then so be it.
Hope to see you there!