Can you smell summer coming around the corner and want to lose some weight fast? Dr. Foodle gathered the latest fitness trends that will burn lots and lots of calories and shape up your body fast.
So, let’s put our metabolism on fire!
I’m almost certain you have heard of this, but if not, it’s the most extreme form of cross-training, which includes a series of various kinds of exercises such as aerobics, weight lifting, and body weight exercises. To me, the best and funniest description I have heard of Crossfit was by Ellen Degeneres: “Crossfit is interval training where you combine a bunch of different exercises with the feeling of death!” It was estimated that in Crossfit, one could burn approximately 120 calories in 6 minutes, though of course, it always depends on the sex, muscle mass, and speed.
The Japanese researcher and innovator, Dr. Izumi Tabata, created Tabata. It involves a four-minute exercise program of very intensive workouts with short breaks in between these. The four minutes are composed of eight sets, with 20 seconds of repetitive exercises in each set, followed by 10 seconds of a break. During those 20 seconds, one should do as many repetitions as he or she can (survive).
Very similar to Tabata training, HIIT involves again short periods of intense workouts followed by less intense workouts (instead of a break). For example, you may need to sprint for 20 seconds and then jog for the next minute before you start over again. The duration of HIIT, as well as other intense workouts, is usually shorter than other programs. Three or four 30-minute workouts per week have been found to pay off by losing weight, gaining muscle mass, and increasing your metabolism.
One of the most favorable programs recently, which again includes intensive workouts, but this time you‘ll be using an indoor exercise bike (now you‘ll be saying “like intensive by itself wasn’t enough!”). Well, that’s how it is, and if you are a bike person, you will enjoy switching between downhill and uphill slopes while cycling to the point you‘ll feel the bike is about to explode until you finally move down to a normal speed again. You can burn 600 calories on average in each session, and it is a great workout for the legs!
Total body Resistance Exercise (TRX) was founded by Randy Hetrick, a US Navy commando; that should say a lot! When he was in submarines, he was trying to find a way to exercise and ended up using some bands, which he hanged above his bed and… voilà! The idea was born! It is based on using your own bodyweight and training over suspension bands. The good thing for TRX is that it can be quite flexible in that there can be various intensity workouts appropriate for beginners as well.
The biggest advantage of these hardcore workouts: Afterburn!
Calories are burnt not only during these extreme (or let’s say intense) workouts, but also afterwards as well, thus the afterburn! This depends on the exercise duration and intensity but it mostly occurs because such workouts help raise your metabolism. The calorie burning after each workout can last 1-48 hours!
Keep in mind!
These workouts are not for everyone; it is better to get advice from your doctor before joining such a workout. If you are a beginner, don’t expect to become a body-builder within the first lesson, but you will gradually start and do your best while you will see results faster than other kinds of workouts if you try to keep up.