As you probably know, one of the best ways to burn fat is through aerobic exercise. But you can also burn fat with certain types of strength training. In this bog post I will examine ways to burn fat through strength training so keep on reading...
The reason that you can burn fat through certain types of strength training is, that the more muscle you have, the more fat you can burn though normal activities. You can also combine aerobic exercise with strength training to get a double whammy effect against fat!
Don’t worry about bulking up
Strength training doesn’t necessarily have to bulk you up, which I know is often a concern for many of my clients. It can actually tone your body and help build your muscles, just enough to help hold your body in more perfect alignment. Doing so can help you appear thinner and reduce body fat at the same time.
Try circuit training
This is something you can find at different gyms, that involves doing each machine for a specific period of time - usually at a fast pace. It’s a good way to include both cardio and strength training in your workout. Usually there is little or no rest in between each machine and exercise are done in between machines.
Isometric weight training
This is a type of resistance training where you use the weights by holding them at certain angles for 30 seconds to one minute instead of doing faster repetitions. This kind of strength training can also be done without weights. For instance, doing planks works well too. It increases strength and stamina.
High volume training
This type of strength training involves working one muscle group per week, concentrating on cardiovascular the rest of the time. This gives the muscle groups ample time to recover allowing for the best and most efficient building of strength training without bulking up your muscles. You can have long, lean muscles with high volume training.
Doing core strength training exercises such as Pilates and yoga will help your body become a fat burning furnace. Try hot yoga, or purchase a Pilates machine to use at home for no excuse workouts that build endurance while building strength. The better shape your core is in, the better your fitness level will be and the more fat you’ll burn.
Resistance training for building strength
Using your own body, bands or other methods to provide resistance during exercise will build your strength and muscles which will also burn more fat off your body. The great thing about resistance training is that you can combine it with cardio for increased results. Using simple tools such as bands, or workout equipment.
Mixed exercise: Cardio + Strength training combined
Many exercise gurus have put out videos and programs that combine cardio with resistance training that work extra well. You can typically work out for half the time by combining the two together in creative ways and burn more calories. You can seriously blast fat away with these programs.
Cardio then strength training
You can also burn fat by doing the exercises separately. The strength training builds muscle, which burns more fat, and the cardio burns fat. You can do the cardio and the strength training together or separately. Studies show that it doesn’t really matter, other than the fact that when you do it together you can do it in half the time.
Burning fat through strength training is a two-pronged effort. You’ll need to combine strength training with some sort of cardiovascular exercise for it to be the most effective and to avoid having bulky muscles. But, for long-term fitness goals, this is your fat burning answer.
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Author: Vanessa Geraghty McGann - Owner & Master Trainer - PTV Personal Training & Wellness Coaching. firstname.lastname@example.org.