Weight Loss, fat burning and better body composition – Wild Geese Style!
Talking heads said it best when they sang “I’m on the road to nowhere”, endless miles pounded out on the treadmill/bike/crosstrainer/[insert machine of choice here], and the results………
Now be honest……
Yeah, I guessed it, pretty minimal. I’m a personal trainer in a city centre gym and I see the same faces coming in and doing the same thing day in day out, how do they look? same as they did last week and the week before that!
Don’t believe the hype:
· Fat burning zone – Really? So why have you still got that spare tyre?
· Weights make you big/bulky/slow – Go home and watch some sport on TV, every professional athlete will have trained with some form of resistance training, are they big/bulky/slow?
Have you ever heard of EPOC? Probably not, I hadn’t untill a few years ago.
Here it is:
It’s the amount of Oxygen your body uses AFTER your workout. Simply put, more is consumed because your body is burning more calories, more calories burned equals greater fat loss. World renowned fat loos expert and author Craig Ballantyne calls this “turbulence”, read about it on www.TurbulenceTraining.com
Aerobic training and the “fat loss zone” do burn fat, but do not induce the EPOC effect. Pretty much as soon as you’ve cooled down, your metabolism returns to normal and you are in a resting state. However, high intensity training, for shorter durations will induce EPOC, you cool down after an intense interval and your metabolism will remain jacked for up to 30 or 40 hours after. In other words, you’re still burning calories when your at home on the sofa watching Eastenders!
Proof? Well seeing is believing, get a picture of a sprinter and a picture of a marathon runner, I know who I’d rather look like.
If you want to boost your metabolism even further, lift weights, and I’m talking Bodyweight, Kettlebells, Bar or Dumbbells. Just, please, forget body part splits, get your whole body done and dusted in a single workout, 2-3 times a week. Resistance training will shape and tone the body, making more aesthetically pleasing, further boost the metabolism and burn calories, improve bone density and release mood enhancing endorphins (so does sex & chocolate, but that’s another story!)