I saw a post on facebook or twitter yesterday from a fitness person talking about how to increase the total amount of calories burned during a workout.
To me that is a big bit of BS to be honest.
The total amount of calories burned during a workout is not the be all and end all.
In fact I don’t even care how many calories you burn in a workout!
Too many times I see people post on social networking sites how many calories they burned during a workout like it’s a badge of honour.
It usually looks like this “1 hour pump class + 30 mins on the tready = 700 cal burned – WOOHOO!”
Maybe I’m being sarcastic but you should get my point.
This is not the way to look at your workouts.
First of all, it’s what the gyms want you to do and it is another reason why gyms suck when it comes to your fat loss mission.
They set you up to fail because they preach about pump classes being good for you.
Ditto for running on a treadmill.
Ditto for how important it is to count your calories burned during a workout.
Here’s the big lesson for today:
It is the calories you burn after a workout that counts most.
Yes my friends – AFTER a workout.
What do I mean by this?
Well let’s look at it this way – you know the person who does the pump class then runs on a treadmill for 30 mins.
Well that’s the only calorie burn they get for that day workout wise.
It does nothing for putting a blowtorch to your metabolism.
To be honest the calories burned after you workout are more important than the calories you burn during a workout because it keeps that blowtorch firing your metabolism for the rest of the day – and the day after that.
In fact, research has shown that these type of high intensity training routines as the basis of your sessions can boost your metabolism for up to the next 48 hours.
This how to get ripped in 4 weeks blog post explains it all in detail. The video below also gives you a good start.
So what type of exercises should you be doing?
- Anything that gets the heart rate pumping big time
- Anything that uses multiple muscles at once using either a bodyweight workout as your resistance or something heavy like a kettlebell or weights.
- Not low intensity classes like pump where you do the same exercise for 3 minutes.
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