DEATH TO “CARDIO”: List of exercise types and how they rank in order of importance for FAT LOSS AND WEIGHT MANAGEMENT.
Below is a list of how we should be spending our time at the gym for fat burning and weight management depending on how much time we have available to dedicate toward our goals.
1. Resistance training (1-3)
•Using heavy weights, and compound lifts such as bench press, squats, pull-downs, dead lifts, lunges etc.
•Supersetting upper and lower body exercises has shown to be superior for burning fat.
2. Metabolic/circuit training (4-6hrs)
•A close second to resistance training, metabolic circuits are great for elevating nearly every biological component in the body, especially the heart rate.
3. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) (7-8hrs)
•A great way to manipulate heart rate and tax the body. Can be used on off days or after resistance training workouts for weight loss.
4. Low Intensity Cardio (9-12hrs)
•In my mind, no one should have time for steady state cardio. I and my clients only use it as a means of warming up, cooling down, or actively recovering from an intense workout.
Next time you’re in the gym, think twice about heading to a piece of cardio equipment. I’m often asked if and why I don’t do cardio and my response is “I don’t have the time.” Spend your training time wisely!