Cardio/Endurance, Metabolism, Weight Loss

Fat Burning Workouts – Help or Hype?

As a fitness coach, I’m often asked about different exercise routines and their effectiveness. What’s disheartening to me is that so many people are operating under false assumptions – most of them promoted by years of popular media. Case in point: a friend recently sent me her latest exercise routine, which involves nothing but burpees, box jumps, thrusters, and high speed intervals on the treadmill. She said to me, “This is one of my fat-burning sessions. I want to lose weight, so I’m doing this instead of strength training.” While these kinds of workouts do burn lots of calories, and can improve cardiovascular fitness and endurance – they won’t necessarily make you lose fat. Read on to learn why.

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Cardio/Endurance, Metabolism, Weight Loss

Fat Burning Workouts – Help or Hype?

Fat Burning Myth_Kickboxing

As a fitness professional, I’m often asked about exercise routines and their effectiveness. What’s so disheartening for me is that so many people are operating under false assumptions – most of them promoted by years of popular media. Case in point: a friend recently sent me her latest exercise routine, which involves lots of burpees, kettlebell swings, box jumps, thrusters, and high speed intervals on the treadmill. She said to me, “This is one of my fat-burning sessions. I want to lose weight, so I’m doing this instead of strength training.” While these kinds of workouts do burn lots of calories, and can improve cardiovascular fitness and endurance – they won’t necessarily make you lose fat. Continue reading “Fat Burning Workouts – Help or Hype?”

Cardio/Endurance

What is VO2 Max?

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VO2 Max…it sounds like some kind of potentially illegal performance-enhancement supplement you can only get in Canada! Actually, the letters mean V for volume, O2 for oxygen, and “max” for maximum. In simple terms, it’s a measure of the maximum amount (volume) of oxygen the body can effectively put to use during exercise. Why do we care? VO2 Max matters for different reasons, based on your fitness goals: reducing overall body fat, improving performance, and enhancing overall health. Continue reading “What is VO2 Max?”

Cardio/Endurance

HIIT or miss?

HIIT image

HIIT stands for high intensity interval training. It’s the latest buzzword in fitness, and comes in a variety of flavors – boot camp, interval training, cardio HIIT, metabolic burn, strength HIIT, CrossFit® and Tabata, to name a few. What all of these have in common is a structure of bursts of intense exercise followed by short rest breaks or less vigorous activity, for a total of 20 to 30 minutes. HIIT promises to deliver the same results in half the time as traditional training – but is it right for you? Continue reading “HIIT or miss?”

Cardio/Endurance, Strength Training

The Great Debate: Cardio vs. Weights

Weights vs cardio

Spend time in any gym, and you’ll observe that exercisers seem to fall into two distinct “camps” – the strength trainers and the cardio lovers. It’s also interesting that these are segregated by different physical areas of the gym as well. The strength trainers are pushing the free weights, resistance machines and barbells, whereas the cardio lovers are on the ellipticals, stair machines, and treadmills, and having fun in Zumba classes. So which is really better? Continue reading “The Great Debate: Cardio vs. Weights”