Weight Loss

Fat Burning Workouts – Help or Hype?

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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

HIIT or miss?

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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?”