Although this goes against what most of the idiot trainers out there promote. It will help you get out of the gym faster while taking more fat off.


Question: I have a question that may or may not pertain to diet. I started working out again at a local gym in January I try and go 2 to 3 times a week and spend 45 minutes doing cardio and an hour doing the workout room but by the time I'm done I'm so tired and sleepy I have to fight sleep driving home. Is there something that I can do before working out that will keep me awake?

Thanks,

-Jill

Answer: No wonder you’re so sleepy when you finish your workout you’re in the gym for almost two hours. I bet you can come up with hundreds of better things to do than spent nearly two hours in a gym... and if you can can’t, it’s time to start thinking about getting a life.

The short answer here is that you are spending too much time working out and you’re doing everything backwards. I have a big announcement to make, so listen up folks…AEROBICS ARE DEAD! 45 minutes of aerobics before you even think about lifting a weight makes me sleepy just thinking about it. Let’s work out a little smarter today. By smarter, I mean shortening up your workouts to be more efficient and burn fat faster. No one has to be in the gym for two hours…no one! Start your workout by warming up for 6 minutes, get the blood going. Hit the weights with no more than two exercises per body part for a maximum of two sets. Start with the largest muscles and work your way up to the smallest. Your largest muscle is your glutes (hips), and it’s not just big because you have a fat ass, it is actually the largest muscle in the body and your smallest muscles are your arms. Finish your weight training off with a couple of sets of abs. This workout should take you no longer than 35 minutes. If it does you’re slacking.

Your aerobic workout should be no more than twenty minutes and even that is too long. The fastest way to burn fat is to create chaos in the body and by “chaos” I mean “interval” training. You can switch it up however you want but a basic interval training program looks like this: 2 minutes walking, 2 minutes running at full speed, 2 minutes walking, 2 minutes running…I think you get the picture. You can perform any combination; 1 minute walking, 3 minutes running, and so on. Change it up every workout by using different aerobic machines and mix up the timing and you see that you can stay awake through your workout and get to your fitness goals much faster.

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Comment by dolores on September 3, 2008 at 9:06am
Yea!! I too hate and hated aerobics. That frickkin music was the worst. All those sweaty, stinky people. Glad to hear this.........now can you tell me when rap will die?
Comment by CB on September 3, 2008 at 9:19am
I finally could stop fighting my weight when I started to lift heavy weights. I wish someone had told me this years ago when all women were suppose to do was cardio.
Comment by Rocco Castellano on September 3, 2008 at 10:31am
I can't help on the Rap music. The old school Rap wasn't bad (Grandmaster Flash and all) Even running and other forms of aerobic activity should be limited and exercises such as running stairs and jump roping should be included. You actually expend as many calories with 10 minutes of jump roping than you do running for 30 minutes. Running 6 minutes of stairs does the same thing.
Comment by Paula Manning-Lewis on September 3, 2008 at 10:48am
So, I have a question for you. I LOVE hiking! My husband and I try to take at least one hike a week. We hike anywhere from 1 hour to 6 hours (when we go to the top of the mountain), so how does this affect my weight loss attempts? Should I be doing the interval training while we hike too?
Comment by Paula Manning-Lewis on September 3, 2008 at 10:49am
btw, we usually take water and snack breaks every hour or so.
Comment by Rocco Castellano on September 3, 2008 at 11:53am
Hiking is an activity that you should do for your enjoyment not your workout. You want to workout so that you can enjoy hiking more. The higher or longer you can hike the more fun you can have. Think of it like training for a race. You workout so you will perform better at the event. Trying to combine exercise and activity can usually get you injured. Enjoy yourself and take in this wonderful foliage and small animal live we have.
Comment by Tricross on September 3, 2008 at 4:26pm
It really depends on what you are trying to do. If you whole objective is to lose weight, the only formula that works is burn more calories than you take in. The best way to burn calories is to build more muscle mass which takes more energy to sustain and eat less. Diet and exercise. Now, with that said, I believe aerobics or "cardio" is vital to a strong cardiovascular system. It also has enormous mental health benefits, more so that weight training could ever provide. So, I think to say aerobics is dead is a little misleading. It would be better to say, "balance is in."
Comment by Rocco Castellano on September 3, 2008 at 4:44pm
I'll agree with that. I write headlines to create dialogue and obviously this hit a nerve. The mental health and cardiovascular benefits I agree are great but for losing fat...not that great. And with more people eating like they are going to the chair and getting fatter by the minute the old aerobic activities are can not overcome what is happening. So we need to implore better and more efficient ways to burn fat faster. Interval training or creating chaos is still the fastest way to burn fat in the shortest amount of time. Again, no arguments with mental health and cardiovascular benefits. Thanks.

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