Interval Training for Maximum Fat Burning

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weight loss workout interval training boot campShort on time but want an effective full body, fat  burning workout? Interval training is one of the best ways to get the most “bang for your buck” when it comes to exercise. You usually only  need between 20-45 minutes and the fat burning effects will last long into your day.

Interval workouts, the preferred style of training we use in our Boot Camps, are very simple to perform and are basically just switching back and forth between higher and lower levels of intensity at a specific amount of time. For example, you could do low intensity for one minute, then high for 30 seconds for a 2/1 ratio. For more of a challenge, do just the opposite or go for a 1/1 ratio as in 90 seconds low and 90 seconds high.

You can apply this to a strictly cardio session by adjusting your speed, incline or resistance. But you can also get in a weight training  (low intensity) workout combined with “cardio bursts” (high  intensity) for  the ultimate  two-workouts-in-one session!

Generally, you want to spend at least 30 seconds on each interval and no more than 2 minutes. Be sure to warm up for 5-6 minutes before jumping into interval training and cool down with some light movement and stretches at the end.

Which exercises, interval time, and total duration of your workout will vary by fitness level, but here’s a sample workout you can try at home without even using any equipment! Don’ worry if you can’t do all 30 or 60 seconds of each exercise. Do the best you can and keep moving!

1. Low 60 seconds: Pushups – try them you knees or even on the wall if you can’t do them all on your toes

2. High 30 seconds: Jumping Jack- Yep, old school cardio

3. Low 60 seconds: Right Leg Lunge – Step one foot out so that when you lunge down your knee does not go past your toe. Keep your weight in your heels and try lunge down to a 90 degree angle.

4. High 30 seconds: Skaters- Take your right leg far back behind the left and as far left as possible. Get down low like a speedskater. Then rapidly jump and switch the other side bringing your left foot behind the right. Repeat

5. Low 60 seconds: Left Leg Lunge See #3

6. High 30 seconds: Mountain Climbers Start in a plank position on your hands and toes. Draw one knee up as high as you can towards your chest. Then rapidly switch knees and feet back and forth.

7 . Low 60 seconds: Triceps Dips- Sit on the end of the chair with your hand as close to your legs as possible, fingers hanging off the end so the weight is in the heal of your hand. Gradually lift your bottom off the chair and walk your feet out. Keep you elbows pointed behind you and gently lower your body down until your elbows are at about 90 degrees bent. Press yourself up to the starting position without locking your elbows.

8. High 30 seconds: Jump Squat- Feet shoulder width apart, squat down and as you come up jump. As you lower out of the jump squat back down. Keep knees soft and slightly bent the entire time.

9. Low 60 seconds: Same as above, just don’t jump. Try to lower down until your knees are at 90 degree angle. It helps to have a chair behind you for something to aim for. Be sure to keep your weight in your heels. Not your toes and knees!

10. High 30 seconds:Skiers- Jump one foot out in front of the other. Knees slightly bent. Extend the opposite arm up and out in front. Jump up and switch arms and legs back and forth at a rapid pace.

11. Low 60 seconds: Side one-arm plank on Right Side- Lay on your side and stack your feet. Place your hand in the spot on the floor below your shoulder. Lift your hips off the ground until you are on the sides of your feet and your hand only and in one straight line. Modify by keeping your bottom knee on the ground.

11. High 30 seconds: Bicycles – On the floor on your back with your knees up, feet flat on the floor, place your hands behind your head and lift your shoulder blades off the floor. One knee at a time, lift your leg of the ground until both knees are up at a 90 degree angle. Draw your left knee in towards your middle and press your right shoulder towards your left knee. Rapidly switch back and forth using your abs, NOT momentum!

12 Low 60 seconds: Side one-arm plank on Left Side Same as #11 but on the left side

Repeat 2-3 x’s depending on how much time you have and your fitness level.

Questions? Contact me!

Beginners: Please train with a professional before attempting these exercises.
Check with your Doctor or another trained professional before starting this or any other fitness program.

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Get a Lift- Tone and Tighten Your Legs with this Stair Workout

Did you know that one of the best pieces of exercise equipment is probably already in your home or in your office building?  Your stairs can provide a simple workout, but with big results! Even if you only have a couple of steps to use, you can tone and lift you backside, get some heart healthy cardio and build strength in your legs and core in less time than it would take on a flat surface! The following workout focuses on the lower body and core and gives you an effective workout in your home with little to no equipment.

Ready for Lift-off?

After you have warmed up, you will alternate a cardio burst of running/walking 30 steps with the exercises below. Once you have completed all five exercises and cardio bursts between, you will rest and then repeat 2-3 more times.

1.       Two at a Time: Walk up the steps, two steps a time. Your goal is to take 30 steps.

2.       Step Lunges: Stand below the bottom step. With your right foot step onto the bottom step lunge down. Be sure that your back knee is under you rather than in-front. Once you have lunged down as far as 90 degrees,  press yourself up and return  your right foot back to starting position. Repeat on the left foot.  Complete 10 lunges on each leg.

3.       Squat with a Side Step-up: Stand facing the wall with your right foot on the step bottom step and your left on the floor. Squat down and as you press yourself, tap your left toes on the step next to your right foot. Then place the left foot back on the ground, squat down and repeat 20 times on each side

4.       High Knee Step-ups: Stand in a lunge position with your right foot on the bottom step and your left foot on the floor. Put your weight into your right leg and quickly lift your left knee up in front of you higher than your hips. Quickly place the left foot back behind you into a standing lunge position. Repeat 20 reps on each side.

5.       Calf Raises: Stand on the bottom step facing the stairs. Place a weight in one hand and place the other hand on the railing. Stand on the step so that your heels are hanging off the edge of the step. Once you feel a stretch in your calves, press yourself up onto your toes, then lower slowly back into the stretch. Repeat 20 times.

Form Dos and Don’ts

Do keep your weight in whichever heel is on the ground during the exercise to keep the pressure off your knees. Follow modifications online if you have knee, back or hip issues.

Don’t lock your knees out. Keep a “micro-bend” to them when coming out of a squat or lunge and when extending your leg.

Don’t slouch

Do relax your shoulders and engage your core for better back support

If you can’t complete the entire workout, even with the modifications listed at our website, don’t give up. You will get stronger. Try again next week and remember better fitness is achieved  “One Step at Time!”

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Snowed IN Work OUT

Winter fun

Sure there are lots of ways to stay in shape even when it’s snowing outside. But if hitting the slopes isn’t possible and shoveling snow, snowball fights or sledding aren’t your thing,  below is a link to a quick workout you can do inside your own home. This is a full-body cardio-sculpting workout that can be modified for all fitness levels.

All you need is a pair of dumbbells and about 30 minutes to burn some calories and warm yourself up on a cold snowy day. Use the workout until you can return to your normal exercise program outside the house. Or who knows, maybe you’ll find the energy for that snow ball fight now!

Snowed IN Work OUT


Please check with your doctor before starting this or any exercise program.

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