December 1, 2011 by Imprint Fitness
First of all, what is “interval cardio” and why should you use interval workouts to burn fat? What most people consider a workout is an hour on a treadmill, bike or rowing machine, going at the same pace and becoming utterly bored! Worse- still they may lose just a couple of hundred calories, worth little more than a plate of breakfast cereal. This will not burn appreciable amounts of fat and the minute you stop exercising, you stop burning calories!
What your body really needs are a few surprises in terms of speed throughout your workout! Short bursts of speed, interspersed with short periods of rest means that your body continues to burn calories when your workout is finished! In fact, you burn calories for up to 48 hours. Believe it or not, the more oxygen your body needs, the more your metabolic rate increases- the higher your metabolic rate, the more calories you’ll burn and the more fat will melt away. Don’t panic though, that expensive gym membership won’t be wasted as you’ll still use the bike, the treadmill and the cross trainer, BUT in short, sharp bursts, not at the same pace for a long periods of time…
Here is one of the best interval cardio workouts to burn fat: It’s essential to warm up for 5 minutes at a level where you can still carry on a conversation without puffing and panting. Next increase your speed for 1 minute to a point where you can hardly breathe. Recover for 1.5 minutes at a speed a little above warm up. Do this three times; this is three intervals. Cool down at the same rate as warm up for a further 5 minutes.
When you start doing interval cardio workouts to burn fat, this 17.5 minute workout will be sufficient but after time, you should do six intervals instead of three. Even so, your workout will only last 25 minutes and as your metabolic rate stays up for at least two days, you only need to do this about three times a week to burn fat at an incredible rate!
Gone are the days of slogging away at the gym for at least an hour every day to see any resulting fat loss. Using interval cardio workouts to burn fat will only take you 25 minutes, three times a week and the fat will fall off. Implement it in your training program today or join our bootcamp workouts which are founded upon interval training principles! Call us at 716-867-1239 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details!