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What is the best exercise to do to lose weight?

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It seems lately that I get asked these kinds of questions from my clients. I mean on the surface it sounds like a pretty simple and straightforward question that can be answered easily. Unfortunately, when it comes to fitness and weight loss there is no simple answer, but there are opinions. So, my answer to that question involves my opinion around personal experience and some scientific evidence. Drum roll please, I answered High Intensity Interval Training or as you may have heard someone call it HIIT! Here are my reasons for believing it is the best type of exercise to lose weight.

High Intensity Interval Training is the best way to lose weight because of the following reasons:

  • It combines Anaerobic and Aerobic activity if performed correctly.
  • While performing HIIT exercises you are burning calories during the activity time period but the real bang for your buck is that you will be burning calories after your workout.
  • During your HIIT exercise the metabolic adaptations your body endures will cause it to use fat as a fuel source
  • Still not 100% proven but because HIIT requires maximal strength efforts as well as cardiovascular people do not see muscle loss, as is the case with sometimes losing weight.

These are some of the reasons I believe HIIT provides your best opportunity to lose weight. Now, it is important to note that HIIT is different from regular Interval Training in the sense that HIIT intervals involve max effort, where as interval training typical consists of raising the heart rate but not exerting max effort.

Now, before you begin using HIIT as a form of weight los training there are a few guidelines to consider.

First, it is not for beginners. As with any time you begin an exercise program you want to make sure you are cleared by a physician or do not have risk factors that could cause injury or death.

The second guideline is to gradually build up. Don’t be a weekend warrior over night and injure yourself. A good rule of thumb if you are ready to attempt HIIT exercises is if you could work at Heart Rates of 70 -85% of your max heart rate without being exhausted.

Third, remember to warm up and cool down. This is extremely important to prevent injury and provide maximum performance.

Fourth, recovery for HIIT training will typically take longer to recover. It is important to bring your hear rate below 70% of your MHR and this could take up to 4 minutes.

Finally, if you ever feel any pain or experience shortness of breathe stop immediately!

So, if you are looking to change up your routine and you are at a level of exercise experience that you can handle HIIT then I believe HIIT is your best way to lose weight!

Coach Dave

 

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I am a husband, father of 2 girls (I was told that I was meant to be King)! I have been in the fitness industry since graduating from the University of Florida back in 97. I had the privilege to do an internship with the world renowned Dr. Cooper and the Cooper Aerobics Center. My initial start after graduating was as a personal trainer at a small private personal training studio in Orlando. After eight months, I moved to Dallas and worked as a personal trainer and manager for the Premier Athletic Club in Dallas. Since that time I have continued to work as a fitness professional in a variety of roles. Most recent is the development of America's # 1Lifestyle program for Working Moms called "Working Mom Workouts." I enjoy working with my clients and helping people reach their fitness goals.

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