Sprint to look better naked!
Traditional cardio approaches to fat loss have focused solely on exercising in the “Fat Burning Zone” (FBZ), also known as the aerobic zone, by engaging in slow, steady, low-to-moderate intensity exercise for extended periods. However, aerobic exercise alone has not only FAILED to produce significant fat loss, it can actually cause you to store fat (think problem areas) and lose muscle. Not too sexy!
So what is the alternative? Work out in the “Carb Burning Zone” (CBZ), also known as the anaerobic zone, to make your workouts dramatically shorter AND more effective. This is achieved through interval training in which you alternate between bouts of high-intensity sprinting and periods of low-to-moderate intensity active recovery. The sprint portion of the interval rapidly depletes your body’s tank of glycogen (the stored form of carbohydrates, or sugar, in muscle) so that your body begins to use fat (both dietary and stored body fat) as its main source of fuel. energy at all other times of the day. More specifically, sprints lasting 30-60 seconds have been scientifically proven to burn the most sugar in your body so you can quickly tap into unwanted fat stores.
For maximum fat loss, we recommend intervals that consist of a sprint followed by an active recovery period of greater than or equal duration based on your current level of conditioning, with the exception of some elite level interval protocols where the recovery period is actually less than the sprint period (eg Tabatas). For example, if you’re using a 30-second sprint, here’s how you would select the appropriate active recovery period for your current fitness level to best customize your interval training workouts:
Level I – Beginner: Use a 1:3 work to rest ratio (30s on, 90s off)
Level II- Intermediate – Use a 1:2 work to rest ratio (30 seconds on, 60 seconds off)
Level III- Advanced – Use a 1:1 work to rest ratio (30 seconds on, 30 seconds off)
Plus, this form of training not only burns a ton of calories during the actual workout, but also has a serious AFTERBURN effect that will have you burning more calories for hours and hours after you complete your workout (some studies suggest 12-24 hours). years or more). hours). This phenomenon is known as excessive post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) and describes the energy expended by your body in recovering your metabolic rate to pre-exercise levels. The best part about EPOC is that you control it, which means the harder you work during your workout, the more calories your body will burn BOTH during your workout AND for up to 24-48 hours after you complete your workout!
So, what are you waiting for?
Start running to look better naked TODAY!