If you’re like the rest of us, then you are probably looking for new ways to get yourself into shape in 2018. It can be challenging to find a workout routine that will give you real results. A lot of routines can seem intimidating, causing us to dread working out, and other workouts that are more doable may not give us the results we are looking for. To build a workout routine suited for you, check out some of these fats burning exercise techniques.

1. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

HIIT is a workout method where for a short period (20-90 seconds usually), maximum effort is given. Although these workouts are brief (typically 30 minutes), they can cause more fatigue than workouts at a constant pace. For example, a simple HIIT workout could consist of doing as many push-ups as possible, then doing 60 jumping-jacks immediately after, followed by 25 burpees.

2. Body-Weight Training

Body-weight training is a great way to burn fat and build muscle. There is an extensive list of body-weight exercises that hit all of the key muscle groups. Some of these exercises include push-ups, pull-ups, crunches, and squats. These exercises, if done correctly with maximum effort, can be very effective and will show results fairly quickly.

3. Strength Training

When it comes to burning fat, strength training and cardio exercises are different but can both be effective. Cardio exercises burn fat while you work out, while strength training exercises burn fat after with EPOC. EPOC or Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption is essentially your metabolism working at a higher level after an exercise. This makes high rep strength training another efficient way to burn fat.

4. Personal Training

Having a personal trainer is one of the best ways to approach working out. A trainer will know the best exercises for your body type and can help you plan a healthy diet. Also, trainers can encourage and make sure you are completing each exercise correctly. This can help to eliminate the intimidation that big workout routines create. Plus, it is a lot easier to get into your workout when you have someone pushing you to be your best.

5. Functional Fitness

Functional fitness is a type of exercise created to build muscle that you need for things in everyday life. These workouts benefit you in activities such as: playing sports with friends, being active with your children, bringing in the groceries, and moving furniture. Functional fitness workout routines help you in many ways beyond just the activities above. These exercises engage multiple muscles at the same time, which burns more calories, which leads to fat loss. For example, a squat is a functional fitness exercise because it trains the muscles needed for picking up an object at a low level or getting up and sitting down in a chair.

Try working some of these exercises and training methods into your workout routines this year. They will help you get over the intimidation factor and build your routines into something you can truly enjoy. If you have any questions about these training methods or want more information, contact 3Strong today to receive expert advice on training!