Let’s fast forward one month to when you go back to school, or to work, or wherever it is you’re headed at the end of summer. You see all the ‘old gang’, or maybe meet some new people and you’re proudly touting some new threads. Unfortunately, that’s that’s not all you’re sporting. You’ve kicked back over the summer and because of that you’re (not so proudly) sporting a new gut. A muffin top/ flat tire/ beer belly/ whatever you want to call it, chicks don’t dig it. Let’s face it, all those summer BBQ’s, Snow Cones, homemade Ice Cream, and buttered popcorn have not been kind to your belly. It looks like the only summer lovin’ you’ve gotten was from the value menu.
Here are some tips to get rid of that unwanted cushion before the fall. It’s called HIIT. High Intensity Interval Training. If you want to torch fat fast, you want to train in short bursts of energy -- get your heart going really fast, calm it down, then rev it up again, and repeat. This has proven to obliterate fat much more effectively than long, low intensity training, such as jogging.
Without getting too nerdy, here’s the why: The changes in the speed of your heartbeats burns a lot more calories than just keeping it at a constant, steady pace. Your heart has to use calories to speed up and pump blood to the rest of your body, and then uses more to calm everything back down. HIIT builds muscle as well, and muscle helps in fat loss, but more on this later.
So now you know the why, here’s the how:
Walk at Level 4......1:20
Jog at Level 6.5.....0:45
Sprint at Level 10..0:30
Repeat 6 times
3 days a week
Keep in mind that this doesn’t have to be on a treadmill, you can modify this for running on a field, track, or down the street.
Here’s some motivation -- when you lean over at the office or at school to pick up your bag and your shirt comes up, that’s when the muffin tops make their grand debut and it’s never pretty...You don’t want this! So do something about it.
- Nick, James