Saturday, July 16, 2011

What's the best workouts for weight loss?

Most people think that the fastest way to a slimmer you is to do tons of cardio (treadmill, spinning, aerobics).  Now I'm not saying that cardio can't help but the best way to workout for weight loss is to build muscle by resistance training.  If done the right way you can burn up to 2x's the amount of calories you would if you were to do cardio.  Muscle is the driver of your metabolism and helps you burn calories all day long even when you're watching TV.

The best workout schedule for getting the fastest results are 3 "Total Body Workouts" per week, for example Mon-Weds-Fri.  In each of the workouts you want to work all of the major body parts i.e. Total Body.  This will ensure not only to most muscles being built but the most calories burned.

Here's a sample workout:
  1. Planks
  2. Crunches
  3. Squat to Curl to Press
  4. Chest Press
  5. Back Rows
  6. Shoulder Press
  7. Leg Presses
Along with a low calorie diet, you would follow this type of program for 4 weeks before changing the exercises to eliminate boredom.  A four week plan of sets and reps for each exercise is:
  1. 1-2 sets of 20 repetitions
  2. 1-2 sets of 15 repetitions
  3. 2 sets of 15 repetitions
  4. 3 sets of 12 repetitions