My clients know me well enough to expect Tabata circuits to be a regular part of thier at-home training sessions. Why do I love this four-minute, high-intensity approach? Because Tabata circuits torch calories, facilitate weight loss and challenge everyone, from beginners to pros.
Simply put, high intensity equals results. So even if you work out for less time, as long as you give it your all between rests, you will burn an average of 15 calories per minute.
What is a Tabata circuit?
Alternate between 20 seconds of high-intensity exercise (e.g. burpees) and 10 seconds of rest for a total of 4 minutes. Allow for at least one full minute of rest between circuits.
What keeps it interesting is you can switch between exercises (for example, alternate burpees and Russian twists). As long as you work hard (and take full advantage of your rests), these circuits will elicit results.
Have you noticed that the hand weights that used to challenge you and leave you pleasantly sore after a session are feeling a little underwhelming? If yes, it may be time to increase your weight.
Different goals for men and women
My male clients, for the most part, greet this suggestion with open arms. Women on the otherhand are often uneasy with the suggestion of lifting more weight, suspicious that it will cause them to bulk up.
To these clients (and women alike), let me assure you that a couple of extra pounds on your hand weights will only help you with toning and increasing muscle definition (not bulk), which helps one burn more calories at rest (and lead to weight loss and a more toned and athletic body).
What if I do want to bulk up?
If your goal it to increase muscle mass, this can be done…and it is a purposeful program (coupled with a meal plan that increases caloric intake substatially). Before I embark on any at-home program with a client, we discuss your goals and any initial questions (and any that come up along the way).
If you answer yes to any of the following, it may be time to talk to your trainer about increasing your hand weights:
- Your progress plateaued
- You have never increased your hand weight
- Your weights are no longer a challenge to lift
- You can do endless reps
Interested in at-home training and meal plans, contact HomeBodyFit to achieve your fitness goals!
by Alex Carneiro, BodyBuiliding.com
Dropping body fat isn’t as easy as just working out and eating right. Misinformation can quickly lead to slip-ups and pitfalls. Avoid them with these five tips!
1. DIETING IN FITS AND SPURTS
Dieting: Let’s briefly analyze the concept itself. Most people jump on the dieting bandwagon with a specific timeframe and goal in mind. The logic might go a little something like this: “If I cut carbs for six weeks, I can fit into that pair of pants,” or, “If I replace sweets with veggies for the next few months, I’ll lose those last 10 pounds in time for my high school reunion.” No matter their reason, most people have something they’re striving for and a due date for when it has to be completed.
The reality is that we all want things done now. We want everything to be fast and effortless. Whether it’s a 30-day challenge or a 90-day transformation plan, it seems that nearly every goal has a date or finite time associated with it. While a sense of urgency might initially get you off the couch and into the gym, will it dramatically change you in the long run? Probably not.
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