With the outside temperature rising these past days, we feel that summer is starting to get close! If what you see in the mirror makes you nervous, you are far from alone. Here are three techniques to apply in your workouts to increase your calorie expenditure!
1. Focus on multi-joint exercises
Yes it is often interesting to do isolation exercises at the end of a workout, but if your program strongly depends on these types of movements, it is far from optimal for burning fat.
Multi-joint exercises should form the basis of your training. Since they engage a maximum of muscle tissue and increase the weight you can lift, they consequently increase the number of calories you burn during your workout.
2. Use heavier weights by reducing rest periods
Reducing the loads and increasing the repetitions is a typical technique when thinking about losing fat. Most people believe that if you do more reps, you do more work and burn more total calories during your workout.
However, this is not really the case! Indeed, training with a heavier weight, around your maximum of 6 repetitions, helps to increase your metabolism for a longer period of time than using lighter loads.
3. Add intensity to your rest periods
If your main goal is to maximize your strength, this method will not be the one to use to achieve your goals. On the other hand, if you want to increase the number of calories burned during your training, this technique is ideal to be incorporated into your workouts!
Rather than recovering as usual, try cardio training methods such as skipping rope, burpees, or performing simple movements that incorporate your legs for 30 to 60 seconds.