Total Body Workouts May Be the Fat Loss Secret You're Ignoring

September 29, 2015

Total Body Workouts May Be the Fat Loss Secret You're Ignoring

To build the body of our dreams we need to dedicate one day a week to workout one muscle group for chiseled perfection. This is what the fitness pros and gym buffs tell us. We do our best to dedicate that amount of time but spending 1-2 hours in the gym six days a week just isn’t practical. There is thing called “life” that just seems to creep up and get in the way of this grueling schedule. Besides, we need to leave room for happy hours with friends and Netflix.

High-priority social engagements aside, there has to be a more efficient way to work out our entire body, lose fat, build muscle and get on with life. And that is why total-body workouts are the secret weapons for fat loss that have eluded us for far too long.

Burn More Fat in Less Time

Total-body workouts involve complex movements and more than one major muscle group. These types of movements elevate heart rate and challenge muscles to work anaerobically, or without oxygen, which means burning more calories in less time. Exercises like squats and deadlifts recruit the glutes, core and lower back to do most of the work. Squat jumps and burpees gives us even more of a fat-burning boost because the HIIT nature of these exercises activate the “after burn” principle (EPOC) which boosts our metabolism for hours after our workout.

 

Reveal Sculpted Muscle

Who wants to workout 6 times a week, hitting one muscle group per workout? Bo-ring. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Take burpees for example. Yes, they can be torture but no one gets bored doing burpees and they are challenging to who is doing them. And rightly so. This exercise engages legs, lower abs, core, arms and upper body. Your whole body is on fire. Now throw in forearms, glutes and back for exercises like deadlifts or any variation thereof and you have total body bonanza.

 

Keeps Things Fresh

Let’s face it, we live in an instant-gratification society. We want our perky butt and we want it now. We want tank top arms all year ‘round but we don’t want to stand around doing mundane curls when we can be doing pull-ups or chin-ups and simultaneously carving out a sexy back. Meow!

 

Strong is the New Skinny

If power and strength are your goals, full-body movements will allow you to exert the most total-body effort. It’s also the best way to a superhero-esque bod.

 

Time is on Your Side

According to a recent Gallup poll, 51.6% of Americans work out three or more times a week for at least 30 minutes. The American College of Sports Medicine suggests adults get at least 30 minutes of basic fitness 5 days a week, (yawn) or three days a week for intense exercise (now, we’re talking). For busy people, total body workouts would be a much more efficient use of workout time. If you are pro bodybuilder or fitness competitor that needs isolated strength training then a split workout routine is the way to go. For the rest of us it’s best get it in, get it done and get on with life. Take total control of your time, get tight and get toned with a total-body workout today!


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