How To Go From A Keg Belly To A Six Pack
I often get asked, “What’s the best way to burn fat and lose my belly?” People want to know if aerobics is better than strength training, or if traditional cardio exercise is better than intervals.
Well, to say I’ve done them all would be an understatement.
I have spent, at least, 15 years of training in the gym, both for myself and sports and used laboratory research showing many exercises. I can tell you now what works best and what you should not spend time on.
Some people can spend 90 minutes per day on exercise and others cannot. I want to help those of you who are limited on time. Let’s see what works best for you.
Exercise magazines portray that we need 90 minutes to exercise. People don’t have that and disconnect.
We just don’t have 6-8 hours per week for exercise, nor do we need it. If you’re a triathlete, you might need that, but not someone that just wants to lose fat and gain muscle.
Having said all that, the bottom line for getting a better body is…
For warming up use your body-weight, to build muscle use strength training supersets, and then to burn fat in a short amount of time and finish your workout use interval training. This system is made so that you can be in and out of the gym in 45 minutes only 3 times per week.
Warm up using 5 minutes of bodyweight exercise. This will be much more effective than walking on a treadmill. Walking on a tread mill will only get you ready to walk more on a treadmill.
The next 20 minutes are going to be spent with strength training supersets. Use two exercises back to back with minimum rest in the middle. For this you will use basic exrcises and depending on your goal for muscle building possibly add more bodyweight exercises.
And finally, we’ll do 18 minutes of interval training. A warm-up, followed by six short intervals at the appropriate fitness level for the client, interspersed with short periods of low-intensity recovery. Finish with a cool-down. And that’s the workout. Again, about 45 minutes total.
Most people run, cycle or ride a cardio machine for 45 min. straight which will burn calories. But won’t get you that six pack.
The downside to long cardio includes injuries due to overuse of a muscle and it really is an inefficient way to exercise. If you only have 30-45 minutes to workout, when are you going to work the rest of your muscle groups and get that beautiful body you want if you are on 1 cardio machine for 45 minutes?
So the best way to burn belly fat is with a combination of strength training and interval training. It’s fast, it works, and it’s fun!