Although I am a big fan of cardio and HIIT workouts, I do know the importance of weight lifting. I was not a regular weight lifter until maybe a couple years ago. I now try to fit in a strength workout twice a week on top of my HIIT workout and cardio workouts. A lot of women are scared of weight lifting because they are afraid it will make them huge. THAT IS A MYTH!! Unless you are lifting huge amounts of weight with small reps or doing some sort of body building, that’s not going to happen. Weightlifting builds muscle and muscle helps you burn more calories and fat. Since I am a runner and want to work on my cardiovascular endurance, I do more reps with a lighter weight. I am not afraid to go up in weight!! If it is easy than I am not pushing myself hard enough which means I am not burning calories and toning muscle. You should feel a burn in each round. I have taken you through my cardio workout, my core workout, and my 30 minute HIIT workout; now let me introduce to you my strength workout provided with tutorial videos too!
What is HIIT? HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, is a training technique in which you give all-out, one hundred percent effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, sometimes active, recovery periods. This type of training gets and keeps your heart rate up and burns more fat in less time. (Source: DailyBurn)
This workout suitable for ALL fitness levels and ages. To decrease the intensity either go down in weight or take the LOW options. To increase intensity increase the weight. It is very important to stay on time with the rests. The goal of this workout is to give it 100% effort during your moves followed by rest. Make sure you stay on time with your rests. If you rest too long or too short you will not get the proper workout. You are supposed to feel out of breath in this workout. What I do to keep track of time is to set my stopwatch on my phone and sit it next to me or to wear a stopwatch.
Are you the person who exercises regularly but can’t get a trim waistline? I may have be able to help you with that.
I typically do three 30-40 minutes of cardio focused workouts each week. Cardio is great, but it will not tone or sculpt your muscle. I have already shown you in my 15 Minute HIIT workout how I tone and sculpt my body, but that workout is only meant to be done 1-3 times per week. What can I do the other days so I do not neglect my core muscles? It is simple, add-on a 5 minute core workout at the end of your workouts. Continue reading “6 Minute Core Sculpting Workout”