Friday, May 13, 2016

Which Workout Is Best For Me? #2

I am continuing a three-part series to help you determine how much exercise you really need. News headlines tout the seven-minute workout. Another study stated we need to exercise one hour a day to prevent premature death. The truth is, what's best depends largely on your goals and how hard you are willing to push yourself. Use this three week guide to tweak your routine to match your goals.

YOUR GOAL: LOOK MORE TONED

YOU NEED: STRENGTH TRAINING 2X A WEEK + CARDIO OR HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) 2X A WEEK

Strength training can change your shape even if you haven't lost an ounce. People who did a twice weekly total-body strength routine gained three pounds of lean muscle after 10 weeks. A 72-hour recovery seems to be the best time frame for maximizing muscle development. If you maxed out a muscle on Monday, wait until Thursday to train it hard again. Strength training triggers microscopic tears in muscle cells, which, when repaired days afterward, make muscles stronger. It's important not to shortchange the recovery process.

Do eight to ten different moves to target the major muscle groups (shoulders, chest, back, arms, abs and legs). Start with one set of 12-15 reps. That one set will deliver maximum muscle gains in beginners. As you get stronger, add sets and mix it up with higher reps/lighter weight and lower reps/heavier weight. You need heavy loads to elicit the muscle changes that deliver definition and build strength.

Cardio is key for burning the fat that hides the muscles. Mix up your routine by adding intervals and moderate steady state workouts. Give yourself 48 hours of rest between HIIT and strength training to maximize recovery. To understand more about High Intensity Interval Training, check out my past blog at HIIT Training

NEXT WEEK'S GOAL: STAY HEALTHY

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