There’s no question that losing weight is hard – really hard. So, when it comes to losing weight, you’ve got to make sure that you’re getting decent and hearth-thumping workouts in regularly in combination with a healthy diet to achieve your desired fat burn. While we’re definitely a fan of the classic workout routine of cardio and strength training, we also believe that it’s important to mix things up and try different workout routines.
Not only does this keep you interested in working out, it also ensures that you’re challenging your body in new ways regularly. If you’re in the market for a new balls-to-the-wall routine, we’ve got you covered. Just bear in mind that your workout routines should be backed up by healthy eating habits and rest to be effective. After all, you can’t outrun a bad diet.
Routine 1: Boot Camp
Boot camps are huge in the fitness community not just because they’re fun and foster a sense of community, but also because they’re fantastic at keeping your metabolism level elevated. Combining the best of interval training and resistance training, boot camps will have you performing a mix of cardio and strength focused exercises.
The exercises are performed at your maximum capacity for short bursts of time and are mixed with moments of rest to make sure that you get great caloric burn going. Now remember that you should let your instructor know if you’re new to boot camp. This workout routine is intense, so it’s crucial that your instructor is aware for the purpose of providing you with modifications if needed. Your instructor will also need to keep an eye on your form so that you avoid injury and have a great time.
Routine 2: Running
Many people write running off of the list because they see it merely as a cardiovascular exercise. If you’re one of these people, you’ve been missing out. Now, it is important to note that if you’re going out on a lackadaisical jog, then of course you won’t be losing any weight. The most effective way to burn fat while running is to really throw down. Find a hill or some kind of incline to sprint up.
If you’re on the treadmill, crank that incline up! Running at an incline forces your body to utilize your glutes and your legs (which happen to be the largest muscle groups in your body), thus using up much more energy than you would on a light jog. When it comes to running up hill, it’s important to keep proper form so that you’re maximizing your energy. This means leaning into the hill and driving your knees high while striking the ball of your feet down directly under your body.
Routine 3: Cross Fit
There’s a reason that CrossFit has skyrocketed in popularity amongst the fitness community: it reaps fantastic rewards. You can pretty much say goodbye to boredom when you’re doing CrossFit because the workouts are so varied. One day you could be doing kettlebell swings, rope climbs and box jumps and the next you’ll be powering through dead lifts, squats and pull ups. Another reason why tons of people love CrossFit is because it’s designed to be a short (but intense) workout.
If you’re thinking about getting into the CrossFit game, look for a gym that has a professional and well-informed coach who can adjust the workouts to suit your level of fitness. It’s also crucial to make sure that you don’t overdo it. With workouts this intense, it’s easy to push yourself to the point of an injury, which is totally counterproductive to your weight loss journey.
Routine 4: Swimming
If running makes you want to puke or if you’re looking for a workout routine that is low impact and injury friendly, swimming is your best bet. Not only does swimming work all of your major muscle groups, it will also help you build joint strength. Of course, you won’t do your body any good by simply jumping into the pool and splashing around. It’s best to go in with a concrete plan of action.
For example, start your routine off with a few minutes of treading water. Go for as long as you can at the deep end of the pool, using and egg beater motion with your arms and legs to keep your head above water. After your warm up, rest for a few minutes before swimming 10 sets of 100 meters with your stroke of choice.
You can rest a minute between each set and still exit the pool with your muscles thoroughly worn out. It’s also crucial to bear in mind that your choice of stroke will have an effect on your caloric burn. For example, you definitely won’t burn as much calories swimming the breast stroke than you would swimming freestyle.
Routine 5: Tabata
There are a lot of people out there who use a lack of time as an excuse to skip working out. The fact of the matter is that if you really want to work out and are serious about losing weight, then you’ll find the time or make the time to get some activity in. One great workout routine that you can do if you’re short for time is Tabata.
We’re not joking when we tell you that it will literally just take four minutes of your time. Tabata is designed to be a high-intensity interval that has you going all-out for 20-seconds the moving on to 10 seconds of rest. This continues for 8 repetitions. While Tabatas are great when you’re struggling to carve time out of your day to work out, try not to make it your go-to workout.
Your body will quickly adjust to the intervals and you’ll eventually need to increase your time and effort to get the same effect. It doesn’t really matter what exercise you’re performing for your Tabata just as long as you can exert your full effort into it. Some people like to go for 8 rounds of a single exercise while others like to pick 4 exercises like jump rope, squats, high jumps and mountain climbers, then go two rounds of each.