Guest Post from Kate Vidulich, Master CTT
Strength training is the gift that keeps giving. You burn calories during your workout. You also burn them for hours after while at rest. So you should just work harder and burn more calories, right?
There’s a catch. Your body adapts… and you have to be more creative to get the results you want, especially when training for fat loss.
I know you LOVE challenging workouts and exercises, so here are 5 moves you can do to burn more calories before and after your workout.
Warning: these are not for the faint of heart or beginners.
Here we go…
Exercise #1: Mountain Climbers on TRX or Gliders
Let’s be honest. Regular bodyweight mountain climbers are not the toughest of moves. But add the floor gliders or TRX and you’ve got a whole different animal on your hands! Not only do my boot campers hate this move – so do I.
But hey, it will get you sexy results in no time flat.
This exercise requires solid core strength and helps to develop power in your legs. Think horizontal sprinting.
Now try 4 minutes of 20:10 intervals (20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest and repeat for 8 rounds)
Did your body your body just say, “Are you bloody kidding me?”
Yeah, mine too.
Exercise #2: DB Thruster
This powerful, explosive exercise is not for the faint of heart.
You can count on this total body move to boost your power and torch calories at the same time, while targeting muscles in your legs, hips, shoulders and core.
This will boost your afterburn so you continue burning calories long after your workout.
But I catch people doing this wrong all the time. Here’s a tip when doing DB or barbell thrusters:
(i) Hold the weight in front of your shoulders, with elbows bent.
(ii) Take 2 seconds to lower your hips until your thighs are parallel to the floor.
(iii) Push back up, press the dumbbells overhead until your arms are straight.
(iv) Lower the dumbbells shoulder height as you immediately descend into the squat for the next rep.
Exercise #3: Burpees
Sure, this one has been around for donkey’s years. But there’s good reason why it stood the test of time and you STILL find people rocking it.
You can burn over 12 calories per minute using the world’s best 3-second bodyweight exercise. And you will in amazing shape fast!
Add a push up into the equation, if you’re feeling extra adventurous.
But don’t let me catch you twerking… keep your butt down, ok?
Exercise #4: Walkout (with Variations)
This exercise may look easy… But no judging.
The hand walk out to plank is a totally underrated exercise. It teaches your abs and lower-back muscles to play nicely together, and also develops strength and stability in the shoulders while creating a “metabolic flush” – meaning the blood is shunted from your legs, to your upper body and back to your legs again in quick succession.
The cool thing is, you can the walkout and add different exercises and make it even crazier.
One of my favorite variations to love/hate is the walkout to cross body mountain climber. Check it out below…
Exercise #5: Kettlebell Swings
This move rocks – if you get the technique right.
You want to generate most of the power in your hips, and fire your glutes hard to pop the kettlebell up to eye level. Avoid going all the way overhead, or you’ll lose the muscle engagement in your lats.
And don’t be afraid to grab a heavy bell, either. You can do it!
What do all these exercises have in common?
You’re using more than one muscle group – actually a ton of muscle groups – so you skyrocket your heart rate, metabolism and continue burning calories long after your workout ends.
Want to seriously boost your afterburn? Put these exercises in to super circuits.
You will burn calories just looking at this. 😉
Circuit 4: Fat Loss Accelerator
– Do as many reps as possible in 45 seconds with perfect form
– Rest 15 seconds between exercises
– Repeat for 2 rounds (10 minutes total)
4A) Walkout to Push Up
4B) Ski Jumps
4C) Prisoner Reverse Lunge (alternating)
4D) Squat Thrusts
4E) KB or DB Swings
This circuit is from 1,000 Calorie Accelerators System (Elite level) and designed for advanced folks only. But even if you’re not advanced, you can still rock this program at beginner or intermediate level.
In the program, you’ll do a dynamic warm up, followed by a tough Ab Accelerator, a metabolic resistance training circuit and then do battle with this density fat loss accelerator.
It’s time to rock this!
Kate Vidulich, BSc, ACSM, Master CTT
Author of 1,000 Calorie Accelerators System
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