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Best Cardio For Fat Loss

Training for weight loss Generally, when most people want to lose weight they cut back on calories and begin a cardio program usually in the form of prolonged low-moderate intensity exercise such as a 45-minute walk or 3-mile jog, etc. Although this form of training does have its benefits including; improved cardiovascular health and the burning of calories, while performed, you get virtually no significant bump to metabolism after stopping. In fact, without resistance, exercise large amounts of cardio can actually lead to a loss of lean body mass thus lowering metabolism. Basically, if we can train for the same duration but continue to burn calories after leaving the gym due to activating the metabolism why not? We all want more bang for our buck! Sprint Training Drills It’s easy to distinguish the difference in body structure between an Olympic track sprinter versus a long distance runner: the sprint athlete usually holds a lot more muscle mass. A study at NSW University in Australia found that test subjects who used a sprint format of 8second sprints with 12 seconds rest in between lost 3 times as much weight in 20 minute sessions – compared to a group working at moderate intensity for 40 minutes! That’s not to bash the long distance runner, but emphasise why sprint training may be your go-to for breaking that weight loss plateau! In regards to the above… There maybe two reasons for this: 1) High intensity training increases the release of a group of chemicals from the adrenal glands known as catecholamines. These chemicals are known for their fight or flight response in the body. Another effect is an increased release of fatty acids from the cells. 2) High intensity training, being more vigorous, causes more tissue damage, therefore necessitating more body repair. This requires greater resources and elevates metabolism for an extended period. This is called afterburn. Because of the demands of this type of training you should already have a fairly good level of fitness; consider this a progression to your routine rather than a starting point. Also, if you have health issues this may not be an advisable course for you. Those of you who want the benefits of sprinting but have bad knees – it may benefit you to perform swim or cycle sprints. If it’s shoulder problems cycling should work! Let’s get started. Sprint training drills: example programmes As you will see I have outlined 3 example programmes. These can be performed on a treadmill, but if possible try and get outside to do these. Take a stopwatch, find some open space and enjoy the fresh air. Keep mixing it up! Always ensure a thorough warm up with stretching and movement drills! Pre-training exercise

Warm-Up/Activation 20 Meter Drills x 2-3 times
High-step Walking (lifting knees up to hip level)
High-step jogging (lifting knees up to hip level)
Forward Bounding (exaggerated:focus on foot push-off)
Zig Zag Forward bounding  As normal
Quick Feet to high knee drill small strides fast steps >high knees

Speed Drill Programmes: 1,2,3

Speed Drills 1 Speed Drills 2 Speed Drills 3 | M=Metre
30 Seconds Sprint 60 Sec Sprint 3reps/10m/100% effort
60 Second Rest 90 Second Rest 3reps/20m/100% effort
Repeat x 20 Min Repeat x 30 Min 3reps/40m/100% effort

To ensure proper form, you should not be fatigued when you complete the drills. Form is the first thing to suffer when you are tired, so if you don’t complete the workout that is fine just aim to keep form good and build it up. If you continue when tired then improvements stop and this is when athletes become injured. Here are a few points to keep in mind with regards to form. Sprint Drills: Maintaining Proper Form Avoid bending forward at the waist Push from the balls of your feet (not the toes) Focus your vision to the end of the course Keep smooth forward/backward arm swings(not across the body) hands pump from shoulder height to hips (men) and from chest height to hips (women) Elbows at 90 degrees at all times Maintain relaxed arms, shoulders and hands Avoid head bobbing or twisting Keep momentum forwards not side to side Maintain full extension in back leg

By Stephen Hannah

API-Caveman Training Coach


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