Hello my blog readers!
What I wanted to share with everyone is the importance of doing INTENSE ACTIVITY to INCREASE YOUR METABOLISM. Whenever you are working out whether it is lifting weights, hiking up a mountain, performing push ups or running on the treadmill, really focus on maintaining intensity in your workouts. PUT YOUR MIND IN THE MUSCLE! Did you know that you can build more muscle and burn more calories by concentrating on what you’re doing instead of staring off into space or thinking about all the things that you have to do that day in between sets? You won’t achieve the results you are looking for if you are not mentally present when you workout. Next time you are lifting weights try to THINK about the muscle you are working-it will maximize your results!!
Your cardio workouts should be at a decent level of intensity as well. I have up many of my clients’ metabolism by doing high intensity interval training (HIIT) from time to time. What I like best about it is it does not take a lot of time and you feel AMAZING afterwards. Interval training involves performing any cardiovascular exercise at a high intensity (think 8-9 out of 10 effort) for a short period of time and then dropping the level of intensity, to recover, for the same period of time. An example is running as fast as you can for 2 minutes, then slowing down to a slow jog or a walk for 2 minutes. These intervals fire up your metabolism by shocking your muscles. Studies have shown that people who incorporate high intensity interval training into their workouts lose TWICE as much weight as those who don’t!
My favourite HIIT workout is a TABATA workout…
Here is how you do it-
Choose an exercise (ie-SQUAT JUMPS-PUSH UPS-JUMP LUNGES-MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS)
Perform as many reps as possible within 20 seconds – maintain good form
Rest for 10 seconds
Perform 7 more sets
Move on to the next exercise..
You will definitely need to use a clock, stopwatch, workout buddy or a dedicated HIIT timer to keep track of your work sets and rest periods.
Check out this video and you will learn how to get a killer workout in 4 minutes…
And another video of my good friends (and personal trainers/pro fitness models) Lucas Couturier and Honore Levesque performing a killer circuit interval workout outside…
Try adding some high intensity interval training into your workouts and let me know how it goes!