Exercise Protocols

Posted on May 17th, 2010 by Mic in Fitness Model Workout Ideas

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Hi,

Let’s look at the exercise protocols we have been talking about the last few posts.

First we saw how long cardio sessions are not the most productive way to burn fat.  Short bursts of exercise are much better for burning fat and sprinting is an excellent way to rev up your metabolism.

Then we added a word of caution for those of you who thinking doing more of something – even if it is good for you – is the best way to go.

It isn’t.  Your body can only take so much.  You and your coach have to find that balance point of pushing yourself without over pushing yourself.

There are a lot of exercise protocols that are really pushing the envelope for fitness.

These are usually high intensity programs.  The premise is to get you sweating and breathing hard for a really long period of time.

Again this is a problem.  Your body needs breaks from non-stop activity.

So doing 10 pushups, 10 squats, 10 lunges, 10 pushups, 10 pullups, 10 DB shoulder presses and so on non stop is not the way to go.

However, doing just that will burn more fat.  the problem is you can’t do it for long.  Trying to go 45-60 minutes non-stop will only work for very young fitness buffs.

That doesn’t mean these fitness programs are entirely wrong.  They have the right idea.  They just fall victim to the same “more is better” mantra that is so popular.

So what can you do?

Let’s break the above example down.  Instead of doing 10 pushups, 10 squats and so on, do this instead.

Do as many pushups as you can, then stand up and do as many squats as you can.  Don’t worry about making a certain number, just do as many as you can.

Now rest.  Rest until you feel like you are ready to go again.  Do as many pushups as you can, then do as many squats as you can.

Rest again.  When you are ready, go on and do two different exercises.  Repeat the same pattern as above.

When you are done with those two exercises, then do one more group of two different exercises the same way.

Now this program is not designed to work on strengthening or building up  a specific muscle – although it can be adapted for this pretty easily.

Rather this program is designed to improve your fitness levels.  And it will help you burn fat much easier.

Stay tuned for ways to modify this specifically for you.

Thanks,

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