Less Time Training.. Faster Results..
The problem with interval work is you cant do it every day.. and it focuses too much on the lower body.
Combine too much of it with “leg training days” and you can end up losing muscle from too much demand and not enough recovery.
When you view your conditioning work as add-ons for fat loss Adding on to an already sound weight training and diet program you should be thinking mostly in whole body approaches and taking yourself above and beyond exclusively focusing on aerobic work..
The best type of training to maximize fat loss, minimize muscle loss, and enhance metabolism are circuit type interval sessions that are primarily based on movements rather than muscles.
Meaning, it is total-body and functional in nature, and not a “chest circuit” or “arm circuit”
But it also doesn’t need to be either or you don’t have to separate your weight training work from your fat loss specific programming.
For example let’s say you’re training the shoulders
You can get an intelligently designed session in by being traditional in terms of strength movements and rep ranges for the shoulders..
but between sets work other muscle systems not involved in that range and plane of motion.
Therefore, the local area recovers while the body keeps working to ensure a cardio response of maximum heart rate or close to it on the Perceived Exertion Scale.
This is what intelligently structured combination fat loss training is all about.
Instead of going back and forth between muscle groups which again demands too much recovery time between workouts, we can go back and forth from a muscle group to various functional movements.
Because the functional movement options involve so many muscles to do the work, the work is spread out requiring less specific muscle recovery, but tons more metabolic demand and cardiorespiratory response.
This way, you can enhance body parts (build muscle tissue), get a cardio benefit, and burn fat all at the same time.
You can create these types of workouts through supersets, tri-sets, giant sets, or full on circuits containing 10 or more exercises in a row. The options are limitless here, and yet the essence of the principles, methods, and true understanding of fat loss physiology shine through.
Not to backtrack too much, but bringing up hormonal response, it is also a fact that aerobic activity triggers a cortisol response that is catabolic, meaning not anabolic, to the tissue building process.
This type of programming sequence I am mentioning above has also been proven to promote and elevate the anabolic hormones, not suppress them.
It is a fact that long-distance runners suffer sustained and prolonged suppressed testosterone production.
Yet, this has never been seen in the method I am outlining above – and yet my method can still gets you absolutely ripped I’ve done it over and over again in my practice. Let’s go over a couple of examples of what this type of programming can look like in a workout form.