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A Beginners Guide To Fat Loss Workouts

Not knowing where to start, can be the biggest hurdle to getting started. And with all of the workout choices available when you are trying to lose fat, it’s easy to get lost in the options. Use this Beginner’s Guide To Fat Loss Workouts to get you started and keep you on track.

Train at home or go to the gym?

Whether you choose to go to a gym or do your fat loss training at home, you can still have effective fat loss workouts. You don’t need any equipment for exercise, but many people enjoy using free weights or cardio machines. The bottom line is that it doesn’t matter where you workout, it only matters that you select an environment that you will use consistently.

Start with the basics.

You don’t need the intricate moves of an Olympic Weightlifter to get started losing fat. All you need to do is keep in mind these four basic categories of movement: push, pull, squat, and jump. Pushing movements include the push up and the overhead press using dumbbells or a barbell. The pull up and the bent over row fall into the pulling category. Squats (both with weights or with only your body) obviously fall into the squat movements. And jumps include skipping rope, burpees, and box jumps.

Anything is better than nothing.

Should you be running 5 miles each day to lose weight? Or lifting heavy weights in the gym? The most effective workouts for fat loss are high intensity short duration workouts using compound movements. That includes circuit training (using several exercises that you do one right after the other with minimal rest between exercises) and interval training (using one or more exercise in short maximum effort work periods followed by short rest periods).

But here’s the thing. . . if you’ve been sitting on the couch for the several years, nearly any exercise is going to be better than continuing your pattern of couch sitting. The most important aspect of your training when you first start is to select activities that you will do consistently. Can you take a walk around your block every day as soon as you get home from work? Can you do 10 squats on the commercial break of your favorite television program? Do not try to jump right into some intense workout regimen that will only lead to frustration and burn out in a few days. Start slow with activities you will do consistently and let your successes fuel more challenging training.

Always strive to challenge your comfort zone.

So you’ve started to walk around your block every day after work. And after two weeks that walk becomes easy and your weight loss results plateau. It’s time to up the intensity! Intensity can be added in a variety of ways – you can increase the weight you put on the bar for free weight exercises, you can increase the repetitions you do of a movement, or you can move faster and do more work in the same amount of time (or less). Your training should never get easier – it should only get faster or heavier.

When you are first starting to exercise for fat loss, the most important thing to do is to get started. Don’t get lost in the multitude of exercise choices. When in doubt, move! And as you settle into a consistent workout routine, remember to select a training environment that you will use consistently, start with the basics, anything is better than nothing, and to always strive to challenge your comfort zone.


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