I love strength training. Nothing beats the thrill of challenging your body through heavy compound lifts. As much as I focus on strength and performance, I also value my appearance. It feels good to look in the mirror and be happy with what you see. That’s why emphasize fat loss in my fitness routine.
Burning fat will also reveal your hard earned muscle from lifting weights. Doing finishers at the end of your workout will help you burn a ton of fat. Sometimes the best way to train for fat loss is doing a separate fat burning workout.Here’s a list of my favorite fat burning workouts:
400 to 100 M sprints:
I mentioned this workout in a previous article of mine but it’s so effective I have to mention it again. I learned about this from an article written by legendary strength coach Charles Poliquin. In addition to burning a ton of fat, this workout has been found to support your muscle building hormones like HGH and testosterone. There are 4 sets of sprints in this workout. Each sprint goes varying distances
400 meter sprint
Rest for 4 minutes
300 meter sprint
Rest for 3 minutes
200 meter sprint
Rest for 2 minutes
100 meter sprint
Kettlebell Swing Workout: The workout is as simple as the name says. It’s a workout in which you only do kettlebell swings. To make it even simpler, you do 30 seconds of swings followed by 30 seconds of rest. Sometimes you can rest longer if necessary. The goal is to get at least 10 minutes of swings at the end of the workout. It seems like a short amount of time but it makes a difference.
Hill Repeats: I mentioned this workout in a previous article. This is another simple workout I do. The hill I run on is about 20 yards long. In this workout, you’ll sprint up the hill as fast as possible and walk down the hill. I normally do 3 sets of 7 sprints with a minute rest in between.
Funnest Fat Burning Workout : The funnest fat burning workout is playing a sport. When you’re playing a sport, you’re constantly moving at different speeds and in different directions. Your body is working hard and you’re often pushed further based on what your opponent or teammate is doing. Playing sports also helps you make friends and build relationships. My go to sport is pickup basketball.
Closing Thoughts: The reason I do these specific workouts for fat loss is because they compliment my strength training. Kettlebell swings and sprints work a lot of the same muscles used in lifts like squats and deadlifts. They also help me with my ability to generate power, which makes a big difference in weight lifting and sports performance.