There is not a single workout that is perfect for every body type. You want to create your workout with exercises that are congruent with your body and your fitness goals. A single type of exercise or workout routine that may have given great results for one person may not give much for another person. Their bodies, metabolisms, recovery rate and general fitness can be radically different than yours. Of course, there are some exercises out there that are generally better than others.
Unbeknownst to most, movement is the most important factor in calorie and fat burning when considering adding an exercise to your fitness regime. If you choose an exercise with little to no movement, then it is to be expected that you would burn less calories compared to an exercise that requires you to move more of your body over a wider range of motion. The more complex movements (exercises) per workout, the the more calories you will burn. Complex movements use various muscles at one time. With this type of movement your heart rate will stay at a high pace which will result in a faster fat burning process.
Choosing The Right Exercise for You
Exercises that are more complex that should form the base of your routine are squats, lunges, push ups, step ups, deadlifts, and bent-over rows. A few examples of isolation exercises that should be added for detail and shaping are crunches, bicep curls, leg extensions, triceps extensions, and hamstring curls. You can get creative and mix two exercises to make an even more complex movement. It can be fun trying out different exercises, but you need to make sure to perform them correctly to prevent injury or wasting your time.
Here are some combination exercises I will use in a personal training or boot camp session:
- Side lateral raise with lunging backwards
- Dumbbell curls will lunging forward
- Dumbbell overhead press with squats
- Front dumbbell raise with backwards or side lunge
- Walking lunge with twist holding a medicine ball
Now that you know the right type of exercises to choose, you can then opt to increase the intensity of your workout. Try performing a superset, which means you do two or more exercises back to back. This will surely get your heart pumping faster, the calories burning intensified. Doing three or more exercises in this fashion is generally referred to as a giant set. To further step up the calorie burning intensity, you should finish your gym session with your fat burning cardio workout. You can opt to do a longer steady state cardio session or a shorter and more intense interval cardio session.
The most efficient way of creating a fitness routine containing only exercises with complex movements would be to meet with one of my Los Angeles fitness trainers. Although you know the type of exercises you need to do during a workout, a personal trainer will know the right combination in order to reach your goal of losing weight or building muscle efficiently. We will also focus on creating a diet for you so your body gets the proper fuel for working out and burning fat at the same time.
by Jason Kozma