INTENSE FAT LOSS FACTS!
By far the biggest excuse I’ve heard for not exercising has to be the standard “I don’t have time”. Personally I’m inclined to believe that we become disillusioned with lack of results and therefore lose the motivation to continue.
Are you frustrated with a body that never seems to change despite your endless walks to Cape Town and back on the treadmill? Is your exercise programme working and if not…..why not?
In my quest to try and accommodate, motivate, understand and encourage clients to stay focused on their training an incredible and powerful fat loss story has emerged and its good news! LESS REALLY IS MORE!!
The past two decades have seen us jump, pump, step, slide, salsa, hip hop, lift kettle bells, and take yoga and Pilates. Whilst they’ve all earned their rightful place in the fitness world, there’s a prominent little workout dominating the pack in terms of long term fat loss and increased lean body mass.
High Intensity Interval Training
Sure, we’ve all heard of high intensity interval training (HIIT), since it’s been making its mark for a few years now with many studies citing their research. It’s about doing short, very high intensity intervals with slightly longer recovery periods.
So what exactly sets this incredible workout apart from the rest? I made it my mission to find out and when I came across a workout from world renowned Phil Campbell, which takes care of all the fundamental factors below I found the research “almost too good to be true”.
· Just twenty minutes, two or three times a week this workout burns more fat than running flat out on a treadmill for two hours.
- Dramatically improves muscle tone
- Firms skin and reduces wrinkles
- Boosts energy and sexual desire
- Improves athletic speed and performance
- Allows you to achieve your fitness goals much faster
- Boosts HGH (human growth hormone) dramatically which is the ultimate fitness hormone because it promotes muscular definition whilst reducing fat.
- HGH is also a youth hormone which declines in our thirties and forties – hence many celebs having injections of this powerful hormone.
Campbell’s research is said to revolutionize the health and fitness world over the next decade and I can vouch for that since I’ve successfully being implementing this programme for two years now. It’s about adding anaerobic exercise to your fitness plan and multi-tasking it with cardio. Children and most animals in the wild do not run marathons or lift weights, they move at high speeds for very short periods of time and then rest. This is natural and what optimizes the production of growth hormone.Campbell strongly advises that not only do you NOT NEED to do more than three times a week, you may actually cause more harm than good if you over-do it.
Finally to maximize your HGH release during your fitness training there are some important house rules!
Before training do not have a high fat meal one hour prior but do have a small carb meal to fuel intensity, such as a banana or small bowl of oats.
During training drink plenty of water
After training avoid any sugar, carbohydrates and caffeine for two hours. Eating/drinking this will totally obliterate the HGH you worked so hard to release. Do have 25 grams of protein.Here's a summary of Campbell’s regime using a recumbent bike (although you can perform this on an elliptical machine or treadmill, in a class situation or with any type of exercise you prefer):
- Warm up for three minutes
- Exercise as hard and fast as you can for 30 seconds. You should feel like you couldn't possibly go on another few seconds
- Recover for 90 seconds
- Repeat the high intensity exercise and recovery 7 more times
- That’s it!
Be mindful of your current fitness level and don't overdo it when you first start out. Always seek the advice of your physician before starting out on a new exercise regime.